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Ride ’em cowboy!
Queen City Stomp spurs up
Proceeds to benefit Gay Center, Time Out Youth

by Collier Rutledge . Contributing Writer
CHARLOTTE — Grab your lasso, pop on your cowboy hat and slip on those boots. The Queen City Stomp is heading into town and hot cowboys and cowgirls will be stampeding to the Charlotte Eagle for a weekend chock full of fun and exciting activities for country-western music and dance lovers of all ages and stripes.

Southern Country Charlotte presents their unique three-day gathering April 18-20. With no other event like it in the Carolinas, they expect to draw a crowd of 1,000 or more. The Stomp will feature dance swaps, team exhibitions, entertainment and cocktail mixers.

Popular line dance instructor and choreographer Don Curran and Atlanta instructors Scott Schrank and Pepper Sharpe will join local instructor Kenneth Davis in leading dance workshops on Saturday. That evening, singer/songwriter Josh Zuckerman will perform at the Charlotte Eagle.

The group is currently selling their first-ever beginner dance instruction DVD, for a minimum donation of $10.

“Many folks are buying the DVD and learning dances at home before they head to our events,” Southern Country Charlotte President Gary Mathis told Q-Notes. Those who are already bold enough to venture out join the group for their weekly Wednesday night free dance lessons at their home bar, the Charlotte Eagle.

In addition to all the planned dancing and fun, Queen City Stomp is also a fundraiser. “Queen City Stomp brings together like-minded people who enjoy country music and dancing,” Mathis said. “We give people an opportunity to come out and enjoy themselves while giving back to the community at the same time.”

In fact, since its inception in 1991, Southern Country Charlotte’s members and supporters have shown remarkable dedication to the community, contributing over $100,000 in cash, goods and services to local charities. Beneficiaries have included Pride Charlotte and its defunct predecessor, House of Mercy, Metrolina AIDS Project and Toys for Tots.

As in 2007, this year’s Stomp will raise funds for the Lesbian and Gay Community Center, which will receive 50 percent of the net proceeds from the weekend. The remaining 50 percent will be donated to Time Out Youth, a local LGBT youth support organization. Last year, 90 percent of the proceeds went to the Center.

The Community Center donation will be especially important considering the timing. In March, the Center moved from its former home on Central Avenue to the new Music Factory complex in Uptown’s Fourth Ward.

A statement from the Southern Country’s board said, “Southern Country Charlotte feels the sense of urgency to help make this an easy transition for the Center, and continue our history of committed support.”

Many Queen City Stomp activities require paid registration, with packages ranging from $20 to $60, depending on which events you wish to attend. Event sponsorship levels range from $50 to $1,000 and are tax-deductible. Registration costs go directly toward producing the event and the benefitting charities.

Sponsors of the 2008 Queen City Stomp include the Charlotte Eagle, GayCowboyCentral.com, Food Lion and Q-Notes.

info: www.queencitystomp.com . www.southerncountry.com

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