Biggers rocks for a good cause at Levine Senior Center

The Mint Hill Times

Mayor Ted Biggers has been a supporter of the Levine Senior Center since it opened five years ago.

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers participated in the Levine Senior Center’s 3rd Annual Rock-a-thon this past Saturday. The Levine Senior Center raised more than $12,000 in this fundraising event. Ted Biggers, Jim Taylor (Matthew mayor) and Lynda Paxton (Stallings mayor) were challenged to see who would raise the most money for the center and be declared the “Mayor who Rocks”. Lynda Paxton was not able to attend so the challenge is between Ted Biggers and Jim Taylor. The winner of the challenge will be announced today.

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Organization that throws b-day parties for homeless children gets new name, location

This is the new layout of the Matthews location.

Birthday Blessings is getting a name change and a new local facility. The nonprofit organization which was started to provide birthday parties for homeless children, will become Bright Blessings USA and will move its headquarters to Matthews.
The name change was a “strategic decision by the organization and its Board of Directors with twofold purpose: To better convey the breadth of the nonprofit’s programs and services which have evolved significantly since its founding; and to provide a unique and trademarked brand for the planned official launch of the organization’s National Affiliate Network.”

“It’s amazing to see how the Charlotte community has wrapped itself around this organization, helping it grow to where it is today,” says Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director and co-founder. “John and I are constantly humbled by how much Bright Blessings has expanded and how many lives are being impacted as a result. Our community is truly remarkable.”

Amy and John are Mint Hill residents.

This spring the organization will open the doors to its new facility in Matthews, The Giving Village, a concept inspired by the nonprofit’s founding goal of providing relevant, hands-on volunteer opportunities for children—and people of all ages—in a safe, comfortable and uplifting environment. The nearly 4,000 square foot facility located at 608-A Matthews-Mint Hill Road will be home to the Bright Blessings programs and its supporting projects, and will host hundreds of volunteers and visitors monthly. Each aspect of the organization and its program services will be brought to life in the form of a small town operated by its “villagers”—a community of volunteers. Facility details and layout are available online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org

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Law firm donates computers to Habitat Matthews

Habitat Matthews and Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A.  have entered into a partnership that will net the non-profit 15 computers. Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A are getting a new set of 15 computers and will donate their few-years-old CPUs to Habitat. “The partners at the firm have a strong desire to keep the computers in the community, so they thought that Habitat and our families would be the perfect fit,” a press release from Habitat said.

Habitat also has hopes of expanding its ReStore and office, allowing them to serve more families and be a greater presence in the community. The computer donations from W, B & B would provide Habitat homeowners with computers at the office. In addition, they have agreed to letting affiliate sell the computers at a significantly discounted rate to families. As a result, the funds that Habitat raises can go directly back to our homebuilding program so they can provide for more families in the community.

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Queen’s Grant wins video contest


Queen’s Grant students created this video for Special Olympics last year as a project that coincided with Project Unify, a national project developed by U.S. Dept. of Education to activate young people around the country in fostering respectful behaviors and promoting dignity within their schools for all students. Continue reading

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Library teams with Neiman Marcus to raise funds

Librarians and high fashion will collide next weekend. The Charlotte Mecklenburg library is teaming with Neiman Marcus department store to raised funds via a raffle. The prizes—other than the satisfaction of donating to the library—include a stay at the Ritz Carlton hotel, a $500 gift card from Neiman Marcus, and a private wine tasting for 12 people. The library hopes to make $20,000 via the raffle.

Neiman Marcus chose Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as the charitable beneficiary for its Fashion’s Night Out event on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.  Winners of the raffle will be announced at the free event, but they do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased on-line by visiting www.cmlibrary.org/raffle. Tickets can also be purchased at the event or at any of the 20 library locations.

Interested in attending Fashion’s Night Out? Reserve your spot at the event by emailing RSVPCharlotte@NeimanMarcus.com.

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Birthday Blessings gets grant from Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Birthday Blessings is one of 13 charities which will adorn the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Samsung Helmet of Hope at Auto Club Speedway in October. Birthday Blessings was co-founded by Mint Hill residents John and Amy Cervantes, and provides birthday parties to homeless children. They also will also receive a $10,000 grant from the Johnson Foundation. The organization was nominated by Terri Springer of Matthews.

“Birthday Blessings is a fantastic nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless children,” explained Springer. “Birthday Blessings is a new charity (whose demand) keeps growing due to the economy. “I started volunteering in 2008 and since I began my family has been part of it too. Logan, my 10 year old, loves to go and help. He helps at some parties and watched as one boy blew out his candles. The boy didn’t know how to do it because he had never had candles on his cake before. Logan was very touched by that and hopes that all children can celebrate their birthdays. The organization not only provides smiles but gives the children a moment of normalcy in a time when it isn’t normal.”

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