RALEIGH, N.C. — On July 25, more than 300 people joined the Crape Myrtle Festival for its Studio 35 annual gala at the Lincoln Theater, 126 E. Cabarrus St.

The theme was a play on Studio 54 to celebrate the organization’s 35th year.

The evening’s entertainment included drag performances by Chloe Cassidy, Kristianna Elite and Sasha Everheart. Food was provided by Donovan’s Dish.

The festival supports organizations that help Cathose living with HIV and AIDS in the Triangle and across North Carolina. This year’s gala helped the organization get one step closer to it’s goal of giving $100,000 away. During the evening a silent auction was held as well. A final total raised by this year’s volunteers will be announced in the fall.

info: crapemyrtlefest.org.

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