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April 29, 2011

Lots to do this weekend in Orlando
Orlando, Sanford, Thornton Park, What's Going On Tonight — posted by Kelly Fitzpatrick on April, 29 2011 3:04 PM

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Register Magazine will have its “Cover Model Search Announcement Party” at Ember in downtown Orlando on Saturday. The event will feature the top 12 finalists in their model competition, live performances by Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC and Khamelien and a special appearance by Drew Gooden of the Milwaukee Bucks. Attendees can vote for their favorite model during the festivities. Party starts at 9:30 p.m. and it’s free for ladies, $5 for guys.

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| Robin | 9:53pm |
April 15, 2011

Added a crap ton of pictures. You know all those times we complained no one ever took pics of Chris? Garret Lauer and his peeps just made up for that. I added 126 in the MS Black & White Gala folder and 82 in the MS Walk folder.

Thanks to Claire for helping me save some of the files and stillnsync.com for the heads up about them.

| Robin | 7:08pm |
April 10, 2011

Added 6 pics of Chris at the 2nd Annual Black & White Gala here.

| Robin | 1:20am |
April 9, 2011

Thanks to Claire for the link.

One-on-one with Chris Kirkpatrick
By ERIN McCRACKEN
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 04/08/2011 09:35:37 PM EDT


Former 'NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick gives an interview at Marriott by Courtyard Friday, April 8, 2011. Kirkpatrick is in town to host a Black and White Gala benefit Saturday and to participate in the York MS Walk on Sunday. A videographer was recording the events of the weekend to promote future events. (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN)
York, PA - Chris Kirkpatrick joked that he met Garret Lauer on eHarmony.

The truth is that they met at a party Kirkpatrick hosted. Lauer helped to the former 'NSYNC heartthrob clean up afterwards.

Fast forward a few years to Friday. The two pals hung out in the lobby of the new Courtyard by Marriott in Springettsbury Township.

Lauer, who grew up in York County, relocated to Florida, where he produces corporate, celebrity and charity events. Since his mother helps care for those with multiple sclerosis, he decided to come home to raise money and awareness for the York MS Walk.

He hosted an impromptu party Thursday night at Granfalloons in York, which netted about $320 for the walk. Today, Lauer and Kirkpatrick will host a benefit gala, complete with a red carpet area, DJs and a silent auction.

During a break from set-up Friday afternoon, Kirkpatrick walked to the window to assess the rainy day.

The Penn State sweatshirt he wore paid homage to family members who attended the university. Colorful tattoos peaked out from underneath the sleeves.

Kirkpatrick, who has roots in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, joked that Orlando's warm weather spoiled him.

It was also where he joined a chorus at community college, which helped him find the voice -- a tenor -- that landed him in the boy band 'NSYNC. The group's album "No Strings Attached" was the most popular album of 2000 and sold more than 10 million copies.

Since the members of 'NSYNC parted ways more than five years ago, Kirkpatrick has kept producing music with his act Nigels 11.

But Kirkpatrick's life wasn't always so sunny. He and his four sisters grew up in poverty. Their mom didn't have a car. That ate things like creamed corn for Christmas dinner, since that was what people donated in bulk.

Despite the fame, Kirkpatrick never forgot the hard times. He started The Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation to help underprivileged children.

"We understand what's going though kids' minds," Kirkpatrick said. He brought his sister Molly Ford, who helps run the foundation, with him to York.

The siblings -- who are both avid fans of Pittsburgh sports teams -- were happy to see Steelers gear at local stores. But they said they will be happier to see the walkers -- and hopefully the sun -- Sunday.

Lauer said their walk team, which is sponsored by his father's company Maintenance Management Inc., has 117 members and has raised more than $10,000.

The Black & White Gala and York MS Walk

Chris Kirkpatrick of 'NSYNC and York County native Garret Lauer, of Garret Lauer Events, will host a Black & White Gala from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2799 Concord Road, Springettsbury Township. Admission is a $10 donation to the 2011 York MS Walk. All walkers who collect at least $25 for Maintenance Management Inc. get in for free.

The gala will include, food, drinks, raffles, a silent auctions and meet-and-greet with Kirkpatrick.

Visitors can sign up to participate in The MS Walk at the event or they can sign up to participate at the walk, which is Sunday at John C. Rudy Park in East Manchester Township.

Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m.

Kirkpatrick and Lauer will join the walk. There will be stilt walkers, face painting and music to keep the crowd energized along the 4-mile course. For more details, contact event coordinator Natasha Booton at 652-2108 or Natasha.Booton@nmss.org.

Proceeds go to the National MS Society, which helps fund research and advocacy for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

For details, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

Online

Nigels 11: www.nigels11.com

The Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation: www.chriskirkpatrickfoundation.com

emccracken@ydr.com; 771-2051

| Robin | 1:15am |
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