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Compiled by Lauren Bailey
First Thursday fundraiser
First Thursday, which happens monthly in downtown Matthews, will benefit Common Heart’s Common Cupboard food pantry Nov. 5 to help provide families with Thanksgiving dinner. Every $20 raised will provide a turkey and all the fixings per family. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items or monetary donations to the Common Heart booth or Salon 131 during the event which beings at 5 p.m. Other businesses will offer percentages of sales to Common Heart, including Carolina Beer Temple, Black Chicken Wine Cellar and Salon 131. Learn more at www.facebook.com/redbrickpartnership or www.thecommonplace.org.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial will hold his fifth annual Veterans Day Cell Phone Drive to benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers, which collects and recycles mobile phones and uses the recycling money to provide prepaid phone cards to military families. The drive will be held Nov. 1-25 at Ameriprise Financial, 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 302. Learn more at www.markantonich.com.
Westford United Methodist Church
The Westford United Methodist Church will hold its annual fundraising barbeque 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the church, 273 Highway 49 S, Concord. Cost is $8 for a plate, three sandwiches or one pound. Call 704-782-1423 for delivery or information. Learn more at www.westfordumc.com.
Easter Seals UCP
Walk With Me
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia will hold its 16th annual Walk With Me Charlotte event 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Freedom Park. The walk supports the programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year’s goal is to raise $90,000. Community members can start their own walk teams, raise funds or learn more at www.easterseals.com/NCVA/get-involved/walk-with-me/.
Matthews Woman’s Club
Pancake fundraiser breakfast
The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League will host an Applebee’s Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast 8-10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Matthews Applebee’s, 9616 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews. Meal tickets are $6 each and funds will support the league’s charitable efforts. For information, email Kay at Matthewswe@gmail.com. Learn more about the group at www.mattewswomen.org.
Chapman Memorial Baptist Church
Chapman Memorial Baptist Church will host a craft sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 608 Valleydale Road, Charlotte. Homemade items for sale include table runners, Christmas decorations, dolls, knitted and crocheted items, specialty nuts and more. Proceeds will benefit church missions.
Walk for PKD
The Charlotte Chapter of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation will hold its Walk for PKD 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road. Start your pledge and walk team at http://walkforpkd.org/.
A 50-member chorus will join with soloists to present “Honor: A Salute to the Armed Forces” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road. The concert is free to veterans, $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for all others. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.sharonpcusa.org/special_events.
Coolinary Kids Challenge
Discovery Place will hold the Coolinary Kids Challenge – a kids cooking competition – to benefit Classroom Central, the nonprofit providing school supplies to those in need in the Charlotte area. The competition will take place 6-10 p.m. Nov. 12 at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $125 each and must be purchased at www
Living Saviour Lutheran
Living Saviour Lutheran church will hold its 20th annual fundraising Craft Bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the church, 6817 Carmel Road. Items for sale include Christmas decor, jewelry, baby items, handmade crafts, pottery, candy and more. A bake sale will also sell homemade treats. Proceeds will benefit local and national ministries. Learn more at http://livingsaviourlc.org/.
JDRF, which raises money and improves the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes, will hold its JDRF Hope Gala 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. The black tie event will feature cocktail reception and dinner, live and silent auctions, after party and open bar. Cost is $250 per ticket with complimentary valet parking provided. Purchase your ticket or donate toward the cause at www.hopegalacharlotte.com.
Gallery event fundraiser
Anna’s Angels, which raises money for research benefiting those with Down syndrome, will hold a special art exhibit: “Conscious Art: A Gallery of Artists with Special Needs,” 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $60. Learn more at www.annas-angels.org.
Search for donors and needy families
HopeMatch, a nonprofit that provides assistance to people in need at Christmas by matching families with givers, is seeking nominations for families in need, as well as donors who would like to help. Nominations for families in need will be accepted through Nov. 30 at www.hopematch.org. Those wishing to be matched with a family to help can view all their donation options online. Email Erin Blackmore with additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookies for a Cause
Stockings of Hope
Help Cookies for a Cause fulfill its mission of stuffing 1,000 holiday stockings full of new gifts and useful essentials to cheer homeless children in the Charlotte. Each stocking costs approximately $15 to produce. Make a monetary donation at www.cookies4acause.org/Stockings_of_Hope.html. To drop off physical items, email email@example.com. A list of items needed is available on the website.
South Iredell Senior Center
Donations are needed for the Senior Center’s Santa’s Gift Shop, which sells items to raise money to support the center. Items needed include: 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.