Holiday party announced

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Takeover Grand Strand will hold its Christmas dinner party on Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., at the Marriott’s Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway, 1351 21st Ave. N.

Cocktail hour is 5:30-6:30 p.m., with dinner from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thirty vacation destinations by Courtyard Marriott will be raffled off during the evening.

Reservations for the dinner are $25 per person and must be purchased online in advance of the event. The menu includes dinner, dessert, tea and bread. Menu for the event consists of mixed greens salad, black cherry pork loin, oven roasted turkey breast, roasted red potatoes and zucchini and squash, followed by assorted cakes and coffee.

Takeover hosts monthly happy hours at various local establishments. It also spearheaded the development of the Coastal Business Guild, the area’s LGBT chamber of commerce. Its initial advisory committee consisted of Angie Knight, Grand Strand Law Group, chair; Adam Bonnett, Courtyard by Marriott; Tim Harvey, The Hoffman Group; and Nate Rohler, TD Bank. The group has been at work to determine the future of the Coastal Business Guild and how to best complete the mission of the organization, shared Terry Livingston, who along with Steve Gamble co-founded Takeover Grand Strand. It has also held its Grand Strand Pride Expo and Gala in August 2015. It featured social gatherings, a business trade show and evening happy hour and dinner with Linda Ketner, co-founder and president of both Alliance for Full Acceptance and South Carolina Equality, serving as the keynote speaker, followed by entertainment and culminating with a Sunday brunch.


Pageant expands contestants

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC will hold its 2016 Drag Pageant at Club South 29, 9112 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy., on Jan 29.

It is currently seeking male and female impersonators for the competition. Participants do not have to live in South Carolina’s Upstate area, but be a drag performer who is at least 18-years-old. No tips can be accepted during competition.

Male and female category winners will receive a crown, sash and a $400 cash prize. They will be crowned Ms. and Mr. Upstate Pride SC 2016 and will vie for the title of People’s Choice as determined by family, friends and audience during the show.

Judging will be based upon Presentation, Evening Wear and Talent. Participants will be tested on emceeing skills, wardrobe creation, special talents and the ability to represent the organization’s “Peace Love Pride” theme.

Interaction with past contestants and drag queens.

A $40 reduced cost registration fee is required by Jan. 24. Those who register at the door on the night of the competition will have to pay $50. Registration time is between 9-9:30 p.m. and order draw will take place at 9:45 p.m.

In other news, the organization is seeking qualified candidates to fill positions on its board. They are: events, volunteer and fundraising chairs and member-at-large. Service is for two years and those elected are asked to attend monthly board meetings.

Candidates are required to fill out an application available online under the positions tab. For questions or more information on duties for each slot, email


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