Official Pre-Party & Afterparty

Join us for the Official Pre-party and Afterparty of the Champions Gala!

Pre-Party – Friday, Oct 27th 6:30pm – Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Afterparty – Saturday, Oct 28th 11pm – Carolina Ale House

Tickets are $35*, include both parties and will be available soon. More information below…

(*Platinum guests do not need to purchase party tickets – they are included in your platinum gala registration.)


Official Pre-Party – Friday, Oct 27th 6:30pm

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub
201 E. 5th Street – Charlotte, NC 
(1 block from the Omni)

Looking for a GREAT way to start off the NIP’s Champions Gala weekend? Hoping for a fun and convenient way to meet up with your fellow supporters from across the country? We’ve Got You Covered! 

Based on overwhelming support of last year’s Pre-Party, we have once again rented out Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub on Friday night, October 27th, a block from the Omni, so you can meet friends old and new, unwind from your travels, sample an authentic North Carolina BBQ buffet, and enjoy a cocktail or two. Plus, NIP co-founders Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel will stop and welcome everyone!

The party starts at 6:30 PM, and the buffet will be available until 9:30 PM. All attendees are welcome to stay as long as they wish to enjoy the great ambiance and companionship. Fitzgerald’s is a short walk from the Omni hotel, and offers a cozy pub feel, as well as an inviting outdoor patio for all to enjoy.

The menu includes: pulled pork, BBQ chicken, beef patties, mac & cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, slider rolls, dessert, coffee, tea, soft drinks, PLUS one free bar beverage.

There’s no better way to kick off the weekend than to celebrate with each other! Come join us and Let’s ALL Play!

*Based on your feedback, Fitzgerald’s has promised to provide us with more tables and chairs.


Official Afterparty – Saturday, Oct 28th 11pm

Carolina Ale House
201 S. College Street #100 – Charlotte, NC 
(1/2 block from the Omni)

(appetizers included)

Let the party continue after the gala on Saturday night!

All attendees are welcomed to join us after the Champions Gala on Saturday, Oct 28th for an afterparty at the Carolina Ale House. Conveniently located across from the Omni Charlotte Hotel, it will include various appetizers. We’ve rented out the upstairs of the restaurant so that we can all have an opportunity to mingle with each other, as well as with Gala honorees, special guests and members of the board and staff before heading back to our rooms for the night.

The party is from 11pm to 1am and if we overflow the upstairs room, we can always mingle with the public downstairs.