Originally published: Aug. 6, 2012, 8 a.m.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2012, 7:05 a.m.

CHARLOTTE — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight ally delegates and guests will be treated to a special welcome when they arrive for the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Labor Day Weekend.

Community members in Charlotte have announced they’ll host a welcome party for convention-goers and locals. The event, “Unity Through Community Charlotte 2012,” is being billed as the “defining LGBT event” of the convention. It is slated for Sunday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

Organizers say they expect 2,000 to attend, including local community members, LGBT convention delegates and other guests, business leaders, elected officials and celebrities.

Tickets are now on sale and early discount tickets are available for $25 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission, which includes expedited check-in and access to a VIP lounge with love music, private bar and giveaways. Early discount ticket prices expire on Aug. 20. Learn more and purchase tickets at unitycharlotte2012.com.

Event organizers are also currently seeking sponsors. Corporate sponsorships range from as low as $1,000 to as high as $15,000. Individual sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. Sponsorships come with a variety of benefits including event branding and signage as well as general and VIP admission tickets. Learn more at unitycharlotte2012.com/sponsor.html.

Stay tuned to goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/dnc/ for more information on the welcome event and other DNC news and features.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.