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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Classroom Central

Collection Success:

Ballantyne Corporate Park recently hosted a successful Color the Park Drive to benefit Classroom Central. Ballantyne Corporate Park collected more than 20,000 coloring supplies, 600 miscellaneous items and more than $4,000 in donations. With Classroom Central’s ability to turn every dollar into $5 worth of supplies, the drive will result in more than 41,000 school supplies for students in need. Learn more at

Lydia’s Legacy

Teal Tea Party:

Lydia’s Legacy will host its fifth annual Teal Tea Party 3-6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave. Come dressed for high tea and enjoy a floor show, silent auction and presentation of the 2015 Teal Gents. The afternoon will conclude with dancing to live music. Tickets are $65 per person with proceeds benefiting gynecologic cancer research and awareness. Purchase tickets and learn more about Lydia’s Legacy at

Heart Math Tutoring

Tutors needed:

Heart Math Tutoring, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged students develop math skills and academic confidence, is recruiting volunteer tutors for the 2015-2016 school year. Now to Sept. 17, tutors are being recruited to help 350 students at seven schools. Volunteers commit to weekly tutoring sessions lasting either 30 minutes or one hour. To learn more or volunteer, call 704-931-3209 or email Visit to learn more online.

Jamaica Hope Foundation

Back to school raffle:

The nonprofit Jamaica Hope Foundation will host a back to school raffle to raise money for its supported schools in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Prizes include golf for four at TPC Piper Glen, HP all-in-one printer, 90-minute massage and Harris Teeter gift cards. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $10 for three and available for purchase at Winners will be drawn Sept. 4. Call Kara Lopp at 704-412-2398 with questions.

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

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 begin 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 22 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill, SC. Registration in advance is required with a 20-person class limit. Register with Judy at or 803-610-8174.

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, suite 200, and receive a free 6-inch sub when you buy another sub and a drink. All 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

BCC Rally

September fund raising 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

▪ Unmask the Night Ball, 6:30 p.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.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

PurpleStride Charlotte:

PurpleStride Charlotte 2015 is a 5K run and family walk that raises 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

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 the 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 and click on News and Events, then Storybook Ball.

Make an Impact Foundation

Donations needed:

Make An Impact Foundation (MAIF) out of Cornelius funds projects that help underprivileged, marginalized, abused, neglected or distressed children. These needs are met by identifying worthwhile projects and finding donor partners to help meet each need. MAIF is in need of financial, corporate or property donations. To learn more, visit or call 704-409-1875.

South Iredell Senior Center

Volunteer workshop:

The South Iredell Senior Center will hold a volunteer workshop 12:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 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 are: all 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 to Friday, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville.

Used cellphone collection:

The South Iredell Senior Center will hold a used cellphone drive. Phones may be dropped off at the center 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to 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, with a 30 percent increase in 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 or donate in person 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday at Common Things Thrift Store, 321 Indian Trail Road North. Learn more at

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, the ministry 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 Learn more by calling 704-786-4709.