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Old Bags Luncheon

Patriot Charities hosted the first Old Bags Luncheon on May 23 at the Peninsula Clubin Cornelius. The trademarked event has been held in New York City, Los Angelesand other cities across the country. The event exceeded its goal of $100,000.More than 300 people attended the luncheon and participated in the large silentauction. The auction featured many new and gently used designer handbags, jewelry,designer shoes and other premium items.The auction items were donated by a varietyof vendors and individuals, including Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Coach,Kate Spade and Dillard’s. The Patriot Charities is a nonprofi t thatraises money to assist local programs and nonprofi ts in the Carolinas concerningwounded military and their families. Since 2006, the Patriot Charities has aided in thefunding of more than 15 local wounded warrior programs.


Giving Them Hope - Annual Luncheon

The 5th Annual Giving Them Hope Luncheon was held on May 14 at The Cove Church in Mooresville.Barium Springs organizes this one hour program each year to educate the morethan 375 guests about their mission and successes. Barium Springs is a well-known and longstandingestablishment in North Carolina—providingsuffering children and families with a place of refuge as well as an array ofservices including: therapies, schooling, daycare, foster care services, andmore.


Ivory Layne releases EP with party at the palace

Denver resident andSouthLake Christian Academy senior Hannah Rhyne performs as Ivory Layne at her"Volume One" EP release party May 10 at the Cornelius Theatre. Layne performed for two sold-out crowds. Shedescribes her music as "quirky" and "different" as sheblends together thoughtful lyrics of the folk-music genre with the melodies ofpop music. "Volume One" consists of five songs Laynewrote and co-produced with Franklin, Tenn.-based music producer Ed Cash. Sheplans to release "Volume Two" later this year. Her album is available on iTunes and website is More than 4,800 people are followingher on Twitter, @ivorylayne. Read more about Ivory Layne at


Duke Energy Merit Badge Encampment

About 500 Boy Scouts from24 area troops participated in the 25th annual Boy Scout Encampment on May10-11 at McGuire Nuclear Station. Scouts spent the night on the EnergyExploriumlawn and took part various merit badge classes on May 11. Scouts could choose from 20 class topics, including nuclear science, aviation, communications, railroading andmusic. On May 10, there was a short ceremony celebratingthe partnership between Duke Energy and the Boys Scouts that has allowedthousands of boys to learn from professionals from different fields and beexposed to potential career options.


Davidson Town Day 2013

This year was marked the 42nd annual Davidson Town Day. Visitors enjoyed games, a bicycle tune-up station and obstacle course by The Spirited Cyclist, booths featuring Davidson organizations and businesses, as well as entertainment and food trucks. The Davidson Police Department will be registered dogs, cats and ferrets with proof of rabies inoculation, and will be educated citizens on pedestrian and driver safety. 


Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party

Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman hosted their 13th annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party at The Peninsula Club on May 4. More than 200 guests enjoyed the festivities and participated in bidding for silent and live auction items. Approximately 190 tickets sold for the event, which raised more than $59,000 in conjunction with the silent auction, live auction and “raise your paddles.” The event is held each year to raise awareness and money for hospice care in the community. Care teams provide extraordinary end-of-life care to patients at the place they call home – whether in their own home, a hospital, or long-term care community. And when a greater level of care is required, Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville is available for them.


Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race and Asian Festival

Though the chilly weather kept many recreational boaters off the lake, it didn’t stop the 38 teams in this year’s Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race from competing. The boat race was part of this year’s Asian Festival, which took place May 4 at Ramsey Creek Park.The festivals were hosted by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and included the Miss Asia Carolinas pageant with 23 contestants, cultural performances and traditional Asian food and crafts.


An Evening for Dove House

The 12th Annual Evening for Dove House was held Saturday, April 20 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. Restaurant Row served cuisine from more than a dozen of the area's best restaurants. Hundreds of items were donated for both the silent and a live auctions. The live auction was run by Larry Sprinkle of NBC 6. 


Taste Of Art Wine Gala

Community Arts Project - Community Arts Project (CAP) in partnership with Fresh Market in Cornelius held the fourth annual Taste of Art Wine Gala on April 11. Food and paired wines were provided by Fresh Market for guests as they browsed the art created by local artists and CAP instructors. All art was on display for the silent auction. Local chef from Fox News Rising, Troy Gagliardo was apart of the evening’s festivities, along with a raffle. Fresh Market has been the exclusive partner for this event and CAP since its opening several years ago. 


Photo gallery for Hopewell High Schools Junior ROTC

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High School’s Junior ROTC has proven itself a force to be reckoned with in the classroom and on the field.Not only does the group boast a 100 percent graduation rate and impressive grade point averages, they also hope to claim the top prize this year at the CMS Superintendent’s Cup competition at Bojangles Coliseum on April 18. Pictures are from this year's competition and from a ramp build the cadets did for Mrs. Julian. Photos courtesy of Hopewell High Junior ROTC and Jeff Greenberg. Special thanks to Catherine Greenberg, Michelle Wirth and 1st Sergeant Daniel Ferriero.


Connor Houses Bossom Buddies

 More than 250 guests, includingparents, fraternity members, other Davidson College eating housemembers, and members of the Davidson community attended the BosomBuddies Gala on Saturday, March 23. Members of Davidson College’s ConnorHouse volunteered their time as servers or set-up and clean-up crewsfor the event. This year’s fundraiser netted morethan $70,000 for, a nonprofit devoted solely to finding abiological test for early detection of breast cancer. In the past 10 years, Connor House hasraised more than $425,000 for the group, funding more than 10 $40,000research grants. photos by Stacie Mounts 


Musical Minds Violin Reveal

A few months ago, the children of Musical Minds were learning the fundamentals of musical rhythm on buckets.Now, thanks to a financial donation from the Davidson United Methodist Church and help from their minister of music and worship, Kevin Turner, the 25 Blythe Elementary School students each have their own violin.Once the students get to a certain skill level, they will be able to take their violins home.Frank Albert, owner of Davidson Violins, helped with tuning and repair of the violins and will be teaching classes along with Jennifer Worsham of the Lake Norman Symphony.


Dinner with Playwright and Davidson Community Players

Margaret Edson, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of the play Wit joined donors and patrons of Davidson Community Players prior to the March 9 production of Wit for dinner at Campania Restaurant in Davidson. Ms. Edson, a school teacher in Atlanta, attended the Broadway revival of Wit in 2012 which was nominated for several Tony awards. As a tremendous supporter of community theaters across the nation she agreed to attend this local production and share her thoughts on the play.


Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club held its pancake breakfast March 2 at First Baptist Church in Huntersville off North Old Statesville Road.The event attracted roughly 400 people and raised $3,400, according to Kiwanis Club Secretary Pat Jackson.The money raised from the event will benefit local organizations. Jackson said the Ada Jenkins Center will receive a check for about $2,200 of the proceeds on March 21.The remainder will be split up among several organizations.