Hey Geeks!  The following news release is being announced to the public:

CHARLOTTE, NC  – October 11, 2010 – The Charlotte Geeks officially announced today that NY Times best-selling author Carrie Ryan, Creative Loafing’s Editor-in-Chief Carlton Hargro, and “Charlotte’s Best Party DJ” DJ Spider will be the guest judges at the upcoming Geeks Got Talent! Contest.

This year’s Geeks Got Talent! Contest is the main event at the 2010 Geek Gala sponsored by Spandex City. Participants compete for a $100 cash first prize and other winnings by performing a 3-5 minute routine onstage.  Points are awarded by the judges based on originality, dress/costume/character, sound/rhythm, audience interaction/participation and overall geek appeal.  This year’s acts include singers, musicians, comedians, dancers and other performers.

Other events scheduled for the 2010 Geek Gala include Klingon Karaoke, Geek Trivia, bellydancing, geek-inspired carnival games, video streaming and the Geeky Goody Basket raffle.  The 2010 Geek Gala is a charitable event, with all proceeds benefitting Youth Homes, a local nonprofit that helps troubled youth and their families.

This is not the only charitable effort The Charlotte Geeks have made.  This summer they launched www.zombiesforlibraries.com, a viral video site hosting locally-made PSAs to support the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library system.

“It’s really important to us that we help out in the community,” explains Charlotte Geeks’ founder, Joey Paquette.  “In this economy, we can often be tempted to cut back on our giving because our own pockets are a little lighter.  We just can’t do that – this is when people need help the most.”

The Geeks Got Talent! Contest and the 2010 Geek Gala sponsored by Spandex City are on Saturday, October 30th at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Event Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.  For more information, please visit www.charlottegeeks.com or email gala@charlottegeeks.com

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About The 2010 Geek Gala sponsored by Spandex City

The 2010 Geek Gala is an annual charitable event hosted by The Charlotte Geeks.  All net proceeds from the event benefit Youth Homes, a local nonprofit that helps troubled kids and their families.  The event is in memory of Christina Paquette Walsh, the little sister of Charlotte Geeks founder Joey Paquette.  Christina was a former foster child before she joined the Paquette family.  She passed away in April, 2005.  For more information, email gala@charlottegeeks.com

About The Charlotte Geeks

The Charlotte Geeks (www.charlottegeeks.com) is a local social organization that embraces a multitude of fandoms in the sci fi, fantasy, anime, online, and gaming realms.  Founded in September 2008, they host Geek Meets several times a month and have over 375 current members.  For more information, visit www.charlottegeeks.com

About Joey 108 Articles
Joey moved to Charlotte in 2008 and loves it here! She started the Charlotte Geeks after returning from Dragon*Con and whining "But I don't want to wait 360 days to hang out with my people again!!" Self-dubbed the GiddyGeeker, her geekdoms are Doctor Who, Marvel, Boardgaming, British TV (MisFits, Orphan Black, Sherlock, The IT Crowd, etc) and she is slightly addicted to FUNKO pops. Check here out here or listen to her on the Guardians of the Geekery podcast.

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