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Cut From the Same Cloth

What: Seasonal collections and custom clothes, made of materials including natural fibers, such as silks, cottons, wool blends and linens, and others. Prices range from $50 to $250.

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Heart Ball

The 58th annual Heart Ball, held Feb. 6 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Crown Ballroom, had a Brazilian theme. Dancers and performers in costume welcomed patrons, there was dining and dancing.

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Art with Heart

This gala and auction, held Feb. 6 in Founders Hall, featured work from artists all over the country, donated to support Safe Alliance, which aims to help people in crisis in Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman.

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On Style with Mike Rucker

Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker is a busy man. He’ll be in Santa Clara to support the Panthers in their quest for Super Bowl victory. On March 5 he’ll participate in Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte, to raise money for the ballet company and Rucker’s chosen charity, the USO of North Carolina. Rucker owns Vision Group Realty, and is coordinator for the Southeast Region of the NFL Legends Community, an organization that recognizes and celebrates NFL players by helping them further their careers in the business world. He and his wife, Kristina, have three children: Alexis, Mason and Marlee.

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Dream Gala

This year’s Dream On 3 gala, Jan. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton, featured sports celebrities including Steve Smith and Muggsy Bogues, mingling with patrons and Dream Kids, and a goal of raising more than $100,000 in pledges for the evening, which it achieved.

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On Style with Rita Vandiver

Rita Vandiver moved to Charlotte in 1967 when her husband, Bill, took a job with North Carolina National Bank, now Bank of America. A woman who “always had busy hands,” she used them to sew, cross-stitch and knit, and eventually make necklaces. She began Jewelry by Rita V after receiving compliments on the pieces she made for herself, often from treasures she collected while traveling. A graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, she’s been married to husband Bill for more than 50 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

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On Style: With Hannah Levinson

Hannah Levinson, 28, is the first Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson College. She works with students to help them see the scope and application of their liberal arts education. Levinson earned an M.A. in Ethics and Applied Philosophy from University of North Carolina Charlotte, during which she pursued how ethics and philosophy act on our lives. A Charlotte native, Levinson moved back home from Atlanta in 2012.

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Agate and Elm

What: One-of-a-kind jewelry made from sterling, copper and brass, combined with gemstones and crystals ranging from jasper, agate and quartz to malachite, garnet and turquoise. Women’s offerings include necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings; men’s are rings, necklaces, cuff links and money clips. Prices range from $20 to $200.

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PRIDE Awards

Pride Magazine’s annual event this year, Jan. 16 at the Westin, focused on the theme “Paths out of Poverty.” The magazine, which plans to share information about upward mobility in every issue this year according to publisher Dee Dixon, honored Kasheena Townsend (Pride Triumph Award), Exodus Foundation (Nonprofit “Paths out of Poverty” Award) and Asia McLean (Youth Empowerment Award). 

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Gallery: Dance Theatre of Harlem exhibition

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture presents “Dance Theatre of Harlem: Forty Years of Firsts” Jan. 22-June 26. The exhibition showcases costumes, set pieces, historical photographs, original tour programs and posters, letters and video excerpts from the iconic company and its corps who were determined to defy prejudice.

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Gallery: Ambassador's Ball

The Allegro Foundation held its annual Ambassador’s Ball Jan. 9 at Quail Hollow Club, with Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and Canadian consul general Linda Blais on hand, along with the Stanley Cup (a hit with many guests). Allegro aims to serve children with disabilities through movement instruction.