South Charlotte

Giving back

Send your fundraising events to Lauren Bailey at lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Information must be received at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Student Collects Items

Disaster relief: Through the IB Program at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, students have to complete 150 service hours. Madison Martin, a rising junior, is getting a head start. A few weeks ago while watching the news she knew what her project would be: collecting items for the homeless people and pets whose homes were consumed by fire in Arizona. She also decided to donate items to those who were affected by the tornadoes that ravaged the southeast. "They were showing interviews on TV with the residents in Arizona and the people were in tears as they watched their houses being destroyed where they'd lived their whole lives," Madison said. Madison is asking for donations of items like toiletries, toys, books, pet food, leashes, clothes, blankets and any other items that could be of use to those who lost their homes in these natural disasters. If you would like to donate, contact Martin at 704-84302939 or email martinusaf14@aol.com.

Day of Service

Supporting nonprofits: IBM celebrated its Centennial Day of Service June 15 and teamed up with NPower Charlotte Region, a nonprofit that provides technology support to other nonprofits. They launched a Tech Day of Service and provide opportunities for IBM employees to conduct IT, skills-based volunteering with local nonprofits. NPower and IBM served 22 nonprofits and facilitated 36 technology improvement projects across the Charlotte region. For more information about NPower Charlotte Region, visit www.npowercharlotteregion.org or call 704-716-7767.

Humane Society

Lemonade stand raises funds: Ben and Jay Meier, 9 and 11, held a lemonade stand in their Dilworth neighborhood recently to raise money for the Humane Society. After making their own fliers and advertising to the neighbors, the stand raised $878.

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. Greg's is at 10915 Monroe Road, Matthews.

Volunteers needed : Jacob's Ladder Job Center needs volunteers to help 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. 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 N.C. 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 race is 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

Sponsor: 24 Hours of Booty recently announced that Caribou Coffee Company will be an official sponsor of the 10th annual cycling event presented by Levine Cancer Institute. Under the partnership, Caribou Coffee will be offering continuous tea and coffee during the event.

Barbecue: Team Carpe Diem, which is participating in the 24 Hours of Booty cycling event, will host 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. For any questions call 704-365-4417.

Brew 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. A portion of proceeds will benefit 24 Hours of Booty. 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. The charm costs $45 and can be purchased at the store, 4611 Sharon Road No. 100, or at the event July 29-30. Proceeds from the sale of each charm will benefit 24 Hours of Booty. For details email sueann@donaldhaack.com or call 704-365-4400.

Blood drive

Carolina Panthers: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas 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. Appointments are recommended. To make one, visit www.cbcc.us/donate and enter sponsor code "Panthers" or call 704-972-4733.

Student scholarship: Students who give blood in one of CBCC's four area donor centers - Charlotte, Gastonia, Monroe and Concord - in July will have the opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship for college. The student's name will be entered into a raffle once for every successful donation. Bring friends and family to increase your chances of winning.

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.

Friends of the Library

Book sale: The Friends of the York County Library book sale will be held July 28-30 at the First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 East White Street, Rock Hill. Thousands of books will be for sale, priced at $2 per inch measuring the height of the book stack. Opening night for Friends members will be 5-8 p.m. July 28. Memberships will be sold at the door, $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The sale will be open to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. July 29 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 30. All items will be half off on July 30. Details: www.yclibrary.org or 803-981-5837.

Golf tournament

Medical transportation: The Shepherd's Center East will hold a golf tournament fundraiser 8:30 a.m. Aug. 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. To register, call the SCE office at 704-338-1511.

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