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Compiled by Lauren Bailey
Matching grant success: Thanks to a challenge grant by the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation, more than 17,000 of Mecklenburg’s hungry will have a week’s worth of groceries this spring. In December, Lori and Eric Sklut, through the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation, offered to match up to $25,000 in donations made to Loaves & Fishes through the end of February. The community stepped up to the challenge by donating $133,199, an increase of nearly $13,000 from last year. This will provide 359,997 meals for the hungry.
Learn more about Loaves & Fishes at www.loavesandfishes.org or call 704-523-4333.
Gala success: The 10th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala surpassed its fundraising of previous years and raised $82,000 for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. About 280 people attended the March 5 event at CenterStage@NoDa to help support those who suffer from lupus and raise money to search for a cure. Learn more at www.lupusnc.org.
Walk: The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter’s Walk to End Lupus Now will be held April 16 at Central Piedmont Community College, King’s Green 1201 Elizabeth Ave., and 175 volunteers are still needed. Volunteer times are from noon-9:30 p.m. with jobs including registration, set-up, parking, kids area, first aid, route guides, food and beverage, cheerleaders, breakdown and more.
Volunteers will be given a T-shirt and free meal for their service. If interested in volunteering, sign up online at www.lupusnc.org or email email@example.com or call 877-849-8271 ext. 3.
Autobell Car Wash
Charity success: During 2015, Autobell® Car Wash’s Charity Car Wash Program helped raise $634,398 for charities, schools, and other nonprofits in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The Charlotte-based company’s program began in 1998 and has assisted nonprofits in raising over $7.6 million to date. Nonprofits interested in Autobell’s Charity Car Wash Program should visit autobell.com or call 800-582-8096.
Flapjack fundraiser: The ANSWER Scholarship is hosting an Applebee’s flapjack fundraiser 8-10 a.m. April 9 at 8700 JW Clay Blvd. Tickets are $7 each with proceeds supporting ANSWER’s Mentors for Mom program. For tickets, visit www.answerscholarship.org or call Sonya at 704-953-6148 or Susan at 704-544-1988.
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 www.tefcharlotte.myevent.com.
Southwest Middle School
Honor society 5K: Southwest Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society will host a 5K walk/run event 9 a.m.-noon April 9 at the school’s track, 13624 Steele Creek Road. The race entry fee is $25 and all proceeds will support the Charlotte American Heart Association. Race applications are available online at schools.ms.k12.nc.us/southwestMS/pages. Bring your application and entry fee to the race. Food will be available for purchase. Call Bruce with any questions at 980-343-5006.
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 www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/charlotte/events/events/fot-2016-sa. To learn more, visit www.salvationarmycharlotte.org/fot.
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 www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.
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 www.commoncupboardgolfclassic.com. 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 http://CommonHeart.org.
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 www.drumstrong.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.