Lending a helping hand
for Life June 2
The American Cancer Society will hold
its 5th Annual Ballantyne Relay for Life
starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at
Ardrey Kell High School. Participants
will camp out near the school's track
with the goal of keeping at least one
team member on the track or path at all
times throughout the evening. Details:
Eberhardt Vies for
Woman of the Year
Amy Eberhardt, a
who is a 20-year
survivor of non-
phoma, is running
for the Charlotte
chapter of the
ety's 2017 Woman of the Year. The Man
and Woman of the Year campaign,
which runs from Thursday, March 23, to
Saturday, June 3, recognizes the man
and woman who have raised the most
money during that time. Info: www.
Sets Donation Record
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge raised
more than $10,500 to benefit Levine
Children's Hospital during its signature
holiday event, a display of homemade
gingerbread creations at the hotel.
Out of 45 entrants, Mariam Phil-
lips, Dao Nguyen and Doug Mellen won
the People's Choice Award for their
"Snowman School." Attendees voted
for their favorite creations with a mini-
mum donation of $1 to the hospital.
Shares the Warmth
Ballantyne Corporate Park and its
community partners collected more
than 1,680 coats to benefit Steve's
Coats for Kids during the Share the
Warmth Coat Drive in early January.
Blood Drive Raises
Awareness of HLH
Carlo Martinez, a partner in Hawthorne's
New York Pizza and Bar, and his wife,
Shirley Martinez, co-manager of the
restaurant's location at Robinson Farm in
Ballantyne, recently held a blood drive to
honor the memory of their daughter, Izzy.
Izzy was a 16-year-old Butler High student
who fell ill last year from a rare immune dis-
ease, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis,
or HLH, and passed away 13 days later.
The couple are now collecting
donations for a Butler scholarship
in Izzy's honor. To donate or help:
Teen Reach Partners
Teen Reach, a nonprofit founded by
Ballantyne resident Lisa Thornton, will
hold a Spirit Day and Teen Showcase in
partnership with the Charlotte Hornets on
Sunday, March 26. The Teen Reach mis-
sion is to inspire youth by loving, serving
and respecting themselves and others.
Tickets must be purchased through
Teen Reach. Info: www.teenreach.us.
Aids Food Rescue
City Barbeque hosted its first charitable
Pass the Pigs competition to support Food
Rescue, a nonprofit that helps organize
logistics for restaurants and other food-
service providers to deliver food to local
food banks. Details: www.citybbq.com.