Giving back: Charitable events in the Charlotte area
Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

Giving back: Charitable events in the Charlotte area

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Critical shortage: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently announced it is experiencing a critical blood shortage of O-type blood. All blood and platelet donations have been down this season and CBCC is urging the community to donate as soon as possible. Visit to make an appointment, or call 704-972-4700. Details:

Common Heart

Firecracker Run: The nonprofit Common Heart will host its annual Firecracker Run to raise money for its Common Cupboard food pantry 8 a.m. July 4 at The Village of Lake Park, 6201 Creft Circle. There will be 10K, 5K, 1K and Kids Dash options with raffle prizes. Bring two or more nonperishable items for the food pantry for a free raffle ticket. Registration:

Habitat for Humanity

River Jam Book Drive: Habitat for Humanity will host a book drive at the River Jam concert at the U.S. National Whitewater Center 7 p.m. July 10. Books will be sold through the ReStore and used to help build more Habitat houses.

Community School of the Arts

Grant recipient: The Community School of the Arts will receive a grant from the Reemprise Fund, which will support a large-scale project to identify CSA alumni.

Community School of the Arts has existed for 45 years but alumni records have been lost. By tracking down former students, board members and faculty, the school will increase its impact in the community and enhance the cultural life of Charlotte. The Reemprise Fund was established at Foundation for the Carolinas to encourage entrepreneurial ventures by nonprofits. If you are an alumnus of CSA, contact Gensie Baker Pratt at or 704-887-0297.

Amazing Charity Race

Registration open: HealthQuest’s Amazing Charity Race, Sept. 6 at the Union County Agricultural Center, is accepting team applications.

The fundraiser will be a competition to decipher clues and complete various challenges. A $2,000 prize will go to the winning team’s charity of choice and a $500 prize will go to the team winning the final bonus challenge. Organizers hope to bring awareness to the plight of those who cannot afford prescription medications, and raise funds to ensure HealthQuest can assist those in need. Details and registration:

24 Hours of Booty

Registration open: Registration is open for the 13th annual 24 Hours of Booty, presented by Levine Cancer Institute.

This year’s charity cycling event is scheduled for the Myers Park “Booty Loop” from 7 p.m. July 25 to 7 p.m. July 26, raising funds to help fight cancer. About 300 volunteers are needed to support this year’s ride. Register to ride or volunteer at

MS Society

Richard Childress: The Greater Carolinas chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will honor NASCAR championship team owner Richard Childress with “An Evening with Richard Childress” on Sept. 23 at Bridger Field House in Winston-Salem.

Money raised will be used by the Greater Carolinas chapter to support those affected by MS and fund research to create an MS-free world. Tickets and sponsorships: Seats are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10.

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