Patti O’Furniture is set to host the upcoming Twisted Trivia in Spartanburg, S.C.

ASO to host trivia night

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Twisted Trivia will be held on April 15, 8 p.m., at Cleveland Park Event Center, 141 N. Cleveland Dr.

Hosted by Patti O’Furniture, the evening will include a cash bar (beer and wine) and free hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit Piedmont Care.

Prizes will be awarded for team trivia winners, best table name, best costumes and best table decoration. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $40 and are available online.


ASO raffle underway

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Lowcountry AIDS Services has launched its Red Ribbon Mega Raffle with total awards topping out at $40,000.

The fundraiser is made possible by the May 5, 2015, state constitutional amendment ratification which allows certain non-profit organizations to conduct raffles in South Carolina.

Cash prizes up for grabs are: $20,000 first prize, $10,000 second prize and two $5,000 third prizes. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Drawing is slated for May 20.

Proceeds will support Lowcountry’s work serving those living with HIV/AIDS.

“The ability to conduct a legal raffle in South Carolina has opened up an entirely new fundraising source for non-profits,” said Bradley Childs, executive director of Lowcountry AIDS Services. “We are excited to be one of the first local non-profits to conduct a raffle of this caliber. Raffles are a terrific revenue stream because they require little investment for the charity but have a big return. Those purchasing the tickets can feel good knowing the money is going directly to programs and services.”


Pride registrations begin

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC March and Festival, scheduled for Sept. 10 at Barnet Park, has officially opened up its registration process for guide ads, sponsorships, T-shirt and vendors.

To help facilitate registrations, an online store has been secured to handle transactions. Returning sponsors and vendors will receive a 20 percent discount if registered by April 1 using promo code RETVEN16.


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