News Notes: Carolinas
Going GaGa for TOY
CHARLOTTE â€” Time Out Youth is going â€śGaga for Dadaâ€ť on July 11 at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd.
A DADA [dah-dah] -event is a celebration of all things art, including culture, theme and performance. The fourth annual soiree benefits Time Out Youth while â€śexalting summer, on a canvas of white.â€ť
Cocktail culture begins at 5 p.m. and the curtain call is set for 6:15 p.m. Cash bar available. Hosts are Vito Abate and Kerri Nichols.
Want to win an iPad? There will be a giveaway to be awarded to an attendee during the evening.
General admission is $45. VIP tickets are available for $250 and includes a table for four onstage with the artists during the performance. Parking is available at the RBC Centura lot at 3rd and Colonial around the corner from the theater.
For a list of performers, tickets or more information, call 704-333-8335 or visit timeoutyouth.org.
McCreesh Place given green light
CHARLOTTE â€” The Villa Heights Neighborhood Organization gave it a big thumbs up on May in support of of a $3.5 million expansion plan for McCreesh Place in the North Davidson Street area.
The Charlotte Observer reported in May that this was a real turn around from what was experienced there eight years ago when neighbors were strongly against building of McCreeshâ€™s housing project for homeless addicts. They felt it would bring down property values and escalate crime.
Many of the areaâ€™s meetings are held at the center, as well as bingo games. The homeless men have become â€śendearedâ€ť to Villa Heights. They pick up trash and pass out newsletters.
The expansion will allow for 90 residents to live there, up from 63.
This housing unit, owned by St. Peterâ€™s Homes, is named for the late Fr. Gene McCreesh who was a champion for the homeless and a tremendous supporter of the LGBT community. He was active with the Diocesan Ministry for Gay & Lesbian Catholics and was often found at the bedside of many of Charlotteâ€™s gay men and others who were dying from complications of HIV/AIDS.
For more information, visit stpetershomesinc.org. : :