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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Common Heart

Fundraising success

About 350 people gathered Oct. 23 for Common Heart’s seventh annual Love in Action fundraising banquet, which raised $24,750 for the nonprofit. More than half of the amount was raised by Common Heart Booster Teams – supporters who gathered as teams to collect donations for Common Heart in the weeks leading up to the banquet.

Turkeys needed

Common Heart is seeking donations to provide 1,000 families with the supplies to make their own Thanksgiving feasts. Drop off frozen turkeys and other related nonperishable food to the Common Things Thrift Store, 321 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. If you wish to donate large amounts of nonperishables or 10 or more turkeys, email to make an appointment. Cash donations also are accepted. Learn more at

Tax preparers needed

Common Heart is seeking volunteers to be trained to provide free tax preparation for residents. Free training will be held in December at South Piedmont Community College, Monroe. Learn more by emailing

Safe Alliance

Verizon matching grant

Verizon Wireless has started a month-long matching grant campaign in partnership with Safe Alliance, a local organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Through Nov. 30, the public is asked to make monetary donations to Safe Alliance at The money will be matched by Verizon up to $10,000. Safe Alliance also neesd of items such as twin size comforters and blankets, bath towels, pillows, diapers and cleaning supplies, which can be dropped of at the Verizon Wireless retail store, 110 McCullough Drive.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cellphone drive

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 through Nov. 25 at Ameriprise Financial, 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 302. Learn more at

Matthews Woman’s Club

Seven days of dining

The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League will give away seven days worth of restaurant gift cards for every $10 donation. Donations will benefit the club’s service projects. First prize is a $400 value. Purchase your $10 entry at Designs by Shirlee, 163-B S. Trade St., Matthews, or at Dean, Heckle & Hill, 608 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. Learn more by contacting Rozanna at or 704-351-2287.

Sharon Presbyterian

Choral concert

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

Classroom Central

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 Charlotte. 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 Cocktail attire is requested.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Craft bazaar

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 and candy. A bake sale will also sell homemade treats. Proceeds will benefit local and national ministries. Learn more at

Anna’s Angels

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


Search for donors and needy families

HopeMatch, a local 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. Nominations for families in need will be accepted through Nov. 30 at Those wishing to be matched with a family to help can view all their donation options online. Email Erin Blackmore with questions at

Nation Ford Band Boosters

Food fundraiser

The Nation Ford Band Boosters Alumni Association will hold an All You Can Eat Oyster Roast and Barbecue Fundraiser 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Anne Springs Close Greenway Field Trail Barn, 835 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. Cost is $40 for oysters and barbecue, or $20 for barbecue and sides. Buy advance tickets at or contact Theresa Law at or 803-242-3916.

Jazz Arts Initiative

Holiday concert

Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative will hold its holiday concert 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Blumenthal Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. to raise funds for student scholarships. Tickets are $20 in advance available for purchase at or by calling 704-372-1000. A preshow reception will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and free appetizers. Learn more about the JAI at

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 Charlotte. Each stocking costs approximately $15 to produce. Make a monetary donation at or drop off physical items by emailing A list of items needed is available on the website.