CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 13, 2017 – The 11th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala brought more than the golden tradition of New Orleans to Charlotte. The event raised more than $78,000 for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC). To date, more than $671,000 has been raised from the gala.
Approximately 250 people donned Mardi Gras masks and evening wear at the March 4 event at Founders Hall, Bank of America Corporate Center to "help unmask lupus" and benefit LFANC. Presented by Bottle Cap Group, the event featured entertainment by Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a silent auction, photo booth, fortune teller, Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest, casino, luxury raffle and more. Nathan Richie, from The Lake 102.9, served as Master of Ceremonies.
A highlight of the evening was the crowning of the Gala King & Queen – Bryan Lantrip and Dr. Barbara Meyer. Previous Gala Kings & Queens include: Mike Smiley and Amy Dickerson Taylor (2016); The Ward Family of Rocky Mount, N.C. (2015); Travis Manchester and Patty Dunn (2014); John Hairr and Susan Rowe (2013); Drs. John and Amanda Grimes (2012); Dr. Peter Capizzi and Brenda Stubbs (2011); and Tony Kouskolekas and Maria Dunn (2010); Richard Sharpe and Zaira Hidalgo (2009).
"We are incredibly grateful to the generosity of our attendees, sponsors, donors, volunteers and other supporters in making this event a success and making a difference in the lives of the 45,000 North Carolinians living with lupus," said Christine John-Fuller, President & CEO of the LFANC.
This annual event was founded in 2007 by Dr. Ginger Dickerson, a physician with Eastover University OBGYN. Dr. Dickerson, along with her brother Todd and father Don, created the Dickerson Family Trust to support of the Lupus Foundation of America and to honor their sister, Amy Taylor, who was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 20.