Giving back
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Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Trailblazers

Charity Ball: The Twenty-Fourteen Trailblazers Charity Ball will take place 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. Details: trailblazersball.com/tickets.htm.

Wesley Chapel

Volunteer Days: Wesley Chapel will hold volunteer work days 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16 at Dogwood Park, 121 Lester Davis Road. There are jobs for all ages and volunteer hours given. All volunteers must sign a waiver, with parents signing for children younger than 18. Details: 704-839-0182.

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 trailers full of food to families who will gather 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Food Lion parking lot, 5850 W. U.S. 74, Indian Trail. Qualified families will be pre-selected. About 60 volunteers are needed to help distribute the food. Volunteers are also needed for planning. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4faeaa2da20-800families2.

Discovery Place Kids

Countdown to Kindergarten: Discover Place KIDS will hold a free program for rising kindergarteners and their families.

The Rockingham location program will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 8, and the Huntersville location program will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15. The Countdown to Kindergarten will focus on kindergarten readiness and a celebration of their entrance into formal education. For information, visit www.discoveryplacekids.org or call 704-372-6261.

Lupus Foundation

Golf Tournament: The Links for Lupus Golf Tournament will take place 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and a dinner reception at 5:30 p.m. with all players receiving lunch and dinner, official tournament gift, golfer goodie bag, and a team photograph. Cost is $200 per player, or $700 per foursome. Sponsorships also available. Proceeds to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, NC Chapter. Register at lupuslinks.dojiggy.com.

Shepherd’s Center

Digital Camera Management: Learn how to edit, load and share digital images in this class for seniors. Southminster Retirement Community will host the class Aug. 11, 13 and 15. Cost is $30 for Booster members, and $40 for nonmembers. To register call 704-365-1995, or visit www.shepherdscharlotte.org.

SAVVY Senior Celebration: Shepherd’s Center will hold a SAVVY Seniors Celebration 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Mission House, Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road. Call 704-365-1995 to reserve a spot.

Amazing Charity Race

Registration Open: HealthQuest’s Amazing Charity Race, to take place on 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 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 that HealthQuest can assist those in need. Learn more and register a team at www.hqcharityrace.com.

Arc of Mecklenburg County

FASD Awareness Day: The Mecklenburg County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Committee in partnership with the FASD Collaborative of N.C. and the N.C. Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program invites the public to attend an informational event to educate about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The event will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte.

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” Sept. 23 at Bridger Field House in Winston-Salem.

Money raised during the event will be used by the Greater Carolinas chapter of the MS Society to help support people 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 of 10.

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