South Charlotte

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Make an Impact

$30,000 Donation: Make an Impact Foundation donated $30,000 to three local projects aimed at training service dogs for children, providing a safe therapy room for at-risk children, and putting 15 additional reading tutors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The foundations receiving the money were: Augustine Literacy Project, Project2Heal and Hope Ranch Project. www.makeanimpactnow.org.

Community Blood Center

Puppies for Patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has launched its 10th annual Puppies for Patients program.

Blood donors are encouraged to donate during the holiday season and sign gift tags that will then be attached to stuffed puppies and delivered to local hospitalized children. To find a blood drive near you and make a difference this holiday season, visit www.cbcc.us.

Beds for Kids

Turkey Dash: The Beds for Kids Turkey Dash will take place 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27, beginning at the parking lot of Village at Robinson Farms, on Williams Pond Road between Elm Lane and Rea Road.

There will be a 1-mile and a 4-mile run to help raise money to provide beds for the thousands of Charlotte children without beds to call their own. Registration starts at $35. Register or learn more at http://turkeydashcharlotte.com/race-info/. Learn more about Beds for Kids at www.bedsforkids.org.

Second Chance Christmas

Fundraising Party: Second Chance Christmas, Charlotte’s largest holiday party, will take place 7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 5 at Rooftop 210 in the Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St.

The party will benefit local children’s groups, hospitals and churches by donating thousands of toys. Cost is $40 with a new toy, or $60 without a toy. Entrance includes food, music and more. www.secondchancechristmas.org.

Safe Alliance

Holiday Store: Safe Alliance, which aids victims of abuse, needs donations for its annual holiday store that allows women and children to shop for one another free of charge.

To find a list of gift items, visit www.safealliance.org.

Donations may be dropped off by Dec. 10 at Sharma Oral Surgery, 12312 Copper Way, Suite 100. Last minute donations may be dropped off noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10-11, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Park Church Independence, 800 Briar Creek Road. People wishing to volunteer at the holiday store may call 704-367-2775 for information.

Jazz Arts Initiative

Piano Night: Charlotte’s nonprofit JazzArts Initiative will hold a special holiday music show: “Piano Night Featuring the Music of Vince Guaraldi,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Booth Playhouse at Founders Hall, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at www.carolinatix.org or by calling 704-372-1000 or at the door if available. There also will be a prereception and a silent auction 5:30-6:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.thejazzarts.org/.

Caroline Calouche & Co.

Fundraising show: Caroline Calouche & Co., the area’s only nonprofit dance and aerial arts company, will hold its annual production of “Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12, also 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tickets range from $20-$45 and will benefit the nonprofit’s educational and artistic projects. This family friendly show will offer a mix of dance and aerial entertainment. Purchase tickets at http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/claras-trip-a-nutcracker-story or at the Blumenthal box office. Learn more at www.carolinecalouche.org.

Charlotte Chorale

Fundraiser concert: The local nonprofit Charlotte Chorale “Christmas Traditions” concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.carolinatix.org. The group will also collect $1 donations at the concert for its “Buy a Biscuit” program to buy sausage biscuits for soldiers traveling through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on their way home for the holidays. Learn more at www.charlottechoraleinc.org.

Ballantyne Hotel

Gingerbread House Fundraiser: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will display gingerbread creations Dec. 11-28 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Attendees can vote on their favorite house for $1 per vote with proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

Masonic Lodge

Breakfast with Santa: The Meadow Branch Masonic Lodge will hold its annual breakfast with Santa fundraiser to benefit local charities 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 13 at the Lodge, 211 S. Stewart St., Wingate. Adult breakfast is $5 and children are free. Pictures are $5 for two 3x5 prints. Learn more by calling 704-345-3833.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Phone Drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial will hold his fourth annual Cell Phone for Soldiers drive to collect gently-used cell phones that will be donated to our troops. Phones can be donated Nov. 18-Dec. 31 at 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 302. To learn more, call Mark’s office at 704-944-2080.

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