LGBT Center of Raleigh

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2018 LGBT Center of Raleigh Awards Gala

2018 Awards Gala

LGBT Center of Raleigh Annual Awards Gala

Friday, October 5, 2018
7pm – 10pm
The Sheraton Hotel Downtown Raleigh

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Please join us as we celebrate the LGBT Center of Raleigh's 10-year anniversary at our Annual Awards Dinner and Gala. We will have a seated dinner, great entertainment, and perhaps a few surprises. We will honor our past and look forward to our future.

Early Bird Special before September 15th:

After September 15th:

Best Value:
Table of 10 $1,000
For tables of 10, please tell us the names of those at your table, their dinner choices, and pronouns.

Dinner choices:
Chicken / Salmon Duet Plate
Vegan Plate
Vegan Plate with vegan dessert


Online Gala Tickets

Wine Pull FUNdraising Event at the Gala

Wine Pull 2018

This year, we are excited to add a Wine Pull at our 2018 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala.

Here is how it works:

We have an assortment of wines ranging from $15 - $175 in value. Buy a numbered wine cork for $20 at the Gala. At the end of the evening, turn in your cork and get the bottle of wine that corresponds with your cork number. You don’t know what bottle you get ‘til you get it!

As an added bonus for some lucky corks, there are tickets and gift cards such as Rocky Horror Show with Theatre Raleigh, and Rock of Ages with premium parking at DPAC.

Awards Gala Master of Ceremonies

Lydia Kinton
Lydia Kinton
Master of Ceremonies

photo credit Areon Mobasher

Lydia is a native of Wake County and current resident of Durham. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has worked in hospice care, behavioral health services and case management. She currently works as a Healthcare Compliance Investigator with Public Consulting Group in Raleigh, NC.

A founding team member of The Vote Against Project in 2011, Lydia worked as the project’s Recruitment Coordinator/Tour Manager in an effort to educate our state regarding NC’s harmful Amendment One. A volunteer with the LGBTQ Center of Durham, Lydia has also assisted with QORDS Camp, professionally volunteering her time as a crisis counselor for youth campers who identify as queer, trans* and/or gender non-conforming.

In 2016, Lydia was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Yitzhak in Raleigh Little Theatre’s (RLT) ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ by Triangle Independent & Community Theatre Awards and has received two RLT Cantey Awards for Best Cameo in ’Hairspray’ (Female Authority Figure) and ’Avenue Q’ (Lucy T. Slut). Other credits include Theatre in the Park’s ‘Hair’ (Sheila), NRACT’s ’The Wedding Singer’ (Grandma Rosie) and ‘Eddie/Dr. Scott’ in Theatre Raleigh’s upcoming production of ’The Rocky Horror Show’ at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater (October 26-27).

Spectrum Vocals

Spectrum Vocals

Spectrum Vocals was formed in the summer of 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently we have 10 members joined together by a love of music! In our day jobs, we range from students, to teachers, to biopharmaceuticals. We preform contemporary music in an a cappella only setting.

Meet us, read our tag lines, and listen to us sing!

  • Alex Alberti – “I have a five-note minimum in my contract!”
  • Freddy Perkins - “Oh, say can you see-see-see-see-see?”
  • Lauren Thompson – “Gimme a hug”
  • Alex Delany – “I can’t make it. I’m going to be pregnant that day.”
  • Joe Kirlauski - “I want you guys to sing that song at my funeral.”
  • Abby Foster – “We had a plan. You’re on the board.”
  • Brooks Jordan - “Go back to gum drop forest, you shady little elf!”
  • Rebecca Swofford – Loves working with power tools!
  • Nigel Carlton – Enjoys acting like he knows what is going on!
  • Kaytelyn Story – Gets a kick out of misunderstanding simple phrases.

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