2GNC Community Connections

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June 24th
3:00 PM-9:00 PM

Paddle & Potluck with Martha Bassett

Are you ready for the next paddle on the Yadkin Riverkeeper that features a summer of family paddling adventures on the Yadkin River? Join us on Sunday, June 24, from 3-9PM for the Paddle and Potluck. The 9-mile paddle ends with a festive potluck supper and music by Martha Bassett who sings a range of songs from bluegrass to rock.  For more information, visit YadkinRiverkeeper.org. All paddlers must register.

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Jun 30, 2018
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T.J. Dunaway Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game

The Humbled initiative a North Carolina founded Non-Profit announced that on June 30,

2017 they will be hosting a Celebrity Basketball Game sponsored by SpokeHub and A Plus Test Prep, which will be hosted at Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. at 12 p.m. and will end at 5 p.m. The event will include two games, the first game will consist of the surrounding areas first responders vs. high school athletes from the surrounding areas which include Wake, Knightdale, Durham, Cary, & Chapel Hill. The main event will be the Celebrity basketball game.

 

The event will consist of food, giveaways, entertainment, and more. The Celebrity basketball event will be the driving force to the funding of the T.J. Dunaway Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to help alleviate the financial burden students and their families often incur as the students transition to college. The event will consist of food, giveaways, entertainment, and more.

The highlighted celebrities for the event will consist of:

 

 

* 8th Wonder And1 Legend

* PosterBoy Streetball Legend

* Hugh Thornton Ex-NFL Atlanta Falcon

* Lenjo Kilo Professional Basketball Player

* Joshua Gunn Rapper

 

 

The late T.J. Dunaway is the friend and family member of David Garvin Jr., the Co-Founder of The Humbled Initiative. T.J. was known for his smile, his loving personality, and the strength that he showed through his fight with cancer. It is the hope of the Humbled Initiative that T.J.'s legacy will be passed on through his annual scholarship, game, and most importantly the recipients. The T.J. Dunaway Summer Classic tickets can be purchased at www.DunawayClassic.com. There are early bird specials along with VIP tickets available now. If you are interested in being a vendor, or volunteer you will be able to find that information on the Dunaway classic website.

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July 21st
12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery Paddle

This summer, KZL is proud to support the Yadkin Riverkeeper TOUR’s series of family paddling adventures on the Yadkin River. The paddle on Saturday, July 21, from 12-5PM is perfect for families because you only paddle a short 6.8 miles through Elkin that is considered one of the most beautiful small towns in America. Then join us for a party at Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery. For more information, visit YadkinRiverkeeper.org. All paddlers must register.

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July 21st
5:30 PM-11:00 PM

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Battle of the Past "Elements of Fashion and Beauty" NP

This year we aspire to use our fashion show, "Fashion and Elements of Beauty", as a vehicle to challenge traditional stereotypes about what defines beautiful. We are working to raise funds to expand our outreach by purchasing and transforming a Ford E450 22 passenger van, or similar vehicle, into a Fashion Mobile. We desire to install a resource wall containing national and local domestic violence literature. It would enable us to further our core goal of raising awareness regarding topics pertaining to healthy families and relationships. We want to expand the conversation and hopefully transform America's love language in this regard.

Showtimes 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:30 pm

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August 25th
7:30 AM-11:30 AM

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Kirkwood 5K

The Kirkwood 5K is a family focused run/walk/push designed to get the entire community involved! Our flat course is nestled in the cozy, neighborhood streets of Kirkwood and promises to be a FAST, easy, and refreshing 5K. All proceeds for the 2018 K5K will benefit BackPack Beginnings.

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August 25th
11:00 AM-5:00 PM

1075 KZL Paddle ate Childress Vineyards

 

Are you looking for some family fun in August? Join me for the KZL Paddle at Childress Vineyards! It is the final stop on this year’s Yadkin Riverkeeper TOUR and a fundraiser for the organization that works to keep our drinking water clean. It also is the year’s biggest, and most fun event on the water. On Saturday, August 25, from 11AM-5PM, everyone takes to the Yadkin River above Childress Vineyards; then paddles back to the Vineyard for food, beverages, music and fun for the whole family. KZL’s Josie will be there! So, sign up early because this paddle always sells out! For more information, visit YadkinRiverkeeper.org. All paddlers must register.

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May 11th - August 31st
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Why local patients need your help this summer

There is a critical need for blood and platelets that could impact patient care in hospitals across the country this summer. Locally, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) – primary blood supplier to 27 of the region’s hospitals – faces a similar need. 

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas supplies more than 400 blood products each day to local hospitals to meet the life threatening needs of patients being treated for cancer, coronary bypass and valve surgeries, organ and stem cell transplant, leukemia, sickle cell disease and trauma.

  • High school students account for approximately 25 percent of CBCC’s donor base. When schools let out for summer, blood donations take a significant hit.
  • Many donors are away on vacation.
    • Often, vacation plans include visiting areas that make people ineligible to donate blood for a period of time – usually a full year – from their return date. That means vacations can affect the blood supply even beyond the summer months.
  • Hot summer temperatures make collecting blood more challenging. Keeping a Bloodmobile at a cool 68 degrees when it is in the 80s and 90s outside can be difficult.

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Locally, we have seen a 15% increase in the demand for blood this year over last.

  • One contributing factor is the high-quality healthcare and leading physicians in our local hospitals. More patients are coming here for their treatment, especially cancer and sickle cell patients.
  • Even with the high-quality healthcare and leading physicians, many times the only thing that can save a patient’s life is blood, and that can only come from volunteer blood donors.

To compound the increase in demand, over the last years many factors have contributed to a decrease in eligible donors:

  • There is a declining donor base due to our aging population. In 2000, 45.8 million Americans were 60+. That number continues to grow each year. In 2030, it is expected to be 92.2 million – a 201% increase.
    • Although there is no upper age limit to donating blood, health conditions and certain medications that become more common as you get older can preclude individuals from being able to donate blood.
    • Instead of 38% of the population being able to donate at any given time, it is more like 35%, and still less than 10% of the 35% actually donate.
  • Changes in rules and regulations for the industry by FDA.
    • For example, increased hemoglobin requirement for males. Changing the required level from 12.5 to 13.0 has resulted in a 3.5-5% increase in deferrals.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is asking companies and organizations throughout Charlotte and the surrounding areas to host a community blood drive. It is also urging all healthy donors to donate blood at its donation centers or at a mobile drive.  To host a blood drive or to make an appointment at any center or mobile drive, visit www.cbcc.us or call 1-888-59BLOOD. 

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September 8th
7:30 AM-11:30 AM

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2018 maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk

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Join us for the 2nd Annual maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk on September 8, 2018 at Country Park/Jaycee Park in Greensboro to honor service members and first responders from the past, present, and future. All proceeds will support the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.

Enjoy the opening tribute ceremony and your choice of a 5K run or 2.5K walk, followed by an awards ceremony, a variety of silent auction items, 50/50 Raffle, food, and more! You’ll also be able to meet and visit with some of our service dog teams! Strollers and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome!

 

REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES

Register at www.maCares.racewire.com. Online registration closes September 5th.

Early registration (through May 31st): $20 to Walk 2.5K and $25 to Run 5K (timed)

June 1st to September 4th: $25 to Walk 2.5K and $30 to Run 5K (timed)

Participants who register by August 6, 2018 are guaranteed a race shirt.

Late Registration on Race Day from 7:30am-8:40am: $30 to Walk 2.5K and $35 to Run 5K (timed).

 

LOCATION & PARKING

Location and parking will be available only at Jaycee Park at 3802 Jaycee Park Drive. The Run/Walk will start at the far end of the Jaycee Parking Lot.

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Sep 08, 2018
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2018 maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk

RACE INFO

Join us for the 2nd Annual maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk on September 8, 2018 at Country Park/Jaycee Park in Greensboro to honor service members and first responders from the past, present, and future. All proceeds will support the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.

 

Enjoy the opening tribute ceremony and your choice of a 5K run or 2.5K walk, followed by an awards ceremony, a variety of silent auction items, 50/50 Raffle, food, and more! You’ll also be able to meet and visit with some of our service dog teams! Strollers and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome!

 

REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES

Register at www.maCares.racewire.com. Online registration closes September 5th.

Early registration (through May 31st): $20 to Walk 2.5K and $25 to Run 5K (timed)

June 1st to September 4th: $25 to Walk 2.5K and $30 to Run 5K (timed)

Participants who register by August 6, 2018 are guaranteed a race shirt.

Late Registration on Race Day from 7:30am-8:40am: $30 to Walk 2.5K and $35 to Run 5K (timed).

 

LOCATION & PARKING

Location and parking will be available only at Jaycee Park at 3802 Jaycee Park Drive. The Run/Walk will start at the far end of the Jaycee Parking Lot.