One More Neighborhood builds first home in subdivision

HUNTERSVILLE – One More Neighborhood dedicated its first lease-to-own home May 24 in the Huntington Green community.

The nonprofit handed over the keys to Jose Martinez and Dora Arias and their four children, who have lived in the neighborhood for 13 years. About 50 people attended the celebration, including neighbors, OMN volunteers, and Town Commissioner Sarah McAulay.

One More Neighborhood has been an independent charity for three years with the vision of helping revitalize under-resourced communities economically and spiritually through faith-based service programs and social enterprise opportunities, one neighborhood at a time.

Community development experts say one of the key metrics for a healthy neighborhood is the number of homeowners versus renters.

OMN has bought five more properties in the Huntington Green neighborhood and will begin raising money to build additional homes as soon as possible. Priority goes to families already living in Huntington Green who will participate in a Neighborhood Association and Block Watch program.

Members of Lake Forest raised $70,000 for property purchases and supplied volunteers to complete the home. OMN is creating a partnership program for other churches and businesses in the Lake Norman area to get involved.

“Our vision is much more than just building homes and buildings, it’s really about building long-lasting relationships,” Executive Director Earl Runcan said.

Details: Earl Runcan,, 704-948-3232, ext. 234, or


Curry Celebrity Classic raises money for Ada Jenkins

DAVIDSON – Dell and Stephen Curry are combining their passion for golf and love of community through the fifth annual Curry Celebrity Classic.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center.

Each team will be comprised of three amateur golfers and one celebrity. In addition to Dell and Stephen Curry, celebrities include Muggsy Bogues, Bimbo Coles, Phil Crosby, Kasey Kahne, JJ Reddick, Eugene Robinson, Tony Womack and local sportscaster and TV personalities.

People can participate as player or sponsor.

The tournament will be June 16 at River Run Golf Club. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with player arrival no later than 11 a.m.

Boxed lunches will be provided on carts. Following play, dinner and an awards reception will be held in the ballroom. Mulligans and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.


Community in Christ Lutheran sponsors golf tournament

CORNELIUS – Community in Christ Lutheran will sponsor its annual golf tournament to raise money for the youth mission trip to Puerto Rico. A Kindle Fire will be raffled at the tournament.

Fox & Hound will provide lunch. Snacks and drinks will be delivered to golf carts by the youth, and there will be a banquet at the end of the night.

The tournament will be held June 9 at North Stone Country Club. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shot gun start. There is a $125 entry fee.

Hole and team sponsorships are available. Raffle tickets cost $5.

Sign up brochures are available at (under the news and events tab) or by contacting Victoria Norton at


Gethsemane Baptist honors pastor’s decade of service

DAVIDSON – The congregation of Gethsemane Baptist Church will celebrate the 10th year of ministry for Ernest Jeffries and his family. Enjoy an atmosphere of joyous praise.

The gathering will be held at 3:30 p.m. June 8 at the church, 565 Jetton St.

Details: 704-892-1635.


SouthLake Christian students’ 5K benefits food bank

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy juniors Alison Geis of Huntersville and Zach Ballard  of Denver presented a check for $1,600 to Second Harvest Food Bank on May 16 at the school.

The students raised the money through a Will Run for Food 5K on the campus of SouthLake. More than 50 runners participated in the event, which was held on March 22.


DUMC Counseling Center offers support group for teens

DAVIDSON – The Davidson United Methodist Counseling Center will offer another Teens Helping Teens group, offering a safe, confidential environment for teens ages 13-18.

The eight-week program convenes 7-8 p.m. Mondays, beginning June 2, at the Counseling Center, 233 S. Main St.

RSVP to Christine Wisdom, at 704-892-6135. 


Blood center announces June drives

CHARLOTTE – Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has organized several blood drives in the Lake Norman area. 

They are as follows:

• June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Piedmont Community College – Merancas, 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. Donors get a free shirt.

• June 14, 1-4 p.m., Keffer Volkswagen, 13651 Statesville Road, Huntersville.

• June 15, 2-6 p.m., Regal Theaters - Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• June 16, 5-7 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius.

• June 27, 3-7 p.m., Regal Theaters - Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville, Donors get a free movie ticket.  

• June 29, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 

Find more drives at