South Charlotte

Giving back

Send your fund raising news to llbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send notices at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Ballantyne Village

Booster club fundraiser: Ballantyne Village's Mix at Six, a seasonal music series, raised nearly $1,700 for the Ardrey Kell Booster Club. All proceeds from VIP ticket sales were given as a donation to the fund. The school's band program is one of the largest in CMS with more than 250 students participating in marching band and color guard, jazz band and three concert performance bands and relies solely on fundraisers.

Disaster Aid

Student collects items: Madison Martin, a rising junior at Marvin Ridge High, is holding a fundraiser as part of the IB Programme's service hour requirement. She is collecting items for the homeless 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. 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. She plans to send the items to the disaster relief shelters in early August. If you would like to donate, contact Martin at 704-843-2939 or email martinusaf14@aol.com.

Farrier Assistance: Jeff Crane of Waxhaw, a Certified Journeyman Farrier and a member of the American Farrier Association is raising money for a fellow horseshoer who lost his home in Alabama in the spring tornadoes. Sponsored by the South Carolina Farrier Association, donations to help the family in need can be sent to S.C. Farriers' Assn. P.O. Box 116, Monetta, S.C., 29105. Make checks payable to SCFA.

Volunteers needed

Signature event: Jacob's Ladder Job Center needs volunteers for their fall event to raise funds necessary for 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. Please contact Cay'me Jones at cayme@jacobsladdercharlotte.org or 704-714-4051 ext. 1001. You can also visit www.jacobsladdercharlotte.org.

24 Hours of Booty

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 No. 100, or at the event July 29-30. For details email sueann@donaldhaack.com or call 704-365-4400.

Blood drive

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.

Medical Mission Trip

Benefit: A benefit will be held 6 p.m. July 28 at Myers Park Country Club, 2415 Roswell Ave., to support a medical mission trip to Africa. That trip will take place Sept. 10-17. Several members of Charlotte's medical community will lead an orthopedic medical mission to Nigeria and will perform approximately 50 procedures during the mission. Cost is $130 per person and can be purchased at the door or at www.eventbrite.com.

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