South Charlotte

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Trips for Kids

Bike Drive:

Drop off your old bikes of any size or type 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Subway in the Promenade, 10822 Providence Road #200, and you will receive a free 6-inch sub when you buy another sub and a drink. Bikes will be donated to Trips for Kids Charlotte Re-Cyclery, which refurbishes the bikes for 10- to 15-year-olds to earn in the nonprofits Earn-a-Bike program. Learn more at www.tripsforkidscharlotte.org.

South Iredell Senior Center

Volunteer workshop:

The South Iredell Senior Center will hold a volunteer workshop 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville, to start making gift baskets and other homemade items for the grand opening of “Santa’s Gift Shop” in November. Reserve your spot by calling 704-662-3337.

Donations needed:

Donations are needed for the Senior Center’s “Santa’s Gift Shop,” which sells items to raise funds to support the center. Items needed include: Christmas items, baskets, jewelry, hats, gloves, scarves, recipe books and more. No clothes, broken items or books accepted. Items can be homemade. Drop off donations at the front desk of the Senior Center 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville.

Used cell phone collection:

The South Iredell Senior Center is holding a used cell phone drive. Phones may be dropped off at the center 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. Businesses, churches and other groups can collect as a group and call the Senior Center to schedule pick up at 704-662-3337.

Common Cupboard

Food need:

The Common Cupboard food pantry in Union County is struggling to stock its shelves this summer because of a 30 percent increase in the number of families seeking help this year. Urgent needs are: Pasta, pasta sauce (cans or plastic containers preferred), cereal, canned tuna or other meats, soups, canned fruit and veggies, beans and rice. Cash donations are also accepted. To donate, visit http://TheCommonplace.org or donate in person 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sat.urday at Common Things Thrift Store, 321 Indian Trail Road N., Indian Trail. www.TheCommonplace.org.

BCC Rally

Fundraising events:

The Ballantyne Country Club Rally, an all-volunteer nonprofit that raises funds to fight breast cancer, will hold its annual series of events Sept. 12-26 at Ballantyne County Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. Proceeds will go to Rally for the Cure. Charity events are listed below. Tickets for all events are available at http://bccrally.org/.

▪ Unmask the Night Ball, 6:30p.m.-midnight Sept. 12: This masquerade ball will feature opera music, food, dancing, auctions and more. Cost is $125 per person.

▪ Ladies’ Rally for the Cure Golf and Luncheon, 8 a.m. Sept. 22: Sponsored by Aetna this event will include a step-aside scramble golf tournament and luncheon. Cost is $85 for golf and luncheon.

▪ Jazz it Up for the Cure Luncheon 11 a.m. Sept. 22: Sponsored by Charlotte Radiology, soft Jazz will accompany lunch. A raffle and silent auction will be held. Cost is $60 per person.

▪ Mens’ “Pink Ball” Golf, 11 a.m. Sept. 24: KPMG will sponsor this four-man team event with shotgun start on the new golf course. Cost is $125 per person.

▪ Racquet for Rally, 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 26: A tennis clinic sponsored by Ballantyne Country Club and AmWINS. Cost ranges from $45-$70 per person.

Make an Impact Foundation

Donations needed:

Make An Impact Foundation out of Cornelius funds projects that impact the lives of 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. The foundation needs financial, corporate or property donations. To learn more, visit www.makeanimpactnow.org or call 704-409-1875.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive:

Many children go without enough food when school is out. To offset the low numbers of food items available at the Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) pantries in the summer – including nine satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry – is hosting their third annual Summer Food Drive. Nonperishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries in Concord and Kannapolis 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.

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 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.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

PurpleStride Charlotte:

PurpleStride Charlotte 2015 is a 5K run and family walk that unites the community by raising awareness and support for the fight against pancreatic cancer. The event will take place 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St. Learn more and register at purplestride.org/charlotte2015.

Ronald McDonald House

Benefit Ball:

The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will hold its first Storybook Ball 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Hilton Center City Uptown Charlotte, 222 E. Third St. This black-tie event will raise money to help ensure families of critically ill children have a home-away-from-home while their children are in our local hospitals. Tickets are $250 per person and the theme is The Cat in the Hat with a night of dinner, networking, entertainment, silent auction and dancing. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.rmhofcharlotte.org and click on “News and Events” > “Storybook Ball.”

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