Twelve races to raise funds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — J.D. Lewis and his sons are taking to the streets in a fundraising 12K race to benefit their Twelve In Twelve Foundation on March 30 beginning at the U.S. Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

The immediate goal of the Twelve In Twelve Foundation is to raise awareness, funds and supplies for 12 of the organizations that the Lewis family worked with while on their record-breaking journey to all seven continents. Support is needed now to bring immediate relief to its projects in Rwanda, Thailand and Haiti. The Lewis family was named qnotes’ people of the year in 2012. For more on the family, their work and their worldwide trip, read these two stories online at and

On race day, a 1.2-mile fun run and Easter egg hunt will also take place.

Prior to the race, a launch party will be held on March 28, 7 p.m., at The Saloon, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Participants should be at the race site at 8 a.m. for registration. The 12K race begins at 9 a.m., with the fun run/walk/bunny hop at 11:30 a.m. Hunt for Easter eggs at 12:30 p.m.

Registration fee is $50 for the 12K, $25 for the fun run and Easter egg hunt. To register, visit

Race registration includes a T-shirt, gift bag and raffle tickets for door prizes and entrance into the Whitewater center.

Fun run/hop registration includes a gift bag for children and Easter egg search, plus raffle prizes which include parking and entrance to the Whitewater center.


Farewell party slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth has announced that a “Pretty in Pink Farewell to Laurie” will be held on March 22 at 1900 The Plaza. Laurie Pitts, director of programs and services, is leaving to assume another position.

A drop in and hang out begins the festivities from 3-6:30 p.m., followed by a pot luck dinner from 6:30-7:15 p.m. A variety show begins at 7:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink or orange — Pitts’ favorite colors.


Batter up for softball season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Softball Association’s Charlotte Softball League will hold its pre-season clinics on March 24 and April 7 at 2 p.m. at Revolution Park, 2425 Barringer Dr.

New players to the association must attend a minimum of at least one clinic, but all players, both returning and new, are encouraged to be part of both.

Registration is available online. Fee is $40 per player and must be paid prior to hitting the field for the first game on April 14 at 2 p.m.


Wise songs brought by chorus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus, along with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will present its “Songs of Wisdom & More” concert on April 6, 7:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.

Choral and organ works by British composers and “Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle” will be featured during the concert. “Turtle” is a children’s story with a message about peace and will be narrated by Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield.

A special children’s show will precede the main event at 6:45 p.m., as well as a craft show at 1 p.m. and family matinee at 2 p.m. The matinee is free to families with children and supervised groups and churches.


Walk teams forming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AIDS Walk 2013 to benefit the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) is slated for May 4 from Gateway Village Atrium, 800 W. Trade St.

Already individuals and teams have begun to raise monies for this annual fundraising event. Goal this year is $175,000.

In its 17th year, it is the largest HIV awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. Organizers expect close to 3,000 to walk the two-mile route through historic Fourth Ward.

Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by morning programs and awards. Participants hit the streets at 10 a.m., with closing ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m.

Awards are recognition will be presented. Those are Top Community Fundraising Team, Top Corporate Fundraising Team, Top Congregational Fundraising Team, Jordan Mitzel Award for Top Individual Fundraiser, Best Youth Team and Glam Squad Award for Best Team Spirit.

Matching gifts will be made by numerous companies and are listed online. Incentive programs are also available for participants.

Registration, along with toolkits and other valuable resources can be accessed through RAIN’s website.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.