South Charlotte

Giving back

Send your news about fundraising events to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com. Please send announcements at least two weeks in advance.

24 Hours of Booty

Top Fundraisers: Sandy Morgart and Terry Hennessee were recently honored by 24 Hours of Booty as two of the top fundraising teams for the 2011.

Morgart of Team Bank of America, and Hennessee of Team Carpe Diem, raised a combined $65,403. The money went to local cancer organizations.

As top fundraisers, they recently were invited to participate in several invitation-only events including dinner with Lance Armstrong at his home.

Hometown Heroes

Police Department Gives: On Nov. 5, a sizeable contribution from the Mint Hill Police Department was given to Hometown Heroes, which helps sick kids in the community. To learn more about Hometown Heroes, visit www.hometownheroesonline.org.

Classroom Central

Party in Your PJs: Instead of holding an expensive gala, Classroom Central encourages people to donate by holding drawings where donors can receive prizes including air travel, electronics, fine dining, family fun and other prizes.

When donating $50 or more to equip students with necessary school supplies, you will automatically be entered to win. The final drawing will be Nov. 19. Visit www.classroomcentral.org to watch video updates and see drawing winners.

Golf Tournament

Checkers Classic: The Charlotte Checkers' 10th annual Charity Golf Classic will take place Nov. 15 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation in Mint Hill.

Proceeds will benefit Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital, Teach for America and Discovery Place. Each team or individual registered will golf with a Charlotte Checkers player and have the opportunity to win prizes.

For more information, visit www.gocheckers.com.

KinderMourn

Getting Through the Holidays: There will be a panel of past KinderMourn parents hosting a discussion 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the KinderMourn Home, 1320 Harding Place.

The group will discuss ways to remember and honor children who died in the midst of the holiday season. RSVP to Jill Shipp at 704-364-1570.

Pilot Club of Charlotte

Love Lights: Pilot Club of Charlotte will hold its 33rd annual "Love Lights" event from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 around the Freedom Park lake.

Donations will benefit Pilot International Foundation and Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund. Thousands of luminarias will be lit. To have luminarias lit in honor or memory of a loved one, send your donation to Pilot International Foundation, 2419 Hatherly Road, Charlotte, 28209. Include name(s) to be printed on each luminaria and indicate "in memory" or "in honor." Please include your name and address and the name/address for acknowledgement.

Details: call Kay Dumas at 704-814-4567.

Matthews United Methodist

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: The eighth annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the church, 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

There will be more than 70 vendors and a "Sugar & Spice Bakery" for holiday desserts. The "Extravaganza Eatery" will offer breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by Prime Time Adults Senior Ministries, proceeds will support local area missions. Admission and parking are free. Visit www.matthewsumc.org or call 704-815-1917 for details.

Hearts for Hearing

Donations Needed: The Rotary Foundation is collecting hearing aids to help with the hearing needs in developing countries.

Hearts for Hearing has frequently partnered with the Rotary Foundation, which will go to Puerta Plata in January to help children with hearing impairment. Donate still-functioning behind-the-ear hearing aids and all in-the-ear types through November. Donations can be made at Hearing Solution Center, 6201 Fairview Road, Suite 200.

Arthritis Foundation

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: The 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be 8 a.m. Dec. 3 at Blakeney Shopping Center off Rea Road and Ardrey Kell.

The event will include a 5k run, a one-mile fun run/walk and activities for the whole family. There will be nearly 100 Jingle Bell Runs for Arthritis nationwide with more than 50,000 participants.

This year's Charlotte hero is 8-year-old Jenna Cunningham who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age four. Seventy-six cents of every dollar raised will go to research to help find a cure for children and adults affected by this disease. To register as an individual, or to form or join a team, visit www.charlottejinglebellrun.kintera.org.

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