31st Annual Good Friends Luncheon

Over 1,760 women spanning eight generations— the largest luncheon attendance in the 31 year history of Good Friends—gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ball Room to offer hope throughout the year to those needing a helping hand. In the process, they raised an astounding $412,482! The luncheon is a tradition that started in a fellowship hall of a church by four women who knew they could raise money for the community, just as the Good Fellows men’s club had done for 70 years. The donations collected in this one hour luncheon sponsor an entire year of giving to the disadvantaged in Mecklenburg County. 100 percent of the funds raised at the luncheon go directly to help our community’s most vulnerable. More than 3000 lives were touched by these gifts in 2017 alone. In another crowning moment, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles took the stage to share a proclamation naming December 14th Good Friends Charlotte Day. 

Taste of the New South: One Charlotte, Many Flavors

Each year, Levine Museum of the New South hosts one of Charlotte’s most anticipated fundraising events: Taste of the New South. During Taste, more than 500 enthusiastic guests enjoy distinctive food and drink, unique entertainment and transformative décor. Taste is a Southern-style, casual event and a welcome departure from formal, black-tiefundraisers. Levine Museum is pleased to present 2018‘s Taste of the New South: One Charlotte, Many Flavors. This year’s event will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Levine Museum. In addition to the inspired menu and creative cocktails Taste is known for, this year will also feature a new Taste After Dark event to appeal to the younger, late-night crowd. The theme will celebrate signature neighborhoods throughout Charlotte, highlighting what makes them unique. Purchase tickets at MuseumOfTheNewSouth.org. 

Exhibition Community Opening at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

On February 3, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will unveil their new exhibitions, free and open to all ages. Plan to spend the day at the Center as they debut to the public two new private collections and two renowned artists in the series Memories. Moments. Masterpieces. Bring the family and kick off Black History Month while enjoying gallery talks, docent-led tours, art-making workshops, scavenger hunts and other activities as they celebrate the launch of By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, A Creative Journey: The Collection of Patrick and Judy Diamond, Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life, and Frankhavemercy: Frequency. Join the Center as they celebrate collectors and artists who are preserving African-American art for future generations.