Giving back
Saturday, Feb. 08, 2014

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey


Shortage Alert: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is experiencing a blood shortage. If you are well and healthy, please donate at a center or mobile drive as soon as possible. Visit to find a drive near you.

Pints for Pounds: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, the nonprofit primary blood supplier for the area’s hospitals, is holding their annual Pints for Pounds campaign through February. For every pint of blood donated during these months, CBCC will donate seven pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank, enabling donors to save lives and fill stomachs. Schedule your appointment at 704-972-4700 or If you would like to host a blood drive through your company, group or organization, email Kim Jones at or call 704-972-4727.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Spreadsheets and More: There will be a Spreadsheets and More class 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 10, 12 and 14 at Southminster Retirement Community, 8919 Park Road. Cost is $30 for booster members and $40 for others. There will also be a one-day Cloud class to teach seniors how to back-up their files on the virtual cloud 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 11. To register call 704-365-1995 or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Bowl for Kids: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte will hold their Bowl for Kids Sake event 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at 10 Park Lanes on Montford Drive. Last year’s event raised $120,000. Interested bowlers need to find a team of four to six bowlers and raise at least $625. The funds will help support the mentor relationships formed through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. To participate visit

Matthews Free Medical Clinic

Art & Amore: The nonprofit Matthews Medical Clinic is partnering with The Tipsy Paintbrush, an art studio in downtown Matthews, to offer the “Art & Amore” fundraising event for the clinic. The fundraiser is 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Tipsy Paintbrush, 116B W. John St., Matthews. An instructor will give step-by-step instructions on how to paint a pre-selected painting that participants can take home. The event is $50 per person. Reservations are required. Call Kara Lopp at 704-412-2398 or email To learn more about the clinic, visit

Shepherd’s Center SouthEast

Valentine Tea: Shepherd’s Center SouthEast is hosting an authentic English Tea 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Stephen UMC, 6800 Sardis Road. There will be fine china, English fare, music and door prizes. Cost is $25 and tables of six may be reserved. Reservations are required. Call 704-321-0325. Proceeds will benefit the medical transportation program and the many services provided by SCSE to seniors in Charlotte.

Meck Medical Alliance

Health Luncheon: The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE) will hold the 2014 Community Health Luncheon, Finding Your Way through a Safe Healthcare Journey, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. Tickets may be purchased at for $30 per person. Speaker Patty Skolnik will speak as an advocate for patients and families in healthcare. To learn more, visit the website or call 303-552-4677.

Arc of Mecklenburg

Green Run: The Arc of Mecklenburg County in partnership with Capabilities Fitness is holding its first Green Run 5k to raise money for the Arc of Mecklenburg County to start a fitness program for citizens with disabilities. The run will be held 4 p.m. March 1 at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road. Cost is $25 before Feb. 15 and $35 after. The fun run is $10 or $20 after Feb. 15. Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are $5. Register at

To volunteer, contact Steve or Lauren at 704-332-4535.

Lupus Foundation of N.C.

Kickoff Party: The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter, will be hosting its 13th annual “Walk to end Lupus now” at 3 p.m. May 4. The kickoff party and team captain’s rally will be held 1-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St. The free event is an opportunity for attendees to meet other walkers and teams, share fundraising ideas, receive walk materials.

Mardi Gras Gala: The annual Marti Gras Gala to benefit the Lupus Foundation of N.C. will be held 7 p.m.-midnight March 8 at CenterStage@NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson Street. There will be entertainment by Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a silent auction, photo booth, fortune teller, a Masquerade contest, luxury raffle and the crowing of Gala King & Queen. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased by Feb. 26. Order by calling 704-716-5640 or email

Teen Health Connection

Stand Up Get Down for Teens: Table sponsorships are now available for the third annual Stand Up and Get Down for Teens to be held March 15 at the Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. For information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, call Glenda Bernhardt at 704-381-8369

Mitchell’s Fund

Hoops Madness: The second annual Hoops Madness for Mitchell’s Fund will take place 5-10 p.m. March 22 at SMS Catering on Norland Avenue. Tickets are $75 and include all food and drink. Tickets are sponsorships are available at or by calling 704-348-4848. The theme is NCAA basketball tournament. Last year’s event raised over $75,000 to help families at Novant Hemby Children’s Hospital facing the financial hardship of a child’s illness.

OrthoCarolina Research Institute

Charity Event: The OrthoCarolina Research Institute will host its Second Annual Injury Prevention Across Sports with Science Charity Event 6-10 p.m. March 29 at the Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. The event is black-tie option and will feature Lee Corso, analyst on ESPN’s College Game Day. Tickets are $150. Proceeds support OCRI and other local charities supported by the NFL Former Players Association-Charlotte Chapter. For tickets or sponsorships:

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