Donald O'Shields, owner of The Scorpio and Von Entertainment. File Photo.
Donald O'Shields, owner of The Scorpio and Von Entertainment. File Photo.
Donald O’Shields, owner of The Scorpio and Von Entertainment. File Photo.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Scorpio, a local bar popular with the LGBT community, has become a national sponsor of the locally-based Campus Pride, a national organization for student leaders and college groups works to create safer environments for LGBT students on college and university campuses.

The Scorpio, founded in 1968, is the oldest LGBT nightclub establishment in Charlotte. It’s $10,000 donation makes it a national sponsor for Campus Pride, which made the announcement earlier this week.

“Campus Pride is grateful to The Scorpio/Von Entertainment and its owner Donald O’Shields for all their support to LGBTQ youth with this sponsorship gift,” Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer said in a release. “The Scorpio has always been a positive force locally in Charlotte and this sponsorship only reinforces their actions to make the future better for LGBTQ youth. Campus Pride sincerely appreciates this gift to support our work.”

The group is currently promoting a national fundraising campaign, “Campus Pride Day,” coinciding with the national “#GivingTuesday” on Dec. 3.

National organizers of #GivingTuesday, which was first held last year, say they are a “movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.”

The group said The Scorpio’s gift “was made prior to #GivingTuesday to encourage other individuals and businesses to give back this Holiday Season.”

Windmeyer added, “Giving back, no matter how we do it, that’s what the Holiday Season is all about. LGBTQ youth need our support and Campus Pride is touching hundreds of thousands of youth annually. Donations of any size for #GivingTuesday allow us to do even more.”

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— Compiled from release. This writer previously worked as a communications manager for Campus Pride.

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