Upcoming meetings and events across the region will support a variety of community organizations and causes. In Raleigh, two organizations will meet for a fundraiser and dinner.


Crape Myrtle Festival

On April 5, 7 p.m., Patrick Lee and Andrew Horton, co-chairs for the 34th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival and Court, are hosting its Annual Host Party at the Merrimon-Wynne House, 500 N. Blount St., in Raleigh, N.C.

Hosts are those who contribute $150 or more to the cause. Board member Dan Woodard said that anyone can be a host by visiting the organization’s website and making a donation. One does not have to attend the party to be a host. Names of contributors will be listed on the gala invitation and website.

Dress is cocktail attire.

Last year, Crape Myrtle awarded $70,200 to HIV/AIDS and LGBT organizations, in addition to $7,800, which was donated back to the organization’s executive board.

To contribute, visit crapemyrtlefest.org. Recurring payment schedules are available for those who wish to become sustaining contributors. For as little as $12.50 per month, one can become a festival host. Other donation levels include friend, sponsor and benefactor.

Raleigh Business and Professional Network

Dave Holland
Dave Holland

On April 9, the Raleigh Business and Professional Network will welcome Dr. Dave Holland as its speaker at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard Ave., Suite 100, in Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Holland will share his “HIV: Stigma vs. Facts” commentary.

An assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and International Health at Duke University, Dr. Holland has over 10 years of experience with HIV treatment and research.

During his presentation, attendees will be able to learn about transmission risks, including the risk of transmission from HIV-positive individuals who have undetectable viral loads and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Cost is $31 through April 7 and $35 afterward. A full cash bar will be available.

To register and/or become a member, visit raleighnetwork.org.


The National Diversity Council Carolinas hosted a mixer on April 2 at BlackFinn American Saloon for members and guests to learn more about the organization and local events.

Drink specials and complementary appetizers were be provided by Aerotek.

The group’s upcoming LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit, slated for the third week in June, was discussed. The National Diversity Council Carolinas is looking for community members to get involved in planning and offering educational workshops and sessions for the summit.

For more information, contact Brian Richards, council coordinator, via email at richards@nationaldiversitycouncil.org. Individual Carolinas’ memberships are free and entitle one to free access to networking events, updates on local and regional events and opportunity to serve in leadership positions in the Carolinas. National membership ranges from $99 (gold) to $149 (platinum) and are available online at nationaldiversitycouncil.org/membership.

For more information, visit ndccarolinas.org.

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.