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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Psi Omega chapter Inc, held its annual Senior Morning Out June 20 at the McCrorey YMCA, 3801 Beatties Ford Road. Seniors were treated to lunch, games and prizes. They also received information on Alzheimer's disease and mental health from the National Alliance on Mental Health.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Psi Omega chapter Inc, held its annual Senior Morning Out June 20 at the McCrorey YMCA, 3801 Beatties Ford Road. Seniors were treated to lunch, games and prizes. They also received information on Alzheimer's disease and mental health from the National Alliance on Mental Health. COURTESY OF DEBORAH WILLIAMS

Send news about all fundraising events to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send announcements at least two weeks in advance.

Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Common Heart

Firecracker run success: Common Heart, which seeks to provide families in need with food and other services, raised $3,000 during its recent Firecracker Run thanks to sponsors, volunteers and race participants.

This money will provide a week’s worth of food for 120 families. The run was held in Union County’s Village of Lake Park. Learn more at http://commonheartfirecrackerrun.com.

Make an Impact Foundation

Donations needed: Make An Impact Foundation of Cornelius funds projects that helps children who are underprivileged, marginalized, abused, neglected or distressed.

These needs are met by identifying worthwhile projects and finding donor partners to help meet each need. At present, MAIF is in need of financial, corporate or property donations. To learn more, visit www.makeanimpactnow.org or call 704-409-1875.

Mt. Hermon Lutheran

Car wash fundraiser: The youth of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church will hold a car wash to help a family in need 10 a.m.- noon July 18 in the church parking lot, 3600 US-601, Concord. Learn more by calling 704-782-2326.

Companion Parrots Re-homed

Fundraising celebration: Companion Parrots Re-homed, which seeks adoptive homes for abandoned, neglected or otherwise in-need parrots, will hold a fundraising birthday party for its blue and gold macaw at the annual Bosley’s Birthday Bash. The event will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25 at Parrot University, 321 S Polk St., Pineville. There will be refreshments, store sales, raffle prizes and a birthday cake at 1 p.m. All raffle proceeds and donations will benefit the nonprofit Companion Parrots Re-homed. To learn more, visit www.companionparrots.org or call 704-889-2325.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive: Many children go without enough food in the summer when they are not in school. To offset the low numbers of food items available at the Cooperative Christian Ministry pantries in the summer – including nine satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry – CCM will host its third annual Summer Food Drive. Nonperishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries as well as drop-off locations throughout the community. Find locations to donate at www.cooperativeministry.com/programs/hunger-relief. Learn more by calling 704-786-4709.

24 Hours of Booty

Volunteer registration open: There are still a few volunteer positions open for the 14th annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute. This year’s charity cycling event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24 until 7 p.m. July 25. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to support this event. Register at www.24hoursofbooty.org/events/charlotte/volunteer/. Call 704-365-4417 with questions.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Family education program: National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold an 11-class free educational series for caregivers of patients with mental illness.

The information will give caregivers a basic education on brain disorders as well as ways to improve the lives of families with loved ones suffering with mental illness. The course will be 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 22 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill, S.C. Registration in advance is required with a 20-person class limit. Register with Judy at namiptc@gmail.com or 803-610-8174.

Lupus Foundation

Golf tournament: The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter will be the beneficiary of the 15th annual Links for Lupus Golf Tournament 11 a.m. Aug. 31 at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road. To learn more or sign up, visit http://lupuslinks.dojiggy.com.

Friend of York County Animal Shelter

Volunteers needed: The Friends of York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to work with the dogs and cats in the facility. Volunteers may help in exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, publicity and marketing, public education or other duties. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must go through training and orientation. For more information, call 803-818-6485 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York, SC.

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