Center’s banquet on horizon

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh has announced that its annual “Raleigh Is Coming Out” awards banquet will be held on Oct. 12, 7 p.m., at the Stockroom, 230 Fayetteville St.

Honorees are Art Speery, Distinguished Service Award; Madeline Goss, Community Impact Award; and Jim Manchester, Volunteer of the Year Award.

A silent auction and entertainment will be provided. Auction items include a week’s stay at The Dunes Condominiums in Provincetown, Mass.; a Tiffany & Co. mystery box; and two-nights stay at Lords South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.

Tickets are $100 and are available on a limited basis.

LaToya Hankins

An after-party will take place at Spy Bar, 330 W. Davie St. after the banquet.

On Oct. 6, LaToya Hankins will do a reading and book signing of her debut novel, “SBF Seeking…,” at the center at 411 Hillsborough St. It will be preceded by a reception. The book shares the story of coming out for a Raleigh magazine writer.

In other news, the center is looking for a few in-kind contributions to support its facility and work. Those items needed are: coat tree; landscape design and materials for the center; LGBT-themed DVDs and CDs for the library, as well as books; soft drink and snacks; and digital projector.

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CGN hires webby

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network has recently welcomed Timothy Gaull to its team to serve as its web development user experience and new media architect.

His hiring comes after an exhaustive search for a qualified applicant to fill this role for the growing organization.

The network is still accepting contributions to its web redesign and development initiative.

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