Guild to bestow awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild (CBG), a member of the Charlotte Chamber Diversity Action Council, is hosting its 20th Anniversary Gala on Dec. 1, 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd.

Long-time activist Don King will be the guest speaker.

The event will feature a cocktail/networking cash bar hour, followed by a plated dinner with choice of entrée, as well as entertainment, dancing and door prizes.

During the evening, the guild will present its annual Community Service Award to unannounced recipients in the LGBT community leader, LGBT-friendly business and straight ally categories.

Founded in 1992, the guild has managed the annual awards since 2004.

Admission is $65 per person and can be obtained online at the guild’s website at

Leaders honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grassroots Leadership will honor two Queen City leaders at a special event on Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.

Mecklenburg County Commission member Jennifer Roberts and Unity Fellowship Church pastor Bishop Tonyia Rawls will be given the Community Leader Award for their “enduring dedication to the common good.”

Executive Director Bob Libal and founder Si Kahn will make the presentations.

The function will also serve as a fundraiser, benefiting the work of Grassroots Leadership.

The organization began in 1980 and helped to train and support “leaders, organizers, organizations, networks and coalitions that will make long-term positive change inevitable.”

To reserve a spot, call 704-332-3090 or email

For more information, visit

Chorus brings out reindeers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus will present “The Reindeer Games” on Dec. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.

This holiday concert’s theme is a tribute to the London Olympics. Audience members can compete for glory or cheer on their favorite “OV-lympian, the promoters said. A reception follows.

Tickets are $20, evening shows, and $15 for adults and $10 for children for the matinee. Proceeds go to support One Voice Chorus.

Other concerts in the 2012-13 season are “Telescopic Hearts” on Feb. 17; “Songs of Wisdom” on April 5-6; and “Hollywood Squares: British Invasion” on June 6-8. Details will follow in subsequent qnotes’s issues.

The chorus is also engaged in a challenge campaign that ends on Nov. 30.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte Director John Quillin and Rick Haffner, said that if $2,500 is raised by the deadline date that they will match it. No contribution is too large or small.

Outreach programs slated for December include performances for residents at the Charlotte Men’s Shelter, neighbors visiting Urban Ministries Center, foster families in the region, and public advocates working with the Community Building Initiative.

For tickets, to make contributions or for more information, visit Checks may also be mailed to One Voice Chorus, P.O. Box 9241, Charlotte, NC 28299.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...