Foxy Ladies and Ferrets at the Charlotte Geek Gala

Saturday evening was a whirlwind of nerditude for a great cause, at the Geek Gala in Charlotte sponsored by the Charlotte Geeks and Spandex City. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

Carnival-style games included a nerf shooting gallery with Edward Cullen as the target, bowling for Jar Jar, Ewok toss, Daleks vs. Zombies, Hulk toss (basically a bean bag throw, but you had to wear big green hands), Tron identity disc toss, and one whose name escapes me but involved hitting a zombie version of Sarah Palin in the head. I totally pwned the IRL Angry Birds, bringing down the entire structure with one bird, and I got a bullseye at the Hunger Games archery shoot. Like a boss.

Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Geeks

While waiting in line for a tarot reading, I complimented this beautiful woman on her awesome costume. We discussed Pam Grier for awhile, and then I had my reading. I ran into her again when she sat down beside me to judge the Geeks Got Talent competition and I learned that she was media queen and CBS Charlotte personality Francene Marie!

Also judging with us was writer/producer Stan Peal. Both Stan and Francene were so nice and so much fun. And we really enjoyed the talent acts, which included comedy, poetry, a sign language interpretation of the Ultimate Showdown, burlesque, and some very unusual music with ferrets and ocarinas.

And if that wasn’t enough, they had a trivia quiz, buffet, zombie face painting, zombified portraits by Eric Melton, and a raffle for some Big Damn prize baskets. The next morning, some of us met for breakfast in the hotel restaurant, and the fun continued with conversations about Tim Burton’s possible shark jumping, the periodic table and Firefly. I scored a vintage LOTR poster in the post-party auction/yard sale of leftover items.

Kudos to Joey Paquette and the Charlotte Geeks for putting on such a great event. I can’t wait until 2013, when the theme will be space aliens! I wonder if I can sponsor a Stellarnet Series themed game next year?

Check out all of the costumes here.

– J.L. Hilton

My friend Jill playing the Angry Birds IRL game at the Geek Gala

This costume cracked me up. Hello, children!

Daleks vs Zombies game at the Geek Gala

More of my favorite costumes from the Geek Gala 2012. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Geeks.

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3 Responses to Foxy Ladies and Ferrets at the Charlotte Geek Gala

  1. The Geek Gala was an awesome time. Whoever said Geeks don’t have extreme fun evidently don’t have a sense of humor. It was a blast and the gift baskets were so well put-together. The talent show was a HOOT. Joey you did your thing once again and your team was full of good spirit, talent and absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kudos to Joey and ALL the Charlotte Geeks Super Hero’s for being champions to children in foster-care and waiting to find their Forever Families through the Children’s Home Society of NC. November is National Adoption Month and this fun-event was a great launch for raising community awareness for more than 1,200 children, right here in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region…Because of this event, we may even have some new “Adoptive” Geek parents…and we’d love to follow up next year with family photos. Thank you Charlotte Geeks for being Super Hero’s to Children’s Home Society of NC and helping to “Save the World…one child at a time!” CHS-Super Hero Lady, Mer

  3. J.L. Hilton says:

    I felt like Jar Jar, I was so “bowled” over by this event! LOL

    Joey and the Geeks (should be a band name!) did an awesome thing and I can’t wait for next year!