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Giving back

Send information about your fund raising events to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Send information at least two weeks before the event.

Sandra's Second Wind

Golf Tournament Fundraiser: There will be a golf tournament starting at noon Sept. 10 at the Divide Golf Club, 6803 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews, to raise funds for the Children's Organ Transplant Association. The event is in honor of Sandra Cook, a Union County resident who is in need of a double lung transplant. To register, contact Jerry and Sharon Eichler at 704-821-2088, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Details: www.cotaforsandrac.com.

Charlotte Knights

School supplies drive: The Charlotte Knights and News 14 Carolina will collect school supplies prior to the team's 7:15 p.m. game Sept. 2. All items will be donated to classroom central. Items can be placed in bins in the plaza in front of the stadium. Details: 704-357-8071.

Operation Homefront

Freedom Run: Operation Homefront of North Carolina will hold the second annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk at Freedom Park on Sept. 3 to raise money for struggling military families. The organization provides emergency financial assistance to families of combat-deployed service members and returning wounded warriors. Volunteers and corporate sponsors are needed. Details: www.Freedom5kNC.org.

Jacob's Ladder

Poker Tournament: 7-11 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Ritz Carlton Uptown, 201 E. Trade St. There is a $60 buy-in for the Texas Hold 'em tournament. To register: www.jacobsladdercharlotte.org or 704-332-5822. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

Community Labor Day: Jacob's Ladder is calling the faith-based community and public to join the organization for its inaugural Jacob's Ladder Community Labor Day 100-by-100 on Sept. 2-5, to raise awareness and funds for Jacob's Ladder. The organization hopes to have 100 Charlotte houses of faith help spread the word about its services and donate at least $100 in support. For details, contact Elizabeth Hyland at 704-332-5822 or email ehyland@windstream.net.

The Cornwell Center

5K and Festival: The Big Red Shoe 5K and festival will take place 9 a.m. Sept. 10 on the grounds of the Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Details: www.cornwellcenter.org.

Donald Haack Diamonds

Food Drive: Donald Haack Diamonds will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Sept. 16 and 17. Customers can donate nonperishable food items at their store in SouthPark, 4611 Sharon Road. A percentage of any sales will also be donated to the food bank. For details, call 704-365-4400.

Blood drive

Pints for Pencils: For each blood donation in August and September, CBCC will donate $1 for school supplies to classroom central, which turns every dollar contributed into more than $7 in free school supplies for area students. Details: www.classroomcentral.org or www.cbcc.us.

Isabella Santos Foundation

5K for Kids Cancer: The fourth annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer Run will be 8 a.m. Sept. 24 in the Ballantyne Corporate Park, 13860 Ballantyne Corporate Place. The 5K is for walkers and runners and will include a fun run for kids. All proceeds will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation, which donates proceeds to selected charities. Details: www.isabellasantosfoundation.com.

Wesley Mancini Foundation

Grant Requirement Change: The Wesley Mancini Foundation has changed its grant application requirements. The foundation will now pick an annual theme that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community has a current need to address. The 2011 grant applications must fulfill the following requirements: Develop a project that will raise the profile of the LGBT community in front of a national audience during the Democratic National Convention in Sept. 2012 and partner with at least one non-LGBT organization to accomplish the grant's goals. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15. Call 704-335-5404, ext. 402, for information.

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