Charlotte party production company Just Twirl knows how to have a good time. For the past three years they’ve
been dazzling Charlotte’s gay nightlife scene with unique parties ranging from Memorial Day Weekend-long extravaganzas to one-night get-downs with military, racing and Hollywood themes.

Twirl to the World's 2010 event also benefited Toys for Tots.

“Life may not be the party that we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance,” is their motto. “We should also give back,” adds company co-owner Zuni Johnson.

This year’s Just Twirl Christmas party, Twirl to the World, is the third time the company will gear up for the holidays with a special celebration meant to do just that. From gifts for needy to children and housing and heat for the poor, Twirl to the World and those who attend the event with donations in-hand will make a real difference.

The annual holiday party, slated for the Visulite Theatre tomorrow, Dec. 10, is unlike other Just Twirl events. The company makes zero profit off the event. Johnson, his partner Jason McCraw and a larger group of friends and community members come together to pay for the full cost of the event, including entertainment, the event venue and decorations.

“We all contribute our own funds,” says party co-host Scott Bishop. “All of the proceeds at the door and gifts donated at the door go directly to charity.”

This year, the party will support Charlotte’s Crisis Assistance Ministry and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

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Those who can’t make the event can contact the group at to learn how they can have their gifts combined with other Twirl to the World participants’ donations.

Stay tuned! Pick up our Dec. 10 print edition or check back here at for our full-length feature on Just Twirl and the Twirl to the World event.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.