Breakfast to address AIDS, healing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Breakfast will be held on March 3, 9:30 a.m., at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave.

Faith and community leaders will deliver “moving and empowering messages about individual strength and the power of compassion and love” during the free, public event. RSVP by Feb. 26 to be included by calling 704-496-9578 or email

Presenters include Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio.

“Supporting our local Faith-Based Organizations in their efforts to educate and mobilize their communities is integral to stopping the spread of HIV,” said Shannon Warren, executive director of Carolinas CARE Partnership. “I’m excited to be supporting their outreach efforts to reach our common goal of achieving an HIV-free future.”

Rev. Clifford Matthews, Jr. of St. Luke’s followed up with, “It is so important for Faith-Based Organizations to create authentic relationships with people in our community. Our hope in bringing this breakfast event is to communicate our love and encouragement for all people, especially those people living with HIV/AIDS and folks in the LGBT community.”

Contributions to Carolinas CARE Partnership (CCP) will be accepted at the event.

Sponsors are CCP, St. Luke’s and The Charlotte Post.


Chamber benefit slated


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “Musically Chic: A Benefit Concert” will be held on March 10, 7 p.m., at the Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave.

Hosted by the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the event’s proceeds will help fund the Barbara Green Entrepreneurial and Small Business Grant. Green was a staunch straight ally of the LGBT business community who passed away unexpectedly last year. “Musically Chic” is named after Green’s interior design company Simply Chic and will feature a pink color scheme in honor of Green’s favorite color. The chamber hopes to make the concert a yearly tradition that will continue Green’s legacy for years to come.

Concert headliner is Minneapolis’ female rock band, Sick of Sarah. The show will also feature Namoli Brennet, local artist Lara Americo and Sotto Voice, and will be hosted by Francene Morris & Joanne Spataro.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds from the concert will help fund the Barbara Green Entrepreneurial and Small Business Grant.


Wedding expo upcoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2nd Annual Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo will be held on March 13, 12:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St.

Produced by Rainbow Wedding Network, the event provides over 30 LGBT-friendly resources to couples for their nuptials planning. Attendees can enjoy music, participation in raffles and more.

Free tickets are available for those who order them online. Simply fill out the form to receive them.


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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,...