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24 Hours of Booty will hold its 15th annual bike ride to benefit Levine Cancer Institute 7 p.m. July 29 to 7 p.m. July 30. Registration is now open at www.24hoursofbooty.org. There is a $75 registration fee and riders are required to raise a minimum of $400 prior to the event to help fight cancer. Volunteers are also needed.
Matthews Free Medical Clinic
The Tipsy Paintbrush will host the third annual Art and Amore fundraiser for the local nonprofit Matthews Free Medical Clinic, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13.
The event will be at the studio, 116B W. John St., Matthews. During the fundraiser, a professional artist will guide guests to paint a preselected piece on a canvas to take home. Cost is $50 per person and includes a buffet dinner, door prizes and the painting class.
Proceeds will benefit the medical clinic that provides free medical care for low income, uninsured residents. Details: 704-412-2398.
To learn more about the clinic, visit www.matthewsfmc.org.
Pancakes for a Purpose
Pancreatic cancer fundraiser
The sixth annual Pancakes for a Purpose will be held 7-10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5110 Piper Station Drive, Charlotte.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $8 with all of proceeds benefiting Pancreatic Cancer Research. Panthers memorabilia also will be raffled off. To purchase tickets, donate or learn more, visit www.PancakesforaPurpose.org or email info@PancakesforaPurpose.org.
Loaves & Fishes
The Levine-Sklut Family Foundation is challenging the Charlotte community to help feed more people in need. Lori and Eric Sklut are offering to match up to $25,000 in donations to Loaves & Fishes. If the $25,000 is matched, $50,000 would provide 131,578 meals for the hungry in Mecklenburg County. That’s enough to feed 6,266 people for a week. To donate, visit www.loavesandfishes.org.
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte provides year-round programs for children and families living in low-income apartment communities. Monetary donations are needed to fund the programs LHCC offers at no cost to local needy community members including after-school meals, literacy programs, homework and reading support, and summer enrichment programs. Details: www.lhcclt.org or call 980-297-5114.
Bless a baby
Bright Blessings, a Matthews nonprofit that serves homeless children and children living in poverty in Mecklenburg and Union Counties, needs items for its “Bless a Baby” program.
That program distributes “Bless a Baby” welcome baskets to homeless and impoverished infants and babies, providing them with items needed for the first 12 months of their lives. Last year they served 378 babies and are on track to serve 500 or more in 2016.
They need contributions of the following new items: newborn and size 1 diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, rice cereal, baby food, baby bottles, bibs, burp cloths, receiving blankets, baby blankets, infant sleepers and clothing 0-3 months, baby wash, baby lotion, wash cloths and hooded towels, pacifiers, teething rings, board books and diaper bags.
Free tax services
For the fifth year in a row, local nonprofit Common Heart is offering free tax services for families with an annual household income of $53,000 or less.
Qualified volunteers offer help with tax form preparation. Last year, the service saved residents an estimated $65,000 in preparation fees and got 279 families more than $360,000 in total refunds. The free service is available by appointment only through April 15. To make an appointment, residents should call 704-684-9007. Learn more at http://CommonHeart.org.
Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission
Free tax services
The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is offering free tax preparation to individuals and families with 2015 household incomes of $62,000 or less. These individuals are eligible to use MyFreeTaxes, a free national online tax filing platform, offering both online and in person.
The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. To schedule an appointment, call 704-664-2357, ext. 15. Learn more at www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
Souper Bowl and Bake Sale
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and Shoe Show will hold its Souper Bowl and Bake Sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, Union St. N., Concord.
Tickets are $10 each and include a bowl of artisan soup, crackers, a drink and a favor. Take out is available. Rain date: Feb. 23. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s social services programs. Details: 704-782-7822.
Early Learning Partnership of York County
Krispy Kreme Race – Run 4 Reading
The Krispy Kreme Race – Run 4 Reading will be 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 beginning and ending at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill. The 4-mile loop includes a stop at Winthrop University, where participants will be “challenged” to down a dozen doughnuts before racing back to the finish line. Other races include a casual run, a one-mile relay with four friends to carry a book to the finish line or be a “sleep-in” supporter and still get a T-shirt. Costumes encouraged and doughnuts available for all. Register at run4reading.raceonline.com. Proceeds go to the Early Learning Partnership of York County.
‘Be Irish for a Night’
“Be Irish for a Night,” the 22nd annual fundraiser for Pilgrims’ Inn, will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 12 at Saint Anne Parish Life Center, 1696 Bird St., Rock Hill. The event features a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish corn bread and desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, Irish dancers and music and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 ($30 tax deductible). For tickets, call 803-327-4227.
Arts Council of Chester County
Oyster Roast & Auction
The Arts Council of Chester County’s 10th Annual Oyster Roast & Auction Fundraiser will 6-9 p.m. March 19 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road. The event features a silent and live auction, all-you-can-eat steamed oyster bar and Lowcountry boil buffet, slaw, bread, dessert, and sweet tea. Cash bar (beer and wine). Reserved tables are available for $600 and include eight tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased. Tickets are $40 members and $45 others. No tickets sold at the door. Tickets available at the Arts Council, 123 Main St. Cash or checks only. For information, call Lauren Medlin at 803-581-2030 or email email@example.com for details or reservations.