Overheard in Orlando: A chance to steal the Fringe Festival spotlight

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Friends come together
When word spread of Christopher Pruitt’s boating accident that severely injured his spine, Orlando’s LGBT community quickly banded together to help him with medical expenses. Pruitt, known for his avid pool playing skills in bars around Orlando, has friends in many areas and LGBT establishments On Sept. 18, Southern Nights kicked off the fundraising endeavors and Savoy and Stonewall Bar will follow suit on Sept. 26 and 27, respectively. The Parliament House is also in the charitable mood and will hold a fundraiser for him on Sept. 29. Last we heard, Pruitt was doing better and had regained movement in his arms. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The center of attention
Speaking of fundraising, The Center is getting a lot of attention by charitable souls these days. On Sept. 22, several local celebrities guest-barte4nded at Savoy to raise cash for the LGBT Center and on Sept. 17, the “gal with the balls,” Addison Taylor, hosted the popular Drag Queen Bingo. She is also set to guest host on Oct. 15. For those wanting to break out the black tie, prepare for The Center’s third annual Black and White Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art. Organizers say there are a number of announcements coming, including the reveal of the Center’s new executive director and other big changes.

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