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24 Hours of Booty will hold its 15th annual bike ride to benefit Levine Cancer Institute 7 p.m. July 29 to 7 p.m. July 30. Registration is open at www.24hoursofbooty.org. There is a $75 registration fee and riders are required to raise a minimum of $400 prior to the event to help fight cancer. Volunteers are also needed.
March Forth with Hope Foundation
Gatsby Gala fundraiser
The March Forth with Hope Foundation will sponsor the Celebrate Hope Gatsby Gala 6 p.m. March 5 at the Ballanytne Hotel & Lodge. The black tie and Gatsby-style gala will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. The foundation works to grant wishes of children with bone cancer. Tickets are $250 and are available at www.marchforthwithhope.com. Details: 704-844-9994.
Pancakes for a Purpose
Pancreatic cancer fundraiser
The sixth annual Pancakes for a Purpose will be held 7-10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5110 Piper Station Drive, Charlotte. Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $8 with all proceeds benefiting Pancreatic Cancer Research. Panthers memorabilia will also be raffled off. To purchase tickets, donate or learn more, visit www.PancakesforaPurpose.org or email info@PancakesforaPurpose.org.
Free tax services
For the fifth year in a row, local nonprofit Common Heart is offering free tax services for families with an annual household income of $53,000 or less. Qualified volunteers offer help with tax form preparation. The free service is available by appointment only through April 15. To make an appointment, residents should call 704-684-9007. Learn more at http://CommonHeart.org.
Matthews Free Medical Clinic
The Tipsy Paintbrush will host the third annual Art & Amore fundraiser for the local nonprofit Matthews Free Medical Clinic, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 at the studio, 116B W. John Street. During the fundraiser, a professional artist will guide guests step-by-step to pain a pre-selected piece on a canvas to take home. Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the medical clinic which provides free medical care for low income, uninsured residents. To reserve your spot, call 704-412-2398. To learn more about the clinic, visit www.matthewsfmc.org.
Loaves & Fishes
The Levine-Sklut Family Foundation is challenging the Charlotte community to help feed more neighbors in need. Lori and Eric Sklut are offering to match up to $25,000 in donations to Loaves & Fishes. If the $25,000 is matched, $50,000 would provide 131,578 meals. To donate, visit www.loavesandfishes.org.
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte provides year-round programs for children and families living in low-income apartment communities. Monetary donations are needed to fund the programs LHCC offers at no cost to local needy community members including after-school meals, literacy programs, homework and reading support, and summer enrichment programs. Details: www.lhcclt.org or call 980-297-5114.
Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission
Free tax services
The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is offering free tax preparation to individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015.
These individuals are eligible to use MyFreeTaxes, a free national online tax filing platform, offering both online and in person. The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. To schedule an appointment, call 704-664-2357, ext. 15. Learn more at www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.
Early Learning Partnership of York County
Krispy Kreme Race
The Krispy Kreme Run 4 Reading Race will be held 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill. The four-mile loop will include a stop at Winthrop University where participants will be challenged to down a dozen doughnuts before racing back to the finish line. Other races include a casual run and a one-mile relay. Costumes are encouraged and doughnuts available for all. Proceeds will benefit the Early Learning Partnership of York County. Register at http://4reading.raceonline.com/.
“Be Irish for a Night,” the 22nd annual fundraiser for Pilgrims’ Inn, will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 12 at St. Anne Parish Life Center, 1696 Bird Street, Rock Hill.
The event features a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish corn bread, desserts and drinks. There also will also be Irish dancers, live music and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 803-327-4227. Pilgrims’ Inn offers emergency assistance, shelter and support for individuals and families in York County. Learn more at http://pilgrimsinn.org/.
Arts Council of Chester County
Oyster Roast fundraiser
The Arts Council of Chester County’s 10th annual Oyster Roast & Auction Fundraiser will take place 6-9 p.m. March 19 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester.
The event features a silent and live auction, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and Lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert, and sweet tea. Reserved tables are available for $600 and include eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. No tickets sold at the door. Tickets are available at the Arts Council, 123 Main St., and can be purchased with cash or checks only. For information, call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or reservations.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
Souper Bowl and Bake Sale
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shoe Show will hold its Souper Bowl and Bake Sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, Union Street N., Concord. Tickets are $10 each and include a bowl of artisan soup, crackers, a drink and a favor. Take out is available. Rain date: Feb. 23. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s social services programs. For additional information, call 704-782-7822.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
Monthly donors needed
The local nonprofit, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, needs monthly donors to help support the thousands of birds and other rescued and rehabilitated creatures. A $10 or $25 donation would make a big difference. Details: www.cwrescue.org.
Volunteer work project
Help spruce up the rescue during the CWR’s Volunteer Work Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 20, at the rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. Free lunch will be given to all volunteers. Wear closed-toe shoes, and clothes you can get dirty. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aaeaa29a4fc1-carolina10.
Paint for a purpose
The Tipsy Paintbrush, 116 W. John Street, Matthews, will hold a CWR fundraiser 7-9 p.m. March 5 where participants will be guided by an artist to paint their own masterpiece featuring one of the CWR birds. The cost is $35. Reserve your seat by calling or texting Kara at 704-412-2398.