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Giving back

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

Discovery Place

Complimentary outing: American Exhibitions, producer of Mummies of the World, and Discovery Place hosted a complimentary outing for more than 300 members of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte March 5.

The children had exclusive access to the exhibition after it closed to the public.

Multiple Sclerosis

Awareness week: Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx issued a proclamation declaring March 12-18 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

The disease affects more than 13,500 people in the Carolinas.

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking everyone to join the movement to end MS now.

To find out ways to join the movement, and encourage others to join, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct.

Turning Point

Annual Roast: Turning Point, the largest shelter for abused women and their children in this region, will celebrate the life of an individual who has sacrificed to build Union County's civic and business environment for the good of all each year.

This year's honoree at the annual roast is Angela Bower.

The event will be held 6 p.m. March 15 at Rolling Hills Country Club, 2722 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe.

The night will include live music, dinner and a raffle. Tickets are $125 per person and reservations for the formal event are necessary. Call 704-288-1811 or email becky@turntoday.net for reservations.

Love INC

Donations needed: Love In the Name of Christ acts as a "broker" that connects people with few resources who have unmet needs with volunteers from a network of more than 190 churches in Mecklenburg County.

They are in need of newborn baby items for the Baby Layette Ministry, toiletries and other essentials for the Essential Ministry, and working computers that can be refurbished for those who need them.

To learn more or to donate, call 704-536-5588 or visit www.loveinc-charlotte.org.

Opera Guild

Fashion fundraiser: Opera Guild Carolina will hold a fundraiser 11 a.m. March 15 at level two in Nordstrom, Southpark Mall.

There will be a fashion show that features dresses that can be worn for every occasion with just the change of accessories.

Tickets are $35 and seating is limited. Proceeds allow the Guild to support Opera Carolina, the Gild's young professional vocal competition and to further music education and interest in the opera.

To order tickets or for more information, call 704-543-1829.

Bechtler Museum

Museum benefit: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will host "Return to Modern: An Evening of an Era," a benefit for the museum, 7-11 p.m. March 23.

Proceeds will benefit all museum efforts including exhibitions, events, education and outreach programs. The event will celebrate the spirit of the late 1950s. Vintage modern cocktail attire encouraged.

Tickets are $150. For $250 tickets, guests are recognized in the event program and admitted into a pre-event reception. Tickets may be purchased at www.bechtler.org or by calling 704-353-9207.

Urban League

Awards Gala: The Urban League of Central Carolinas will celebrate their largest fundraiser, the annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala, 7 p.m. March 23 at the Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St.

The honorees are: Georgette Dixon, Tony Zeiss and Thomas Dortch Jr.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the 21st Century Jobs training programs offered by the Urban League of Central Carolinas.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.urbanleaguecc.org. Details: 704-373-2256 ext. 205 or visit the website.

CBCC

Teaming up with Ronald: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to host the second annual "Pint for a Night" campaign.

For each blood donation through April 30, CBCC will make a financial contribution to RMH of Charlotte.

The house is also hosting a blood drive with CBCC 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30. Details: www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

To learn more about the Ronald House, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.

Beds for Kids

Donations and volunteers needed: Beds for Kids, which provides beds, bedding and necessary furniture to children and their families who have none, is in need of volunteers and donations.

They currently need twin size bed kits. They also need small dressers and dining tables.

The best way to provide a bedding or furniture for children in need is by calling 980-422-1192 or visiting their website at www.bedsforkids.org.

The warehouse also needs volunteers Saturday mornings to organize donations, refurbish furniture and build bed kits. To volunteer, contact Brandon Holmes at 980-254-3921 or email him at bholmes@bedsforkids.org.

Make-A-Wish SC

Volunteers needed: There are more than 20 children in York, Chester, Lancaster and Chesterfield counties waiting for their wishes to come true through the South Carolina Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Volunteers are needed to help with wish-granting, office administrative support, special event planning, development and fundraising.

To learn about becoming a volunteer, visit www.sc.wish.org and click "Ways to Help" and then "Volunteer."

You may also contact Tiffany Howard at 843-853-7880 or toward@sc.wish.org.

Levine Children's Hospital

Run for children: Event Marketing Services, an affiliate of Run For Your Life, will host the ninth annual Shamrock 4 Miler four mile run 8 a.m. March 17 at StoneCrest at Piper Glen, 7824 Rea Road.

There also will be an Easter Bunny Hop post-race celebration 9 a.m.-noon including a bounce house, face painting, coffee and donuts with the Easter Bunny.

Registration for the four mile run is $20 through March 11; $15 for grades K-12. Prices go up as the date gets closer.

Details: www.runforyourlife.com or call 704-358-0717.

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