Charlotte: Royals rugby club awards new crown

News Notes: Carolinas

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments
Published: July 9, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes

Royals award new crown

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Royals, a local rugby football club founded in 2004, held its 4th Annual Crown Royal Pageant on June 10 at the Breakfast Club.

The event, one of the club’s biggest fundraisers of the year, is an amateur drag show produced by the team. Proceeds for this year’s effort topped $1,000.

This year’s theme was “Ladies of the 80s.” It was hosted by Rachel Haircherry (Charles Foesch), who was the 2010 winner. Five performers, ranging from players to supporters, graced the stage. At the end of the evening, Ferocia Starr (Michael Spangler) walked away with the 2011 crown. Sponsors were Sidelines Sports Bar and Toppers Pizza.

Funds raised will be used to send the team to the Bingham Cup in Manchester, England, in 2012. The tournament was named after Mark Bingham, who was a cofounder of the Gotham Knights RFC and a former member of the San Francisco Fog RFC.

Bingham died on Sept. 11, 2001, aboard United Airlines Flight 93. He and other passangers led an effort to reclaim their plane from terrorists, resulting in its crash in rural Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

Thwart Food Lion boycott

SALISBURY, N.C. — Regional grocer Food Lion seems to be experiencing some flack as of late. Their support of LGBT rights and justice have thrown them into the fray against anti-LGBT activists who have launched a boycott.

All this started when Food Lion sent out an advertisement that touted “Partners in Pride” and “Celebrating our LGBT Customers and Associates.”

Equality NC believes that this Tar Heel State company deserves to be applauded for their efforts to celebrate Pride month and the LGBT community.

Take action by sending a letter to Food Lion President Cathy Green, thanking the company for “being a friend.” Visit to participate.