On Saturday February 6th, the Frederick Center hosted their 2nd annual Carnival at the Hampton Inn in Frederick, Maryland. The Frederick Center is a non-profit organization that helps the LGBTQ community and offers programs for youth, gender-variant adults, and families.

The Carnival 2016 drew over 100 attendees and had a Brazilian flair. The Hampton Inn in Frederick sponsored the event and and their ballroom was fully decorated for Mardi Gras. DJ Urban Cowboy was on hand to provide dance music, and there was a buffet of Brazilian hor d’oeuvers and an open bar.

Besides the DJ, the Center provided a performance of Brazilian dancers. Later in the evening there was another performance by a group of Hip Hop dancers and the dance floor filled.

Frederick Center CarnivalDuring the evening the Ally of the Year Awards were presented to Bob Rice, Ted Hallock, and Christine Renshaw by the Frederick Center’s Kristopher Fair (outreach coordinator) and Brian Walker (board chair).

The funds raised will help the Frederick Center and its various programs one of which is to provide OraQuick Home HIV test kits. These are distributed to local organizations for those individuals to test in the privacy of their own home.

“We are proud of the incredible growth of Carnival celebrating only its second year. This event has garnered regional attention as a ‘must attend’ event. The Frederick Center and its allies strive to promote an exceptional template for future Carnival events,”  said Fair.

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