Date auction approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. — Theatre in the Park, 107 Pullen Rd., will present its “Going Once, Going Twice” fashion show and date auction on March 2, 6:30 p.m., to benefit Crape Myrtle Festival.

Participants are invited to bid on 16 of Raleigh’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes (who will be wearing the newest trends from local clothiers) while enjoying cocktails and mingling and “kiki-ing with the most fierce in the Triangle,” promoters said.

Emcees are Pam Saulsby and Mary Kmart.

The 16 up for bid are Marcello Martinez (principle dancer for the Carolina Ballet), Kelly Spaulding, Dayle Eason, LeighAnn Hughes, Matt Miles, Teresa Zitto, Jaci Field, Drew Horton, Carlos O’Neal, Crystal Campbell, Joshua Grice, Michelle Johnson, Glynis Budd, Brandy Duke, Mark Olexik and Ira Wood IV.

Bartenders are Bobby Elliot and Kim Gulley. Tanning is provided by Jill’s Beach and fashions by Revolver Consignment Boutique and Molly and Scouts. Hair and makeup is being donated bay Carla Ray, Samie Kroes, Cori Lee and The Haircolorxperts at the Arboretum.

The highest bidders win a date and prize package. Tunes will be spun by DJ Zack. A $10 contribution is requested at the door.


Youth group fundraiser planned

DURHAM, N.C. — A dance party to benefit iNSIDEoUT will be held at The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave., on March 9 at 9 p.m.

This adult fundraising event welcomes adult allies and LGBT community members as they enjoy cash prizes, raffles, spinning by DJ Kingpin and drink specials while supporting the youth organization.

Monies raised will go toward expanding efforts for providing a safe space for all youth to form life-long friendships, create and take on projects and develop leadership skills. Contributions also help fund a queer prom and “Backwords,” the group’s literary ‘zine.

One must be 18 to enter and 21 to consume alcohol. Cost is $5.

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Packing party for ENC

RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina (ENC) is getting set to move to new space and are searching for volunteers to help pack up their supplies at 126 E. Hargett St. on March 11, 12-8 p.m.

No heavy lifting is required. Box packing and labeling will be beneficial for the movers, as well as the staff as they begin to settle into their new digs.

In other news, ENC will hold a volunteer night on March 5, 6-8:45 p.m., at their offices. They will discuss ways to engage communities and call upon potential supporters. Participants will be engaged in extensive training during the bulk of the session and is relevant to new and season activists.

To participate in one or both of these events, email

ENC then skips over to Hickory on March 12, 6:30-8 p.m., for a town hall at the Hickory Furniture Mart, 2220 U.S. Hwy. 70 S.E. Attendees should use the South Entrance for access ease to the Taste Full Beans coffee bar.


Authors share novels

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., will welcome authors D. Jackson Leigh and Rebecca Swartz on March 23, 2-4 p.m., for readings from their current works.

Leigh will share an excerpt from “Every Second Counts,” as well as her perspective on the art of writing romance stories. She has penned six lesbian novels thus far.

Swartz brings her voice to “Everything Pales in Comparison,” her freshman novel. It was presented with an Alice B. Readers Certificate, done so for those who have an “outstanding maiden novel.”

Copies of all books will be available for purchase at the meet the author event.


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.