Fundraiser slated

RALEIGH — Ready to party for a good cause? Then sashay on down to Tantra Nightclub, 310 S. West St., on Dec. 11 for happy-hour fundraiser to benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh from 5-9 p.m.

Be part of history. Become a founder. The first 1,000 friends to donate $100 or more will be recognized as members of the Founders Triangle and will receive a permanent place of honor in the new center. Donation tiers are: $5,000, Philanthropist Founder; $2,500, Benefactor Founder; $1,000, Patron Founder; $500, Pioneer Founder; $250, Activist Founder; $100, Organizer Founder; and $10-$75, Supporter.

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Spaulding makes Out 100

DURHAM — Pam Spaulding has been blogging her way to political and social stardom since she began publishing tidbits of her life, thoughts and insight at Pam’s House Blend just five years ago.

Since then, her blog has grown into one of the most heavily trafficked gay blogs in the nation. With her team of citizen journalists, Spaulding documents LGBT politics, progressive news and local and state issues other national news outlets sometimes miss.

She’s honored in this year’s Out 100, a list of some of the nation’s most influential culture and society movers and shakers.

“I love reader feedback, including the batshit crazy right,” Spaulding told the national magazine. “The best way to blunt the hate is to embrace its lunacy, so I display the quotes as badges of honor.”

Another North Carolina native, Chris Hughes, is also featured. From Hickory, Hughes went on to co-found Facebook and work as Barack Obama’s social networking guru during his campaign for the White House.

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Party for the kids

DURHAM — Catherine and Kathy’s 20th Anniversary Toys for Tots Party will be held on Dec. 4 at Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd. Doors open at 8 p.m.

DJ Maydnew will spin from 9 p.m. on.

Admission is free with an unwrapped toy ($10 value or greater) or $15 cover without. All toys will be donated to local charities.

This is a non-smoking event.

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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,...