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FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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rivent Community Greater Charlotte of rivent Financial and Project 658 are partnering with Operation Warm to provide warm coats to underprivileged youth. At Merry Oaks Elementary, a Title 1 School in Charlotte, new warm coats are a luxury that the students' families simply cannot afford when faced with paying other necessary bills, such as rent and utilities. With your help, these 750 young students will be wrapped in love with a warm coat to wear to school this winter. Give the gi of a new coat to students at Merry Oaks Elementary. Visit: and donate today. Wrapped In Love Partner with rivent Financial and Project 658 to Give Coats to Charlotte Kids Who Need em Most. his successor, Ed Driggs. The coffee chats can lean to the conservative side since Driggs is a Republican. But he says he makes a concerted effort to balance the discussion. "I try to keep it informational yet not get too deep into political viewpoints," he says. "We'll have participants from both parties, though it's predominantly conservative. Everyone is welcome for sure." Driggs posts his agenda on his Facebook page by Thursday night and brings to the weekly gathering a binder of printouts and Above: James Van Meerten contemplates ideas presented at the meeting. Below: Vito Catanese (right) enjoys exchanging information with fellow attendees. 44 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE FALL 2016 BALLANTYNE | feature

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