CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Once again, Womble Carlyle attorneys, staff and clients are showing their support for North Carolina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.

A Womble Carlyle group attended The Happening, the annual fundraiser for the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund.  The Womble Carlyle group consisted of attorneys Alison Bost, Clark Goodman, Debbie Harden, Dirk Lasater, Claire Rauscher and Sid Shenoy, as well as Director of Client Services Stephanie Hinrichs. They were joined by in-house counsel Matt Cherep (Wells Fargo), Jon Hammond (Michelin) and Alden Smith (Premier Inc.). Lasater serves on the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund Board of Advisors.

The Fund was created to positively impact the underfunding of nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area serving LGBTQ citizens. The Fund awards grants to organizations that support the LGBTQ community, as well as bridge building initiatives that seek to cultivate alliances and support with the non-gay community.

In 2015, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund awarded $133,000 to support Charlotte-area organizations serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and its community partners.

More than 700 people attended The Happening 2016, which took place May 11th. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts spoke at this year’s event. This is the seventh year in a row that the firm has participated in The Happening. 

Click here to read more on The Happening in the Charlotte Observer.