Dining at the Mansions is April 8 throughout Old Louisville. The 6th annual event supports UofL's LGBT Center.
Dining at the Mansions is April 8 throughout Old Louisville. The 6th annual event supports UofL's LGBT Center.

Have you ever driven through Old Louisville and wondered what it would be like to enjoy an elegant dinner in one of the city’s premier Victorian mansions? Admirers of the historic neighborhood can do just that and support the University of Louisville’s LGBT Center April 8 during the 6th annual Dining at the Mansions.

The event is an Old Louisville tradition: Guests register for the mansion and menu of their choice and spend the evening enjoying an elegant meal, engaging dinner companions, and hosts who are passionate for the history and grandeur of their Victorian home. What separates this year’s event from the past is that there is no cost for admission and guests will be invited to join their host in a challenge to raise funds for the LGBT Center.  A minimum $100 from each guest is encouraged to support the evening’s cause.

“It’s a friendly competition to see which home can raise the most money. Together we will make a real difference in the lives of LGBT students,” said organizer Karan Chavis.  “So the evening is free to attend and we hope it inspires our guests to be even more generous in supporting this important cause.”

The evening begins with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception where all guests will hear about the work of the LGBT Center before taking a stroll to their host homes. Hosts are Craig Blakely and Karan Chavis; Cindee and Mitch Rapp; Bob Goldstein and Rich May; Shiao and John Woo; Ricardo Bermudez, David Domine, and Maria Eckerle; and Gayle and Herb Warren.

“We are so honored to collaborate with the amazing hosts who have created this event, and are certain Old Louisville’s tradition of inclusion and diversity will make this a great partnership,” said LGBT Center Executive Director Brian Buford. “It’s incredible to see how the community cares for our students.”

The University of Louisville has been named one of the most LGBT-welcoming campuses in the country two years in a row, and the highest ranked public institution in the South. The LGBT Center was the first of its kind in Kentucky and offers an array of programs and services, including support for students who are coming out, a themed housing community, LGBT-themed study abroad courses, leadership development opportunities, and a nationally-recognized training model for healthcare providers.

Reservations for the event can be made online