Looking for something to do this weekend, all in support of good local causes? Two organizations and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are giving you just that opportunity. Get out and about on Saturday evening with two great community events and a Sunday rally at Freedom Park…
Ray Boltz sings for One Voice Chorus fundraiser
July 11, 7 p.m.
Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
3501 W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte
Featuring openly gay Contemporary Christian singer Ray Boltz. Tickets are $25 online at onevoicechorus.com before noon on Saturday, $30 at the door. The fundraising concert winds down One Voice Chorus’ landmark 25th anniversary season and helps to raise funds for its next season.
From a release: Ray Boltz came out as a gay man in 2008 after a successful career in Contemporary Christian music. He earned three Dove Awards, with more than a dozen number one singles. His popular tracks include “Watch The Lamb” and “The Anchor Holds.” Since 2008, he’s worked on the project “True,” recounting his struggle to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation. The project produced two songs gaining national attention — “Don’t Tell Me Who To Love” and “Who Would Jesus Love,” named one of the top songs in Billboard Magazine’s international songwriting competition in the Christian/Gospel division. In 2011, Boltz was awarded three OUTmusic awards, including Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year (“True”) and Spiritual Song of the Year (“I Will Choose To Love”).
Charlotte Black Gay Pride 10-year gala
July 11, 8 p.m.
1801 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
Charlotte Black Gay Pride celebrates a “decade of excellence” with a black-tie gala and awards dinner marking its 10th annual event this year. Community members and organizations that have worked with or supported the organization will be recognized. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at eventbrite.com/event/17081082979/. The organization’s main events run July 16-19, featuring Frenchie Davis. Click here for our feature on the event.
“Arms Around Charlotte” Unity Rally
July 12, 3-5 p.m.
Freedom Park Bandstand
1900 East Blvd., Charlotte
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department teams up with the NC Local Barbers Association and other community organizations and leaders to talk about police, race and other minority community relations. The event will feature a variety of speakers from communities in Charlotte. Among those scheduled to speak is LGBT faith leader Bishop Tonyia Rawls of Sacred Souls Community Church.