South Charlotte

Giving back

Send your charity event announcements to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send events at least two weeks in advance.

Matthews HELP Center

Pantry Items Needed: The Matthews HELP Center is in need of supplies.

The Matthews Branch Library and Matthews town hall, 230 Matthews Station St., will be a collection point to gather items including: Ziploc bags, fruit juices, pudding cups, cereal, boxed jello, cereal bars, powdered milk spaghetti, ramen noodles, crackers, cornmeal, instant grits, rice, and toiletries. Details: 704-416-5000 or www.matthewshelpcenter.org.

Soldiers and Families

Golf Fundraiser: There will be a Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Pine Island Country Club, 1701 Stoneyridge Dr. Player fees are $108 and include green fee, cart, use of range and practice balls, sleeve of balls, gift bag, box lunch, beverages and a cookout after play. All proceeds go to the Griffon Association for Soldiers and their families. Visit www.thegriffon108.com or www.pineisland.com.

YBM Leadership Alliance

Evening of Excellence: Charlotte's Young Black Men Leadership Alliance will celebrate young black men at their second annual "Evening of Excellence" gala 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 1 at Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Tickets are $75 per person and can only be purchased in advance at ybmgala.eventbrite.com. Semi-formal attire is suggested. For details, visit www.ybmleadership.com.

Down Syndrome Association

Buddy Walk: The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte will hold its annual Buddy Walk 2-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Freedom Park.

Pre-walk festivities and registration begins at 2 p.m., followed by a stroller-friendly, one-mile walk around Freedom Park's pond. The celebration includes food, arts and crafts, bounce houses, music, face painting, roaming entertainers and more. Register by visiting dsac.kintera.org or www.dsacnc.org.

Teen Health Connection

Advisory Board Applications: Teen Health Connection is re-launching the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), designed to fulfill many roles including consultation on THC initiatives, outreach efforts, special development and community service projects. TAB memberships last for one year. Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year are due Oct. 3 by 5 p.m. To apply you must be between 11 and 22 years old. Visit www.teenhealthconnection.org.

Anuvia Award Luncheon: Libby Safrit, executive director of Teen Health Connection, will be recognized for outstanding contributions to preventing and treating alcohol and drug abuse at this year's Anuvia Awards Luncheon. Safrit will be given The Martha Bedell Alexander Award.

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