hrclogo_smCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala have announced their new co-chairs for their 2014 dinner, slated for Feb. 22, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Held annually each February, the event is a significant state fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

Jay Biles, Christopher Jones and Paige Long will serve as gala co-chairs and oversee a committee in charge of planning the dinner event and fundraising. Each have past experience with the national organization and its Charlotte fundraiser. Biles served as co-chair of the 2006 dinner and became a member of HRC’s national board of governors in 2012. Jones and Long managed the 2013 dinner’s silent auction

“The North Carolina Gala is an award winning event and continues to be the second largest HRC Gala in the country,” Scott Bishop, a member of the group’s national board of governors and a past dinner co-chair, said in a release. “Jay, Christopher and Paige will be working over the next several weeks to assemble a gala committee and to identify the event theme.”

The Westin Charlotte will serve as the 2014 gala’s host hotel. Tickets to the event will be on sale later this summer. The event is currently seeking corporate sponsors, silent auction items, table captains and volunteers. For more information, visit hrccarolina.org.

The state gala has been held in Charlotte for several years starting in 2005 when it attracted a record 1,300-plus crowd. In 2007, the dinner included more than 1,500 guests — the largest HRC fundraising dinner excluding the national dinner in Washington, D.C. The dinner was hosted in Raleigh in 2010 and 2011 before returning to Charlotte in 2012. The first HRC galas in the state were held in Greensboro in 1996 and 1997. The event then moved to Raleigh from 1998 through 2002. Greensboro hosted the dinners again in 2003 and 2004. : :

— Compiled from release

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.