South Charlotte

Raising funds for charities

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

The Book Rack

Support our schools month: March is Support Our Schools month at The Book Rack, 10110 Johnston Road, Suite 5. During the month of March, The Book Rack, which has over 25,000 reduced-price used books, will donate 10 percent of each sale to the school of the customer’s choice. Since 2012, The Book Rack has donated over $9,100 to schools from this monthly fundraiser. Learn more by calling 704-544-8006 or visiting

Jersey Mike’s

Grin Kids fundraiser: Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in Charlotte and Columbia, SC. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. On March 30, all participating Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of that day’s proceeds to the Grin Kids, which will support over 180 charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. For a list of participating restaurants and information on the charity partners, visit

Exceptional Foundation

Virtual chili cook off: The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, a nonprofit that provides social and recreational opportunities for adults with disabilities, will hold it’s first TEF Charlotte Chili Cook-Off Online Fundraiser now through April 9. Prepare your team, create your virtual kitchen, and gets your friends and family to vote for your team by donating. Each dollar raised counts as a vote. There will be a chili celebration and the winner will be announced April 9. Learn more and sign up at

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

Festival of Tables: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, a civic-minded group of Charlotte-area women who seek to raise awareness and support for those in need, will hold their 28th annual Festival of Tables 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at the Sheraton Hotel, 555 S. McDowell Street. The event will bring together Charlotte’s finest designers and will feature a silent auction, luncheon and speaker. The event will benefit The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, the Center of Hope shelter, and the Salvation Army Christmas Center. Tickets are available online for $40 at To learn more, visit

Lake Norman

Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission

Free tax services: The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is offering free tax preparation to individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015. 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


Common Heart

Golf Classic: The nonprofit Common Heart will host its sixth annual Common Cupboard Golf Classic at noon May 2 at Firethorne Country Club, Marvin. There will be prizes, lunch, free polo shirts for golfers, dinner and a silent auction. The cost is $125 per person if registered by April 2, or $150 thereafter. The funds will help provide Common Cupboard, which feeds about 550 families per month, with much-needed food. Register and learn more at Business sponsorships are also available.

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


Fundraiser: The 10th annual Drumstrong event, which raises funds and awareness for cancer survivorship, education and research, will take place 8 a.m.-11 p.m. May 21 at Misty Meadows Farm, 455 Providence Road South, Weddington. There will be music, art and food vendors, a health expo, a 12-hour drum circle and more. To learn more, donate, volunteer or register to drum, visit


Education program: National Alliance on Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County will hold a free education series for caregivers that care for a loved one with mental illness. The 11 week course begins 6:15-8:45 p.m. April 18 at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill, S.C. The class will provide basic education about brain disorders and helpful ways to care for those with mood disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and addictive disorders. Registration is required and class size is limited to 20 people. Contact NAMI Tri-County at 803-610-8174 or email to register.