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Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Trailblazers

Charity ball: The 2014 Trailblazers Charity Ball will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

The mission is to honor 100 past and current African Americans who have led or are leading the way in their fields. Funds will benefit organizations that focus on positively influencing and enhancing the lives of the next generation of African American trailblazers. Tickets are $55 per person and $90 per couple respectively thereafter. Purchase at http:// trailblazersball.com/tickets.htm.

Common Heart

Food for families: The local nonprofit Common Heart will partner with the national organizations Feed the Children and Speedway Children’s Charities to feed 800 local families in need.

Volunteers from all three organizations will distribute two tractor-trailer loads of food to local families who will gather 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Food Lion parking lot at 5850 W. U.S. 74 in Indian Trail. Qualified families will be selected in advance. About 60 volunteers are needed to help distribute the food. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4faeaa2da20-800families2.

Discovery Place Kids

Countdown to Kindergarten: Discovery Place Kids will hold a free communitywide program for rising kindergarteners and their families.

The Rockingham program will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 8 and the Huntersville program will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15. The Countdown to Kindergarten will focus on kindergarten readiness and a celebration of children’s entrance into formal education. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261.

YWCA

Summer Picnic: The YWCA will host a summer picnic 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at 4320 Park Road. Bring field games to share, if possible, and a back-to-school item or household item off the YWCA’s “Greatest Needs” list. View the list at www.ywcacentralcarolinas.org/greatest-needs.

Lupus Foundation

Golf tournament: The Links for Lupus Golf Tournament will be 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road. Shotgun start 12:30 p.m. and a dinner reception 5:30 p.m. Cost is $200 per player or $700 per foursome. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, NC Chapter. Register at http:// lupuslinks.dojiggy.com.

Amazing Charity Race

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

The fundraiser will be a competition between teams to decipher clues and complete various mental and physical 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. Learn more and register at www.hqcharityrace.com.

MS Society

An Evening with 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 of the MS Society to help support those affected by MS and fund research to create an MS-free world. Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.nationalmssociety.org/richardchildressdinner. Seats are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table for 10.

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