Youth benefit slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “Turn Back Time,” a special night of Cher-ity benefiting Campus Pride, will be held on Dec. 29, 9:30 p.m., at The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave.

The show spans six decades of music and brings together 12 drag personalities who will take the stage as Cher impersonators. Host for the evening’s entertainment will be Buff Faye. Featured performers are: Jessica Raynes, Chea Allen (Greg Fulk), Angela Lopez, BethAnn Phetamine, Carmen Banks, Sierra Santana, Natasha De La Mer, Tia Douglas, Kassandra Kassy Hylton, Amber Rochelle, Lucy Furr and Felicia Monet. Note that “drag entertainers may change just as Cher did over the years”, said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.

The Bar at 316 will contribute 10 percent of proceeds to Campus Pride. And, every $1 will be matched up to $10,000.


Strategy planning session set

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Diversity Council Carolinas will hold a strategic planning session on Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m., at One Wells Fargo Center, 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 200.

The session will aim to gather thoughts, ideas and suggestions from local business and community leaders and utilize the feedback to help revitalize the NDC Carolinas in 2015, organizers shared.

All business and community leaders are welcome. Admission is free.

“We would love to hear from you so that we can ensure that your local NDC Carolinas chapter fulfills your diversity and inclusion needs,” organizers added.

Call-in capabilities will be available for individuals who are far from Charlotte and unable to attend.

To RSVP, visit

Wells Fargo serves as sponsor of the event.


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