Bearin’ it at the ball

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Bear Lodge will hold its Coming Out! Cotillion Ball on Oct. 1, 7:30-11 p.m, at the Holiday Inn Raleigh North, 2805 Highwoods Blvd.

Enjoy dancing, refreshments and cash bar along with placing bids on silent auction items to benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Prizes will be awarded during the evening.

Tickets are $25 single/$45 couples and are available online at, at the center at 411 Hillsborough St. from 12-6 p.m. or at the door.

A pre-cotillion party kicks off the evening’s festivities at the center at 6 p.m.

To make contributions or for more information, visit

Awards dinner slated

RALEIGH, N.C. — The 2011 LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Coming Out Awards Dinner will be held on Oct. 7 from 7-10 p.m. at The Stockroom at 230, Carolina Trust Building, 230 Fayetteville St.

Outstanding individuals be recognized for their contributions to the community. A silent auction will help benefit the center. Co-chairs are Paul Coggins and Alan Scott.

Space is limited, so make reservations now. Tickets are $100. Want to sit with a group of your friends? Then let the center handle filling your table which seats 10 with people on a list you provide.

To make reservations, sponsor a special guest or more for more information, visit

Board member sought

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business & Professional Network is seeking names of individuals who would be able to fill a board of director’s position which was recently vacated by Keith Worley. His departure resulted from a relocation outside the Raleigh area.

Applicants should be willing to serve until and including elections in July 2012. A commitment to attend monthly meetings, as well as active participation in the planning and execution of Network events would be required.

For more information, email


Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.