On August 6, our now-annual movie night fundraiser at The Lucas Theatre, which also functioned as our First Saturday Social, brought us together in a fantastic space to celebrate our community. Proceeds from the night will go to the LGBT Community Center Fund. Attendees with tickets in hand netted approximately $1,000 for the fund, in addition to another $1,000 raised through raffling and auctioning of prizes during the event.  This, coupled with a huge free advertising promotion through Valpak, made “Hairspray” a bouffant of success!

The upstairs mezzanine was the setting for the Social, perfect for the enjoyment of friends, food and drink amid the dazzling, elegant surroundings of the 95-year-old theatre. The superb spread of delicious fare was generously provided by Six Pence Pub, Roly Poly, The Crab Shack, and Joe’s Homemade.  A huge THANK YOU goes out to these restaurants for donating toward our cause. (Don’t forget to show your appreciation by dropping by and supporting those who support our community.)

Downstairs in the lobby, exciting prizes were on display and waiting to be won by those whose lucky day had arrived.  An outstanding two-night stay was donated by The President’s Quarters Inn, and auctioned off, and raffle prizes were donated by Chocolat by Adam Turoni, TailsSpin, Live Oak Restaurant Group, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crystal Beer Parlor, AMF Lanes, and Tanger Outlet. It cannot be understated how important gift-in-kind donations from our local businesses like these are toward raising funds to realize our goal for a Center. Please don’t hesitate to let these business partners know what their help means to us all.

Instead of tiresome movie trailers before the film, our evening had LIVE talent!  Our hostess Tricksie Turner reigned supreme over the mic, and excitedly announced her new LGBT scholarship fund now established (more information coming soon).  Taking the stage was the always-electric Motion, Charleston favorite Jenna von Scrum, and from The House of Gunt, Influenza Mueller. The tips for these performers were so generously donated to the Center Fund—a wonderful gesture of support from our hard-working, ultra-creative drag community.  Thanks, girls, for taking the great time, effort, and expense to add so much glam and fun to our special evening.

FCN would like to give a big shout-out to our dapper event volunteers Mark Cooper, Tony Hensley, Paul Higgins, John Kesler, Jay Ulrich, and Tom Wells for selling raffle tickets and assisting at the front door.  Your smiling faces and bowties helped so to charm and encourage folks to take a chance at prize-winnings—so that success is due to your efforts! And of course, a tremendous “thank you!” to the event committee of Randy Young, Michael Ploski, and Billy Wooten.  These Board members worked their tails off to plan, coordinate, set-up, promote, and staff the evening, thereby creating a smashing success–kudos!