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HF Financial

Giving Back to PAL: HF Financial, a life insurance company, organized their first "Great Chefs of HF Financial Barbecue Cook-Off Contest" to benefit the Police Activities League (PAL) of Charlotte.

Participants paid and entry fee of $20. HF Financial also created a "pay to be casual" day which allowed employees to wear jeans to work if they paid $10. In total, the company raised $500. PAL is a charity organization offering the necessary support to enhance the lives of youth and young adults in low-income, underserved Charlotte communities. Visit www.palcharlotte.org.

Volunteers Needed

Thunder Road Marathon: Volunteers are needed in more than 10 areas for the Thunder Road Marathon on Charlotte Nov. 8-12. Nonprofits can also volunteer as a group and receive a charitable contribution. Contact Bryan Pashal at 704-643-3038 or bpashal@pashalpromotion.com. Registration for the marathon is also available online at www.runcharlotte.com.

Teen Health Connection

Advisory Board Applications: Teen Health Connection (THC) is re-launching the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), designed to fulfill many roles including consultation on THC initiatives, outreach, development and community service. TAB memberships last for one year. Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year are due Oct. 3 by 5 p.m. To apply, you must be 11-22 years old. Visit www.teenhealthconnection.org.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Awards of Excellence: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund's eighth annual "Awards of Excellence" event will take place 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Founders Hall inside the Bank of America Building, 100 North Tryon Street.

The event will feature a strolling supper and reception followed by an awards program at Booth Playhouse beginning at 7:15 p.m. The event will honor individuals across the country based on their leadership, community involvement, professional and civic excellence and contributions to education and diversity. Honorees include Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, vice president, Novant Health; Corie Pauling, associate general counsel, TIAA-CREF; Fred Whitfield, president and COO of Bobcats Sports and Entertainment; and Emily Zimmern, president and CEO, The Levin Museum of The New South. For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, contact Mary Jones at mary.jones@tmcfund.org or call 201-227-8427.

Second Harvest Food Bank

STOP Senior Hunger: Through Oct. 15, there will be a food drive to help support Second Harvest's STOP Senior Hunger program. Donation barrels will be set up in locations across Charlotte. Find a barrel at stopseniorhungerincharlotte.com.

Big South Conference

5K Road Race: The Big South Conference recently announced its second annual 5K Road Race to benefit Charlotte-area middle school athletics.

The event will kick off 8 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Blakeney Shopping Center in Ballantyne. The event is being presented by Keffer Automotive and TrySports. Online registration is now open at www.BigSouth5k.com. The race will end with awards, music, games, food and giveaways.

Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer

Comedy Show Fundraiser: Tickets are now on sale for Carolinas Medical Cener-Union's annual Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Rolling Hills Country Club, 2722 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe.

Tickets are $40 each with proceeds benefiting the Edwards Cancer Center at CMC-Union.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tickledpink4bc.com, at CMC-Union Cheer Corner Gift Shop at 600 Hospital Drive, Monroe; or at The Silver Lining, 114 N. Main Street, Monroe. For details call 704-225-2593 or visit the website.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lake Norman Leukemia Cup Regatta and Photo Run: This sailing race to support leukemia and other similar cancers will be held 10:55 a.m. Oct. 22 near Shoal Marker .4 NM WNW of Channel Marker 2. Outrigger Yacht Club is the organizing authority and host, responsible for all sailing aspects of the event including the Notice of Race. Submission and judging of photos will take place 3 p.m. Oct. 22. For details, call 828-244-5577 or visit www.leukemiacup.org/nc.

Foundation for Respect Ability

Benefit Concert: The Foundation for Respect Ability is hosting a concert with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paula and Mary at the Knight Theatre 3 p.m. Oct. 30. Billy Jonas will perform with Peter. Proceeds will help bring the "Don't Laugh At Me" program to area schools and organizations. For details, contact Diane Benson at 704-439-9798. For tickets visit www.blumenthalarts.org or www.carolinatix.org, or call 704-372-1000.

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