Friday, May 5, 1,500 attendees packed Charlotte’s Grady Cole Center
for the final evening of the hugely successful fundraiser for Regional
AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN).
That attendance figure set a national record for similar events across
the country, according to Rodney Tucker, a former staffer at RAIN and continuing
volunteer. Although exact figures for how much was raised weren’t
available at press time, to date the games have raised over $600,000 for
On Saturday, May 6, in the N.C. state capital of Raleigh, thousands gathered
for the Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina AIDS Walk and Ride. Their efforts
raised the organization more than $100,000.
Back in Charlotte that same morning — many in the LGBT community
kicked off their day by attending the annual RAIN AIDSWalk. Their efforts
reportedly raised as much as $177,000.
As the afternoon progressed, gay rugby fans and players for teams in Atlanta
and Charlotte gathered at 1 p.m. at Nevins Park for a face-off between
the Charlotte Royals and the Atlanta Bucks.
Counting rugby players and attendees, the crowd numbered around 150 or
Meanwhile, back at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Charlotte, volunteers
had been hard at work since 8 a.m. with a massive yard sale designed to
raise funds for the Center and for their newly initiated PRIDECharlotte
Festival slated for Aug. 26 at Gateway Village.
The yard sale continued throughout the day as shoppers — both gay
and straight — continued to peruse the eclectic collection of knick
knacks and gently used household items and furniture. Around 1 p.m. the
festivities kicked in at the Center as organizers held a mini block party
that included musical performers, food and drink and a handful of vendors
According to Linda Davis, the Center’s administrative manager over
a thousand dollars was raised and throughout the day on Saturday approximately
500 people showed up for the event.
That night, another celebration was in progress at the Charlotte Eagle.
The Tradesman Levi/Leather Club hosted a huge party at the club for their
20th anniversary. Dance music diva Anaya Day was on hand while hundreds
packed the club inside and out.
But the fun wasn’t over yet — despite the grey clouds and moderate
rain that dampened most of the Queen City on Sunday, May 7, pet owners
and volunteers still showed up at the You Dirty Dog salon to raise even
more funds for PRIDECharlotte and the Center.