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Charlotte Bobcats

Shopping with the team: Seven kids from the Union County Department of Social Services Group Home were presented with free a shopping spree with Charlotte Bobcats players and cheerleaders a few days before Christmas.

The children met all the players and cheerleaders at the arena and were taken by bus to Target where they paired up with players and cheerleaders and were given $125 to spend on whatever they wanted. Twenty-nine other kids from around Charlotte also participated in the shopping spree.

Armed Forces Museum

Donations needed: The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas is seeking donations to fund the museum, which is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

The museum will honor all five branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. A tax-deductible minimum donation of $25 will purchase a founding membership to the museum. Each founding member will receive an enamel pin. The paver program allows patrons to purchase engraved granite pavers that will honor a loved one with a permanent placement on the museum walkway. Details: www.VisitAFMAC.org or call 704-661-6162.

24 Hours of Booty

Registration kickoff: The registration for the 2012 cancer charity cycling events, including the 11th annual 24 Hours of Booty, will kick off 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

All participants must register at www.24hoursofbooty.org. The annual charity, noncompetitive cycling event for all ages and cycling abilities is scheduled to roll on the "Booty Loop" in Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood, 7 p.m. July 27-7 p.m. July 28. To safely accommodate riders on the three-mile closed course, event registration will be capped at the first 1,200 registrants. To participate, each rider is required to pay a $65 registration fee and raise a minimum of $400 prior to the ride.

Cell phones for Soldiers

Ameriprise Financial drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is holding his annual used cell phone collection for Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The nonprofit organization collects and recycles used wireless phones with proceeds going to purchase prepaid phone cards for military families.

To donate, bring cell phones to Ameriprise Financial in Ballantyne Corporate Park - Ballantyne One Building, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300.

Details: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Outward Bound

Registration Open for Trail Run: Registration is open for the 2012 NC Outward Bound School's River Bound Race Series. Runners who register for the whole series by Jan. 1 will receive a reduced-price. The race series consists of four trail races March 10, May 19, July 21 and Sept. 22 all at the White Water Center. Registration and sponsorship proceeds fund scholarships for Charlotte youth, veterans and educators to enjoy Outward Bound adventures. Details: www.riverboundrace.com.

CBCC

Free photo session with donation: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently announced the expansion of their 'Families for Life' program in an effort to collect the additional platelets and O type red cells needed for local patients.

Now through Jan. 10, platelet donors who donate twice or type O donors will have an opportunity to receive a free individual or family photo session and an portrait. All donations must take place at one of CBCC's four donor centers.

Photo sessions will be provided by Fletcher & Fletcher Photography at the Charlotte donor center on Jan. 6 (noon - 8 p.m.), and Jan. 8, 28 and 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Space is limited to 150 photo sessions and donation appointments are required. For more information, contact Theresa at tanzelone@cbcc.us or 704-972-4729. Details: www.cbcc.us.

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