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RPO Inc.

Pink & Teal Brunch: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Rho Psi Omega Chapter's Non-profit organization RPO, Inc., held its first annual, "Pink & Teal Brunch" on Nov. 19. The event was held at Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway and featured a presentation highlighting cancer survivors. The ceremony began with young women from Marvin Ridge High School women's ensemble singing. Vice-President Kelley Eaves introduced the master of ceremonies Dr. Karla Robinson, a medical writer for Urban Housecall Magazine. She welcomed the guests and explained her passion for helping medically underserved citizens in the African American community. Four awards were presented. The Humanitarian awards, one for Gynecologic Cancers, went to Carin Ross-Johnson, the founder of Lydia's legacy of Charlotte. The second for Breast Cancer went to Penny Lauricella, from the Pretty in Pink foundation of Raleigh. The third award was a Champion's Award that went to Mary Keefe, a breast cancer nurse navigator from Presbyterian Hospital Cancer Center. The final award went to Dr. Cynthia Reynolds-Jamison of New Day Family Practice, Lancaster, S.C.

The King's Pajamas

PJs for Kids: Pam and Jim Dwyer of Mint Hill are coordinating the King's Pajamas fundraiser in collaboration with A Child's Place. Through Nov. 30, donate new, warm pajamas for underprivileged children. A Child's Place will distribute them during December. Donate new pajamas, sizes 5/6 through 14/16 at Independence High School, Butler High, Providence High, Piedmont High or Bain Elementary. Donations also can also be made to A Child's Place, 601 East 5th Street, Suite 230. For additional information, email hokeemom244@yahoo.com. A Child's Place, visit www.achildsplace.org.

Senior Event

Preventing Falls: Shepherd's Center East and Wilora Lake Lodge will hold an information session 10-11 a.m. Nov. 30 at Wilora Lake Lodge, 6053 Wilora Lake Road.

The session will address the leading cause of falls among seniors and how to prevent them. Light refreshments will be served. Call the Shepherd's Center East to RSVP by Nov. 28 at 704-338-1511.

Greyhound Friends

Pictures with Santa: Greyhound Friends of N.C. will hold a pictures with Santa event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Urban Pet in Park Road shopping center, 4149 Park Road.

Photos are $10 with all proceeds going to support Greyhound Friends of N.C. Details: www.greyhoundfriends.com. For questions, contact Lynda Montgomery at 704-392-7868.

Purchase for a Purpose

Santa Shops: The third annual Santa Shops: Purchase for a Purpose 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 at 1131 Scotland Avenue. Many vendors will be on location and each has pledged to donate 10-15 percent of sales to Bright Blessings, which provides birthday parties and more for homeless children. For details about Santa Shops, visit www.thesantashops.com and for information about Bright Blessings, visit www.birthdayblessings.org.

Toys for Tots

Ayrsley Toy Drive: The town of Ayrsley's annual Toys for Tots drive kicked off recently. Last year 917 toys were donated to needy children in the community; this year, they hope to raise more than 1,000. Drop off locations include Ayrsley Town Rehabilitation, Fintastic, Hilton Garden Inn, Pi Kappa Phi, Regus-Ayrsley, and Wild Wing Café. Locations outside of Ayrsley include Mac's Speed Shop off Steel Creek and South Boulevard, Scott Jaguar off Tyvola, The Dorchester an Independent Retirement Community in Pineville, and Carmel Place Independent Retirement Community off Carmel. Email Chris@ayrsleyrehab.com.

Arthritis Foundation

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: The 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 8 a.m. Dec. 3 at Blakeney Shopping Center off Rea Road and Ardrey Kell 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 eight-year-old Jenna Cunningham who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age four. To register as an individual, or to form or join a team, visit www.charlottejinglebellrun.kintera.org.

Ginger Snap 5K

Girls on the Run Benefit: Snap Fitness has joined forces with Girls on the Run in Union County to present the second annual GingerSnap 5K 8 a.m. Dec. 3 in downtown Waxhaw. Cost is $25 to run, with proceeds benefitting Girls on the Run of Union County, a nonprofit prevention program for girls in the third through eighth grade which combines running and healthy living education. Call 704-243-2935.

KinderMourn

Memorial Service: KinderMourn will hold a Children and Teen's memorial service 2-3:30 Dec. 4 at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church Ministry Center, 3016 Providence Road.

This is a special event during which grieving children, teens and family members join to honor the lives of loved ones who have died. RSVP to Judith Allen, 704-376-2580

Annual Holiday Memorial Service: KinderMourn will hold its annual holiday memorial service in partnership with Levine Children's Hospital 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. All bereaved parents are welcome. Each family is asked to bring a candle in a holder which they light form the KinderMourn candle in memory of their children. A nursery will be provided for younger children. For details, call KinderMourn at 704-376-2580.

CBCC

Puppies for Patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will kick off the 2011 holiday season with its annual Puppies for Patients program. Donors who give blood through Dec. 31 will be able to sign a tag attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. Groups interested in hosting a blood drive can call Kim Jones at 704-972-4727. CBCC donor centers are at 4447 South Blvd.; 363 Church Street N. Suite 170 in Concord; 2524 E. Franklin Blvd. Suite E in Gastonia; or 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe. Visit www.carolinablooddonation.org.

Deborah Williams also contributed to this article

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