Belk raises money for Birthday Blessings

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Pictured from left: John Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founder; Amy Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founder and volunteer executive director; Tim Belk; and Amy Lewis (Women's Leadership Network event organizer).

On Thursday, October 15, more than 150 Belk employees came together at its Charlotte corporate headquarters to celebrate the first anniversary of the company’s Women’s Leadership Network.  The event kicked off a corporate collection drive to benefit the programs of Birthday Blessings, a Mint Hill-based nonprofit that brings birthday joy and support to homeless children.  Belk and its employees donated a total of $2,500 in financial and product donations.

John and Amy Cervantes, Birthday Blessings co-founders, were recognized at the event for their volunteer efforts on behalf of homeless children and families.  John gave a brief presentation about the organization, and volunteers were on hand after the event to provide additional information and answer questions.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of Belk and its employees,” said Birthday Blessings volunteer executive director and co-founder, Amy Cervantes. Continue reading

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Saturday was a bazaar day in Mint Hill and Matthews

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Both Philadelphia Presbyterian Church and Levine Senior Center hosted bazaars on Saturday. The church bazaar was the 39th for the women of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church according to Susan Griffin. In addition to the bazaar, there was a breakfast,  chicken pot pie dinner, silent auction, and a yard sale on the front lawn of the church. The Levine Senior Center was taken over Saturday by the bazaar as cars overflowed the parking lot. They even had to have valet parking at one point. Books, quilts, crafts, raffles and baked goods were just some of the offerings during the day. Click the link below for photos of the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church bazaar. Continue reading

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Korean War Memorial could break ground soon

korean war mem1A representative of Lexington Blue Granite in Elberton Georgia met with Korean War Memorial committee members this week to go over details about the statues, columns and pavers for the memorial. The KWVA has raised more than $100,000 thus far and hopes to begin building in stages within 60 days. The group still needs to raise about $150,000.korean war mem2

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Matthews Help Center to celebrate 30 years of giving back to the community

Picture 1The Matthews Help Center will have its 30th anniversary celebration this Saturday, September 19 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will take place at its location at 119 North Ames Street in downtown Matthews.

There will be lots of inexpensive food including Hot Dogs – $1, Chips – $.50,  Drinks – $.50, Popcorn – $.50, Snow Cones – $1 and Cotton Candy – $1. Also be sure to visit the Backporch Treasures Thrift Shop which will be open for business with extended hours from 9 am – 3 pm.

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Mint Hill Rotary receives check for Flight of Honor trip

Tina Ross, Joe Epley, Gary Brown and George Linker.

George Linker (far right) and Joe Epley, representatives of the Wheeler James Chamber (Chap. VI) of the Special Forces Association, presented a check from the chapter for $1,100 to Gary Brown and Tina Ross Duke of the Mint Hill Rotary Club. The funds will go to the Flight of Honor program sponsored by the Rotary Clubs from Rotary district 7680.  The Rotarians from throughout the western Piedmont of North Carolina are chartering an air bus to take World War II veterans to Washington to view the WWII memorial.  The WWII vets do not have to  pay anything for the trip.  Most can’t afford it and many have  health problems that require someone to escort them.   Brown and Dennis Myers are going along as escorts.  The escorts pay their own way.

Brown served with Linker and Epley in Co B, 20th SFGA and was with SSG Wheeler James when he was accidentally killed  while on an unconventional warfare field training exercise in the Louisiana swamps in 1967.

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