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Students raise funds

Rare disease: A group of students from Porter Ridge Middle School recently organized a fundraiser for the family of eighth-grader Christopher Price.

Christopher's father, Barry Dale Price, is suffering from a rare cancer called DFSP. The cancer, which attacks the muscles of the body, was first discovered in 2006 and has since returned again and again leaving Price in constant pain.

Now unable to work and with persistent medical bills, the Price family may lose their home. The students at Porter Ridge teamed up with Bonfire Bar & Grill in Indian Trail to help out the Price family. Ten percent of all proceeds from that day's sales went to the Price fund.

Price formerly worked for the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department and for the Matthews Police Department before the cancer forced him to retire.

"I enjoyed my time in Matthews and miss the things I did helping others," Price said. He hopes now that the community will come together and help his family stay in their home. His wife, Trish, was laid off from her job at Redbox and is now an assistant manager at Bojangles. Other than Christopher, they also have a daughter, Ashton, a third-grader at Fairview Elementary.

To donate to the Price fund, visit www.sheepletalk.com or send checks payable to Barry Dale Price Jr. to 6300 Frost Court, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

Special Olympics

Mile of quarters: Greg's Barbecue has joined with Matthew's Police to raise one mile of quarters for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

They are asking for quarters to be deposited in the donation box inside of Greg's Barbecue to help reach the goal. Greg's is located at 10915 Monroe Road, Matthews.

Volunteers needed

Signature event: Jacob's Ladder Job Center needs volunteers for their fall signature event to raise funds necessary in training and preparing underprivileged individuals to join the workforce.

The event will be 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at 1327 S. Mint St. Volunteer help is needed to assist with various aspects of the event including: event coordination, photography, graphic design, clerical support and phone calls, finance and auction committee members, social media experts, food and decorations, and interactive games and activities. Please contact Cay'me Jones at cayme@jacobsladdercharlotte.org or 704-714-4051 ext. 1001. You can also visit www.jacobsladdercharlotte.org.

N.C. Outward Bound

Race series: The NC Outward Bound School is currently holding a series of races at the U.S. National White Water Center to raise scholarship money for Charlotte Mecklenburg students and educators to participate in Outward Bound adventures."

The last two race days are July 1 and Sept. 24. For details and to register, visit www.riverboundrace.com. All events are held at the Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

24 Hours of Booty

Barbecue: Team Carpe Diem which is participating in the 24 Hours of Booty cycling event will be hosting a Barbecue for Booty night 6:30-10 p.m. July 9 at Mac's Speed Shop, 19601 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius.

Cost is $20 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to 24 Hours of Booty. Ticket includes a pulled pork plate, dessert and beverage. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bbqforbooty.eentbrite.com. For any questions call 704-365-4417.

Cycling event: Team Gita, which is participating in the 24 Hours of Booty cycling event, will host a Bottoms Up for Booty 6-10 p.m. July 21 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive.

Tickets are $30 and include a brat plate, beer and two raffle tickets. A portion of proceeds will benefit 24 Hours of Booty. Purchase tickets at bottomsupforbooty2011.eventbrite.com. For any questions call 704-365-4417.

Limited edition: Donald Haack Diamonds' & Fine Gems has designed a limited-edition sterling silver charm for the 10th anniversary of 24 Hours of Booty, a charity cycling event that raises money for cancer research.

The charm costs $45 and can be purchased at the store, 4611 Sharon Road # 100, or at the event July 29-30. Proceeds from the sale of each "Booty Charm" will benefit 24 Hours of Booty. For details email sueann@donaldhaack.com or call 704-365-4400.

Blood drive

Carolina Panthers: CBCC and the Panthers will host the fourth annual "I Bleed Black & Blue for My Community" blood drive 9 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14 in the visitors' locker room at Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.

Donors will receive a T-shirt and giveaways from the Panthers. Donors also will be able to sign up for tours of the stadium. Appointments are recommended. To make one, visit www.cbcc.us/donate and enter sponsor code "Panthers" or call 704-972-4733.

Rock-n-Roll

Tornado victims: Fat Fingers Bar & Grille will sponsor a Rock-N-Roll Benefit Party noon-9 p.m. July 23 at Fat Fingers, 2601 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

The party, organized by Extended Biker Family Sister, will benefit local area families who were strongly affected by tornados and storms the week of May 9-12. A $10 donation will get you in the door. Age 21 and older. For details, call 803-417-0310.

Golf tournament

Medical transportation: The Shepherd's Center East will hold a golf tournament fundraiser 8:30 a.m. August 30 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7504 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill.

Entry deadline is Aug. 9. Cost is $100 per person. Net proceeds will help fund the Medical Transportation Program for East Charlotte Seniors who can no longer drive themselves to medical appointments and cannot afford a taxi or city transportation. To register, call the SCE office at 704-338-1511.

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