As it turns out, there are good guys out there after all. I have searched far and wide and I have finally found some good guys in the nightlife scene -- Guys With Ties.
Guys With Ties is like a grown-up fraternity in Charlotte where its main purpose is to party ... with a purpose. They hold four events a year that benefit local charities -- charities that are not otherwise benefited.
They raised $15,000 for Bethlehem Center's after-school program alone, and thousands upon thousands for Room In the Inn benefiting single mothers, and Bruce Lyons, which helps send impoverished children to summer camp. And now they're raising money for my personal favorite local charity -- Classroom Central. Classroom Central is a charity that supplies schools with what the government does not, like supplies and instruments of learning.
During the 2008-09 academic year, Classroom Central distributed more than $4.45 million in free school supplies to 80,000 students in Charlotte. And this fall 68,000 backpacks will be empty. Speaking of which, I think they should considering changing the billboards on I-85 that read: "North Carolina Needs Teachers" to "North Carolina is laying off good teachers, on a hiring freeze and making teachers work furlough" ... Just saying.
Well, on Aug. 1, right before summer is out for school, Guys With Ties is having a Concert for a Cause at Alley Cat featuring the bands PUSHH and Sometimes Favorite out of Charlottesville, Va. And with Classroom Central, every dollar you donate translates into $7. Therefore, the $10 cover for the event actually equates to $70.
Guys With Ties is comprised of guys with hearts ... and a hard-on for helping others. And for those who only have a hard-on and not a heart -- just look at it as a tax write-off. Upcoming events include Monster Mash IV and they're planning a golf tournament for the spring. Guys With Ties is actually recruiting new members ... and let me say, there's just something about a guy with a tie.
And meanwhile, on Brittney After Dark ... Bombay Sapphire and GQ Magazine name Cosmo's bartender one of the best in the country and Kashmir NightClub and Fiji Sushi Bar and Lounge have found a home where HOM use to be. Also, Halo in the N.C. Music Factory had their grand opening a couple weekends ago -- and it's the bomb.com.