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Posted on 17 Feb 2006 at 12:07pm
By Staff Reports

GLBT Chamber holding luncheon meeting; mayor cancels as speaker

The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce holds its February luncheon Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Catalina Restaurant, 4218 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas Mayor Laura Miller had been scheduled to speak at the luncheon. The mayor had to cancel, however, and no speaker had been confirmed by press deadline.

Cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. For information call 214-540-4488.

King to conclude UNT diversity conference with speech, book-signing

Yolanda King, actress and civil rights advocate, will conclude the University of North Texas’ ninth annual Equity and Diversity conference with a presentation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, in the Lyceum of the University Union.

King is the eldest child of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her presentation is titled “Open My Eyes, Open My Soul; Discovering the Power of Diversity,” and is based on her 2003 book of the same name. It focuses on the importance of embracing diversity and our common humanity.
A reception and book signing will follow at the Diamond Eagle Suite of the University Union. She will also sign books in the Lyceum lobby after her talk for everyone purchasing books from the University Bookstore, which will sell books at that location.

Tickets are $5 non-UNT students with an ID, and $10 for the general public, and are on sale at the UNT University Union Ticket Office or by calling (940) 565-3805.

Tickets for the private reception and book signing are $50.
King’s visit is sponsored by the UNT Division of Equity and Diversity. The UNT President’s Office and American Airlines/American Eagle are partners in presenting this event. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Emenheiser, 940-565-2456 or by e-mail at emenheiser@unt.edu.

Toast to Life Gala at Neiman’s Downtown to benefit Resource Center

The eighth annual Toast to Life Gala, a fundraising event for the Resource Center of Dallas, will be held Feb. 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Neiman Marcus Downtown, 1618 Main St. in Dallas.

Advance tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple and $150 for VIP tickets. Tickets at the door are $125 per person. Couples tickets and VIP tickets will not be sold at the door.

The VIP Pre-Party will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fuse, 1512 Commerce St., across the street from Neiman Marcus. The After-Party will also be held at Fuse, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Dress for the event is “festive semi-formal.” For more information, e-mail toast@rcdallas.org or call 214-540-4450.

Chamber plans Mardi Gras party to benefit Katrina victims

The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, along with Caven Enterprises and Ben E. Keith Company present “Mardi Gras Madness 2006 Fat Tuesday” on Feb. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m., in the Rose Room at Station 4. The event is a fundraiser to aid victims of Katrina through the chamber’s Our Community Cares fund.

The evening will include live jazz, Creole-Cajun cuisine by Greg Draxler, chef and owner of Gregorios, King’s Cake by Mildred’s Gourmet and an auction of Mardi Gras items.

Suggested donation is $50. Costumes and masks are encouraged. The event is open to those age 21 and up.

For more information contact thetxjudge
@aol.com or NorthTexasGLBTChamber.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 17, 2006.

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