MFLCF Casino Night at the Peninsula Country Club, Cornelius, was a night of fun and excitement as they raised money to help build homes for five wounded warriors and their families in Denver, NC. The proceeds will be used for the homes being built by five local charities and you can learn more about each of them at www.555Charity.org. The event provided heavy hors d'oevres, drinks, and gambling fun and all for a great cause. Hosted by Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
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Mad Monster Party - Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention (access to celebrities, maybe people in costumes) William Shatner, John Schnider, and Henry Winkler are among the celebrities photographed at this unique and fun convention that was held at the University Hilton. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center held their 1st Annual Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser, at The Pearl in Cornelius, on March 1, 2014 and raised over $49,000! The event featured local craft beers and live music from the Charlotte based band, the Holdouts. The high energy evening was emceed by local radio and television host Ramona Holloway. Gourmet treats were prepared and generously subsidized by Armin’s Catering. Funds raised at the event will go toward services to assist children and families affected by sexual abuse. For more information on how you can become involved with this great cause visit: www.patsplaceac.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Rachael Dyl, a senior at Cannon School is hosted “An Evening with the Beatles,” at River Run Country Club to benefit Musical Minds. The evening featured music from jazz to classical and was performed by local and international performers. Food, drinks, a live auction and local art were all part of the event. Rachael’s goal is to give kids in the area the opportunity to have music affect their lives by providing structure, focus and freedom of expression. For information about how you can help, visit www.musicalmindsnc.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.
The Lake Norman Conservatives met at Fox and Hound in Birkdale. The group has interesting speakers and help others to learn about issues impacting our region, state and nation. This particular meeting featured Karen & Billy Vaughn. They discussed Extortion 17 and are parents of the late Aaron Vaughn, a Navy Seal who died in the plane crash while on a mission coded Extortion 17. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Wendy's is hosted their 1st Annual "Celebrities and Strikes" Bowling Fundraiser at Strike City located in the EpiCentre Charlotte. All proceeds benefit The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each bowling team was paired with a local celebrity. This family friendly fundraiser included a bowling tournament, corn hole tournament, DJ Bryon, live music by Aswan North “Lead singer of Paper Tongues”, celebrity autograph sessions, balloon artist for the kids, and a huge silent auction. A GREAT event. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
The Lake Norman Chamber held their Monthly Business Afterhours networking session at the Comfortable Couch Company. For more information about how you and your company can become involved with the local chamber visit: www.lakenormanchamber.org - Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Here is a great album of photos submitted by our readers and a few from our staff. We've captured everything from Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts driving a snow plow to the weight of the snow ripping boat covers. Enjoy... and Thanks to all our locals who submitted their photos.
Big Day at the Lake - Sponsored by Duke Energy - Kick Off event was held at Harvey's Bar and Grille in Cornelius. A huge turn out as always with lots of familiar friendly faces. Stay tuned - Big Day still has a celebrity bartending event, and a lake cruise, prior to the actual day on the water with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic, stars of Cinemax's hit drama "Banshee," celebrated the premiere of the show's second season at a red carpet event at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater. Parts of the show are filmed around Charlotte and Mooresville. Beth Petty, director of the Charlotte Regional Film Council, was also on hand to talk about the importance of the state's filming tax incentives, which attract big productions such as "The Hunger Games" and "Homeland" to the area. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon commented that the filming industry provides work to many locals, from those who build sets to costume designers. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
A great crowd came out to support the 2014 Kickoff for the Huntersville and Cornelius Relay for Life. Appetizers and Cocktails were available for all who attended. This was the initial Kick-Off for 2014, so that means IT NOT TOO LATE to get involved! For more information about how you can become involved in this great cause visit: http://bit.ly/19TNMRK, or you can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HVCrelay - Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Galway Hooker has the longest running all inclusive New Years Eve party at the Lake, and it sold out well before New Years Eve. GALWAY HOOKER is MORE THAN FISH AND CHIPS! We have something for EVERYONE including Kids! Chef Steve - the Galway Executive Chef came from Charleston Chops (for those who have been here long enough to remember) and is one of the best chefs at the lake. If you're looking to get out of that rut and add a GREAT new dining experience to your routine... Check us out - we even have a NEW MENU for 2014! Photos by Nate.
Ryan Newman's 9th Annual Charity dinner was an evening of entertainment and southern cuisine. Lots of meet and mingling took place with NASCAR drivers and celebrities. Special Thanks to the Ryan Newman Organization for organizing a great weekend of fishing and entertainment. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The Evernham Family Racing for a Reason and the Autism Society of North Carolina cordially held an open house to celebrate the first anniversary of IGNITE. IGNITE is a community center to support young adults with Autism and Aspberger's syndrome. The Open House was held at Davidson Cotton Mill from 5pm-8pm. For more information about how you can become involved with this great organization visit www.autismsociety-nc.org. Photos by Will McMurray.
The cold and rainy night did not stop the crowds from showing up in Davidson for their Annual Christmas Celebration. If this many people showed up in the rain... we can't imagine how many people would have been at this great multiple day event. If you missed Christmas in Davidson - check out these photos - this is a family event that all should attend. Shopping, Food, Cider, Performances, and the Beauty of Christmas all packaged in a few short blocks of Davidson. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Hundreds of classic custom celebrity cars rolled into the Ingersoll Rand corporate campus on Nov. 30 for the inaugural AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show, created by Ray Evernham, ESPN broadcaster and Former NASCAR crew chief. Celebrities include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and many others. The event supported IGNITE, a new community center in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. For more information about how you can become a part of this great organization visit www.americarnatv.com. Photos by Kato Ibeto.
ERACE the impact had a GREAT showing to support a GREAT cause. This 5K and One Mile Fun Run was to benefit "A Child's Place", an organization that works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. "A Child's Place provides academic assistance, emotional stability, and some financial aid for homeless children" For more information about how you can become involved with this organization visit: http://www.achildsplace.org/ - photos by Courtney Parlier.
Photos from An Evening of Hope & Healing - dinner, dancing, open bar (wine & beer) and a great silent auction. This special evening helps raise awareness and funds for the critical services provided by Safe Alliance to the Lake Norman Community. For more information about how you can help with this great organization visit: http://www.safealliance.org/mooresville-lake-norman/
The Arrival of Santa and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village was a HUGE success! Birkdale hosts a parade and float contest as part of their Santa Arrival event. All proceeds benefit Grin Kids. Birkdale Village retailers donated prizes/gift cards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the contest. Check out Birkdale's website for Photos with Santa and various other Birkdale promotions and events.
On November 9th, over 150 walkers, volunteers and businesses came together at Jetton Park to support the first Puppy Up! Lake Norman walk to increase awareness and raise funds to invest in canine cancer and comparative oncology research for a national Foundation Called 2 Million Dogs. This event exceed both it's participation and fundraising goals, making close to $13,000. The event kicked off with great music provided by Captain Lou 441. Sunrise Grill and Sandwhich Company was on-site for lunch after the walk. To learn more about Puppy Up! Lake Norman visit the facebook page www.facebook/puppyuplakenorman and for more on 2 Million Dogs visit http://www.2milliondogs.org/
The North Mecklenburg Woman's Club's 5th Annual Holiday Over the Tabletop Fundraiser was an incredible success. The proceeds went to benefit The Build Betty A House project! Over the Table Top showcases the decorating talents of local designers. The Sip "N Shop was a huge hit with attendees as they browsed through items from artists and vendors. The event was held at the Peninsula Country Club in Cornelius. For more information about how you can contribute visit: www.buildbettyahouse.org.
The First Annual Huntersville Chili Cook Off was Cancelled due to lack of "chili cooking" participants... unfortunately we didn't get word of the cancellation so we showed up to support the support crew and took a few pictures. We LOVE the idea of a city wide Chili Cookoff - so hopefully next year we'll see more participants. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Birkdale Village hosted a Halloween Themed Scavenger hunt that was a HUGE hit with the kids and shoppers. Clue Sheets were available for participants to find items in the plaza's stores. Special Thanks to Birkdale for providing a great family friendly and safe event for our local families to participate in. Photos by Roger Benskin.
Jammin for Critters held their fundraiser at Bit O Luck Equine Rescue and they had live Music and tons of Family Fun! There was a silent auction, BBQ Lunch, Raffle, Cash Bar and more - all proceeds went to benefit this great cause. For more information about how you can become involved please visit www.bitoluck.org. Photos by Will McMurray/VMG.
The 40th Carolina Balloonfest occurred this past weekend at Statesville Regional Airport. The CROWDS were so huge that most patrons had to be shuttled in from the Iredell County Fairgrounds. If you haven't attended a Balloon Launch - mark your calendars for next year - this is one unique event that you don't want to miss - pictures can't do this event the justice it deserves. Photography by Patrick Nicholoson.