CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund (CLGF) will hold its Third Annual Happening on May 13, 12-1:15 p.m., at the Uptown Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St. Mayor Anthony Foxx will serve as keynote speaker.

This luncheon event is held to raise awareness and support for the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, while highlighting its grant program and recent grant recipients who will be notified on April 15. The application submissions were accepted between Jan. 29-March 18. This year there is a of around $40,000 for basic operating grants.

CLGF was established to positively impact the chronic underfunding of LGBT non-HIV programs. National data reveals that less than half of one percent of total philanthropic dollars go to meet the needs of the LGBT community. Local data from a University of North Carolina-Charlotte Urban Institute study and a local needs-assessment confirms that local LGBT organizations operate on shoestring budgets, with more than half of the 40 LGBT service organizations operating on less than $1,000 annually and one third of the organizations having no budget at all. Supporting these organizations and educating the greater Charlotte community about these needs of these organizations is a priority for the Fund.

The Fund is a collective giving and endowment initiative of Foundation For The Carolinas that supports organizations and programs that reach out and serve lesbian and gay individuals and their families, as well as other initiatives that seek to cultivate a more diverse community.

Networking will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $30 and $350 for reserved table for 10. Event sponsorships are available. For more information, call 704-665-1888 or visit

Mama’s time

CHARLOTTE — A CD release party will be held on April 30 at 10 p.m. at Hartigan’s, 601 S. Cedar St., featuring Mama’s Black Sheep. Ashland Miller, formerly of CommonbonD, joins forces with Laura Ceruli who comprise the duo. Cover is $10.

This piece appeared in the April 17, 2010-April 30, 2010 print edition.

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.

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