Charlotte LGBT center to award Jim Yarbrough, Denise Palm-Beck at fall fundraiser

'Autumn Jubilee' set for Oct. 12

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: September 19, 2013 in News

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte has announced it will award community leaders Jim Yarbrough and Denise Palm-Beck at its inaugural Autumn Jubilee dinner fundraiser to be held next month.

The dinner is slated for Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., at the center, 2508 N. Davidson St.

Yarbrough and Palm-Beck will be inducted into the group’s Ambassador’s Circle, which honors leaders and donors who have substantially supported the center and community.

Yarbrough, who is the publisher of qnotes, also owns White Rabbit and has been involved in community organizing and leadership since the 1980s, including several terms as an committee member and co-chair for Pride Charlotte activities from 2006-2008.

Palm-Beck served as vice-chair of the LGBT Community Center board in 2007. In 2008, she was made chair of the board and served until the end of her term in July 2010. She was also active with the Charlotte Business Guild and served as a co-chair for Pride Charlotte 2010. Under Palm-Beck’s leadership, the center moved in 2008 from its location on Central Ave. to the NC Music Factory.

Chair Roberta Dunn said the center envisions the October fundraising dinner as one of its signature annual events. A total of four events each year, she said, will be help raise funds for the organization, including the group’s annual Stonewall Celebration and two others still in the works.

Tickets for the event are $50 and include dinner and drinks. Entertainment will include music. The opening address will be given by Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey, with a keynote address offered by Christopher J. Carmichael, a senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank.