Wade Davis, former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project, will be the keynote speaker at the Equality NC Foundation Gala.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Equality North Carolina Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Equality Gala, “Get Engaged, North Carolina,” on Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m., at The Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St. The festivities will be a celebration of the recent marriage equality win with the activists who were instrumental in achieving this goal.

Keynote speaker will be Wade Davis, the former NFL star who now leads the “You Can Play Project,” a non-profit that tackles discrimination in all sports, organizers announced.

According to ENCF Executive Director Chris Sgro, Davis is considered one of the LGBT movement’s next big names, carrying his own message of LGBT inclusion to this year’s annual meeting of the NFL’s coaches and general managers, in an effort to assist groundbreaking players like Michael Sam and others still to come.

Also appearing at the event will be 2014 Equality award-winners Rep. Susan Fisher (2014 Legislative Leadership Award), Time Out Youth (2014 Organization of the Year), Kelly Spaulding (2014 Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award) and Linda and Mac Stroupe (2014 Bob Page Equality Champions), alongside the state’s top equality activists and pro-equality leaders.

Host accommodations are provided by The Proximity Hotel, 704 Green Valley Rd. Call 800-379-8200 to book reservations.

A special VIP reception will precede the event at 5 p.m. Registration is available online. For those who register by Nov. 9 will receive a special 10 percent discount on the regular Gala rate.

info/registration: equalityncfoundation.org/gala/.

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