Bank changes gift program

CHARLOTTE — Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, will change their employee matching gift program effective January 1.

Any donations $25 or more to The Lesbian & Gay Community Center can be matched if made on or before December 31 and submitted through the Wachovia Matching Gift system.

Help the Center and make a year-end donation before beginning New Year’s Eve celebrating!

Additionally, there is still time for one to make a donation directly to the Center. Help sustain The Center just as 200 plus people have done so far in 2009.

To become a Sustainer, visit gaycharlotte.com to make a one time or recurring gift. Alternatively, send contributions to P.O. Box 33535, Charlotte, NC 28233.

In other Center news, the Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium (RHAC) has now joined The Center and the Mecklenburg County Health Department to provide free, confidential HIV/syphilis testing at The Center every Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. at 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11.

Lez bash slated

CHARLOTTE — The For Lesbians Only (little black nothing) New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Wadsworth Estate House, 400 S. Summit Ave.

This event is for those 21 and up. Tickets are $15. Dress in “sexy black” (encouraged, but not a must to enter).

Enjoy free food buffet (while it lasts) and a free champagne toast at midnight. Live performance will be provided by Neosoul Artist Token. After midnight, DJ L Boogie will spin R/B, Neosoul, Reggae and Salsa.

A Sexxiest Lady in Black Contest all this and more will complete the evening.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call Holly J at 704-831-0044 or email hollyjevents@gmail.com.

Grants announced

CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation, which provides funding for projects that foster the inclusion of LGBT individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community and/or that work to seek to eliminate censorship and work to promote and support freedom of expression, has announced the following grants for 2009: $4,300 for Time Out Youth for the Time Out Youth School Outreach Initiative; $2,500 for Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice for the Bully Free Charlotte website; $2,000 for the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Charlotte for the Gay Charlotte Film Festival; and $1,500 for Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for the OUTspoken event 2010 with former NFL player Esera Tuaolo.

The Wesley Mancini Foundation is one of a few United States foundations dedicated solely to supporting the LGBT community. The founder and president, Wesley Mancini, has been a long-time donor to both the Charlotte arts community and to local, state and national LGBT causes. Mancini established the foundation in 2000 in response to heavy censorship in Charlotte by funding resources, as well as the pervasive attitude among major Charlotte benefactors that gay and lesbian programs were too risky to undertake or underwrite.

Since its inception in 2000, the Wesley Mancini Foundation has awarded grants to 19 organizations. Projects must benefit residents of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, and are project specific.

Wesley Mancini Foundation board members include Ben Collins, Jonathan Murray, Rev. Tonyia Rawls, Nancy Ring, Ward Simmons, Connie Vetter, Tom Warshauer and Bert Woodard.

For more information, 704-375-4275, ext. 11.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.