About Us

About Us

Making a difference, one dance step at a time!

Making a difference, one dance step at a time!

Helping people in crisis is challenging when the LGBTQ+ community’s needs are greater than the available resources. Twirl to the World is committed to filling the gaps through our direct-to-client Twirl Assistance Program (TAP) and charitable giving to our partner agencies.

Making an Impact in the Charlotte LGBTQ Community

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Agencies Served
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Hours of Paid Mental Healthcare
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Stuffed Animals & Toys Donated
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In Food Assistance
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Raised for TAP & Local Charities

Board members

Zuni Johnson
Zuni Johnson
Co-Executive Director
Jason McCraw
Jason McCraw
Co-Executive Director
Lucky Anneheim
Lucky Anneheim
Chair, TAP Committee
Blake Bommelje
Blake Bommelje
Chair, Production & Events Committee
Johnny Fletcher
Johnny Fletcher
Host
Jake Flowers
Jake Flowers
Host
Danny McKinney
Danny McKinney
Host
J.C. Neilson
J.C. Neilson
Chair, Sponsorship & Donors Committee
David Stout
David Stout
Chair, Marketing & Communication Committee
Clyde Owens
Clyde Owens
Host
Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams
Host

Our History

From our humble beginnings in 2009 when the price of admission for our inaugural event was a teddy bear for children with HIV/AIDS, to now – in our 14 years of events we have collected over 5,400 stuffed animals & toys for area children in need and donated over $350,000 to local LGBTQ+/Ally charities and programming, including our very own Twirl Assistance Program (TAP)!

We are an all-volunteer organization and 100% of monies raised go back into the community.

Even as we evolve and grow, we remain focused on “making a difference, one step at a time.”

Awards &
Acknowledgements

Awards &
Acknowledgements

2022

Special Recognition for Service Beyond the Call of Duty

The Freedom Center for Social Justice

2021

Debbie Warren Community Leadership Award

RAIN

2020

Best Gay Dance Party

Charlotte magazine

2020

Women for Animal Welfare Award

Humane Society

2019

Organization of the Year

Human Rights Campaign

2018

Best Float Design

Charlotte Pride

Awards &
Acknowledgements

Awards &
Acknowledgements

2020 Play Gay Dance Party

Charlotte BOB:

2020 Women for Animal Welfare Award

(Humane Society)

2019 Organization of the Year

Human Rights Campaign

2018 Best Float Design

Charlotte Pride Parade: