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BALLANTYNE | wire 28 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE FALL 2016 Hotel Hosts Ballroom Dancing The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge hosted the first North Carolina open ballroom dancing competition this summer. Staged by Yusimi Cruz, owner of Banquet and Ballroom, the competition included "Best of the Carolinas," an amateur competition in which winners were selected based on the number of "Likes" on Facebook; a pro-am competition for age groups; and a professional show starring local couples, some of whom are world champions. All proceeds benefited Dance Trend Foundation, a charity run by Cruz that teaches people with disabilities how to dance. Julie Cole Tourney Raises $184,000 This year's Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic raised $184,000 for Bridge Hospice, the Women's Center of Bluffton Hospital in Findlay, Ohio, and the Julie Cole Junior Golf Fund, which supports the nonprofit kids' golf organization, First Tee. John Cook, an Ohio State University Hall of Famer who has won 11 PGA Tour events and 10 events on the Champions Tour, joined Cole to help with fundraising. Since its inception, the golf event has raised more than $2.5 million. Cole, a managing partner at Dana Rader Golf School, is a former LPGA touring pro. Tenants 'Color the Park' with Success Ballantyne Corporate Park achieved impressive results with its annual Color the Park Marker Drive, collecting 32,124 packs of markers, colored pencils and crayons for Classroom Central this summer. Classroom Central is a free store for teachers that supports more than 100,000 local children who need school supplies. Allegro Hosts Golf Invitational The Allegro Foundation's seventh annual golf invitational is Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Proceeds from The Allegro Invitational support programs for children with disabilities. The foundation will also hold its annual Ambassador's Ball, hosted by Felix Sabates, at Quail Hollow Country Club on Jan. 7, 2017. Info: Stephen Davis, 704-364-4063 or www.allegrofoundation.net. 5K/10K Races Honor Santos The Isabella Santos Foundation's 9th Annual 5K/10K Race for Kids Cancer and one-mile fun run are Saturday, Sept. 24, in Ballantyne Corporate Park. The events honor Isabella Santos, daughter of Ballantyne-area residents Erin and Stuart Santos, who died of neuroblastoma. MetLife is the lead sponsor again this year. Last year's event attracted more than 3,000 participants and raised more than $300,000, according to organizers. Registration and details: www.5kforkidscancer.com. 'Putt for Pups' Aids Others Project 2 Heal's fourth annual "Putt for Pups" golf fundraiser is Monday, Sept. 19, at Firethorne Country Club. All proceeds benefit Project 2 Heal's mission of providing service and companion dogs for children with special needs and wounded veterans. Details: www.project2heal.org. Big South Hosts Annual 5K The Big South Conference, an NCAA Division I league headquartered near Ballantyne, will host the seventh annual Big South 5K Road Race at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Blakeney Shopping Center. Participants will be treated to food, beverages, music and giveaways at the end of the race. Since 2010, the race has raised more than $113,000 for middle school athletic programs in Mecklenburg, Union, York and Lancaster counties. The event draws approximately 1,000 participants and coincides with the 10th annual Blakeney Boo! Bash fall festival immediately following the race. Details and registration: www.bigsouth5k.com. Photo courtesy of Beth Wade Photography