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New sushi roll at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is an ace

PGA Tour star Webb Simpson helped develop the “Roll in One”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When PGA Tour star Webb Simpson isn’t winning golf tournaments, he might be with his wife, Charlotte native Dowd Simpson and three children in Charlotte. And if it’s date night, he and Dowd may be at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar.

Simpson, who was a four-time All-American golfer at Wake Forest University and went on to win the 2012 U.S. Open, worked with The Cowfish Executive Chef David Lucarelli and Master Sushi Chef Rifali Almunir to develop the “Roll in One.” His namesake roll is stuffed with fried kani, cilantro and cucumber and ensconced in tuna, salmon and bream. It’s topped with roasted jalapeno and lemon-infused oil and then crowned with whitefish nigiri to resemble a golf ball.

Until June 15, The Cowfish will donate 15 percent of the $16 “Roll in One” proceeds to charities chosen by Webb and Dowd. The “Roll in One” will be available in Charlotte and Raleigh as well as the new Atlanta location, when it opens in April.

In Charlotte, the roll will help Beds for Kids, which provides beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need.


Our goal with everything we do at STAX is to bring awareness to fitness in Charlotte. We know it is lofty, but we want Charlotte to be recognized as the Fittest City on Earth.  The weekly Free Boot camp with 300+ attendees each night to this 3000+ World Record Setting Event. We just want to make people healthy in the community we live in and love.

Mobile mammography goes the distance

Charlotte Radiology’s fourth mobile unit to be the first in the Carolinas to offer

3-D mammography

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15, 2016– Charlotte Radiology is expanding – again – its mobile mammography services by adding a fourth mobile breast center to its fleet. Responding to increased demand for convenient access to early screening for breast cancer, the new mobile unit will help Charlotte Radiology serve more women in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and York counties. And well beyond.

The new mobile unit, ready to roll on April 1, will be the first in the Carolinas and only the 13th in the United States to offer digital breast tomosynthesis, more commonly known as 3-D mammography. 3-D mammography creates multiple images that allow radiologists to look at different layers of breast tissue. It’s of greatest benefit to women with dense breast tissue and women having their first mammogram.

The primary benefits of 3-D mammography include reduced call backs for false positives and better visualization of breast tissue, which leads to greater visibility of small cancers. “Tomo,” as it’s also known, takes about the same amount of time as a traditional 2-D mammogram and requires a $55 out-of-pocket charge. Insurance does not yet cover the service.

Since 2011, Charlotte Radiology’s mobile units have performed more than 40,000 mammograms in 15 states in the southern United States – from Florida to Virginia and as far west as Texas. The newest screening unit will further improve access for women prone to delaying their screening mammograms – or not getting them at all. The mobile units provide “breast health expertise on wheels” at special events, health fairs and businesses.

“The mobile breast centers bring early breast cancer detection right to the workplace, allowing health-conscious employers the opportunity to provide their employees with a more convenient option for breast cancer screening,” said Katie Yarborough, Charlotte Radiology’s corporate health and community relations manager.

Exams can be billed to insurance, and there’s no additional cost to the hosting organization. A minimum number of patients is required. Learn more and view a calendar of events at To schedule an event, contact Katie Yarborough at 704.334.7812.

“We have the ability to operate our mobile units seven days a week and provide services to employees during first, second and third shifts to meet the needs of a company’s employee population,” she continued.

Charlotte Radiology is a member of Strategic Radiology, the nation’s largest consortium of independent, subspecialized radiology groups. That partnership allows Charlotte Radiology to expand its services even beyond the 15-state region it has served previously.

“Most mobile units are licensed only in the state they originate in, and many only serve the county they’re based in,” said Yarborough. “Our program is one of a few able to expand across many states. It’s our Belk partnership that has allowed our physicians to become licensed throughout Belk’s territory. For companies with employees spread across a number of geographies, having one mobile provider allows for the standardization of care.”

The new 38.6-foot-long, state-of-the-art breast screening facility joins three other mobile units in Charlotte Radiology’s fleet. Three are operated by Charlotte Radiology, and one is operated in partnership with Belk.

Each mobile breast center is staffed by two certified female mammography technologists and outfitted with a registration and waiting area, private dressing rooms and an exam room. Once an exam is performed, a board-certified radiologist interprets the mammogram and sends the confidential results to the patient and her primary care physician.

Each mobile breast center has the capacity to screen about 5,000 women each year. About half the women screened at one of Charlotte Radiology’s corporate partners are either new to mammography or overdue for a mammogram by two or more years. Charlotte Radiology’s mobile mammography units serve more than 90 businesses throughout the lower East Coast, Southeast and the Gulf states.

About Charlotte Radiology Breast Center

Charlotte Radiology, established in 1967, is one of the largest radiology groups in the country. It operates 14 breast center locations, including two mobile breast centers, serving more than 100,000 women each year. All breast centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology, certified by the FDA and recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. For more information:


$82,000 raised to date to support Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter

Event photos (courtesy of Dez Banks Photography and Jen Melick Photography) are available for download. More photos are available upon request.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 17, 2016 – The 10th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala brought more than the golden tradition of New Orleans to Charlotte. The event surpassed its fundraising from previous years, raising $82,000 for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC). To date, more than $593,000 has been raised from the gala.

Approximately 280 people donned Mardi Gras masks and evening wear at the March 5 event at CenterStage@NoDa to “help unmask lupus” and benefit LFANC. Presented by the Dickerson Family Trust, the event featured entertainment by Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a silent auction, photo booth, fortune teller, Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest, luxury raffle and more. Nathan Richie, from The Lake 102.9, served as Master of Ceremonies.

A highlight of the evening was the crowning of the Gala King & Queen – Mike Smiley and Amy Taylor. Previous Gala Kings & Queens include: The Ward Family of Rocky Mount, N.C. (2015); Travis Manchester and Patty Dunn (2014); John Hairr and Susan Rowe (2013); Drs. John and Amanda Grimes (2012); Dr. Peter Capizzi and Brenda Stubbs (2011); and Tony Kouskolekas and Maria Dunn (2010); Richard Sharpe and Zaira Hidalgo (2009).

“Not only was this a record-breaking year for this year’s Mardi Gras Gala, but it marked a milestone as we celebrated ten years of removing the mask of lupus,” said Christine John-Fuller, President & CEO of the LFANC. “We are incredibly grateful to the generosity of our attendees, sponsors, donors, volunteers and other supporters in making this event a success and making a difference in the lives of the 45,000 North Carolinians living with lupus.”

This annual event was founded in 2007 by Dr. Ginger Dickerson, a physician with Eastover University OBGYN. Dr. Dickerson, along with her brother Todd and father Don, created the Dickerson Family Trust to support of the Lupus Foundation of America and to honor their sister, Amy Taylor, who was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 20.

About Lupus:

Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, hits out of nowhere, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive, and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation.

About the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is part of the national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Serving an estimated 45,000 living with lupus in North Carolina, the chapter is the center of excellence for those affected by lupus, bridging patients, their families, caregivers, and the medical community. For more information about lupus or the LFANC, visit or call (877) 849-8271. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Christine John-Fuller, Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter

704-716-5640, ext. 5 (office)/704-604-9639 (mobile)

Aldersgate celebrates the best thing since sliced bread

The sandwich – and Charlotte’s east side – finally get their due (and a festival) on April 30

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 28, 2016– When the Fourth Earl of Sandwich ordered his valet to bring him a slab of meat between two slices of bread, he revolutionized dining. He and his card-playing buddies were able to hold a meal in one hand (with no need for knife and fork) and their cards in the other. Not since he made culinary history in the late 1700s has the humble sandwich gotten its due. But Aldersgate will change that on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. That’s when the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) hosts the International Sandwich Festival (ISF), a community celebration and kickoff to UNC Charlotte’s Mobile Arts & Community Experience’s (MAX) month-long residency on the 250-acre campus at 3800 Shamrock Drive.

The community-focused celebration takes place in the heart of one of Charlotte’s most diverse neighborhoods. Admission is free; parking on the grounds is also complimentary. Food and drinks may be purchased. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

The ISF will celebrate sandwiches from many of the cultures that call this area home and will feature a mix of popular street food ranging from Vietnamese to Latin American.

“We’re not just celebrating the sandwich,” said Tim Rogers, Aldersgate’s director of mission advancement and lead initiator of ISF. “We’re celebrating our community. We thought the idea of “breaking bread” together would be a fun way to invite the greater community to explore this part of town and honor the east side’s rich culture.”

Enter Dr. Tom Hanchett, formerly staff historian with the Levine Museum of the New South and a self-professed foodie. Starting last year, Aldersgate residents engaged him to begin monthly “Rambles” – a field trip that combines history and food. Hanchett leads the inquisitive group on a tour of the area and concludes with lunch at an eastside restaurant.

Rogers thought a similar concept could be expanded on Aldersgate’s wide, open campus to include the entire community.

Hanchett, who also writes a food column for The Charlotte Observer, loves the idea of an eastside international festival, and says Aldersgate is the best organization to pave the way. “It’s really cool that Aldersgate is so invested in bringing the diverse culinary flavors and rich cultural spirit of this community to its campus for the public to enjoy.”

At about the same time ISF was being planned, Wendy Fishman, project director for UNC Charlotte’s Mobile Arts & Community Experience (MAX), was on a mission to bring cultural, educational and advocacy support to underserved communities. The Knight Foundation gave the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture a three-year, $350,000 grant to conduct community engagement residencies in Charlotte. MAX is a mobile classroom with – Aldersgate officials could scarcely believe it – a performance stage.

Event planners needed a stage for the variety of live bands, dance troupes and musical acts performing at the festival – an international fusion that will include traditional Mexicano, Latin rock, R&B, an International Community Choir, Brazilian dancers, DJs and more. Performances will take place from noon to 7 p.m.

A month of MAX

MAX will remain on Aldersgate’s campus through late May. The April 30 International Sandwich Festival 2016 is just the start of a full month of educational and cultural events.

“Our involvement with ISF and the month-long MAX residency on-site gives UNC Charlotte an opportunity to engage with our eastside neighbors to help create and support community-based arts, science and culture, said Fishman. “MAX will be used as a stage, a classroom, an experiment space, a reading library, an artists’ studio and as a community gathering space for neighbors to meet, to learn, to create and to have fun.  We are thrilled to partner with Aldersgate to help build bridges and strengthen community.”

From Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 27, MAX will transform from a performance stage into a community classroom space at Aldersgate. During this month-long residency, MAX will host free workshops each week from experts, teachers, artists and community members. All events are free. A complete programming schedule will be announced in the coming month.

Initial events include:

· Queen City Forward will offer free weekly business how-to start-up classes for ages18 and up. Budding entrepreneurs can learn to write a business plan, how to structure their business and the importance of having a mentor.

· Artist/muralist Tiva Lassiter will offer a weekly arts workshop for all ages. She’ll lead people in making stamped cards out of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The workshops will culminate in a final exhibition called “Food, Memories and Heritage.”

· The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library will offer free multi-lingual literacy readings for Pre-K and 5-year-olds.

· Digi-Bridge will offer weekly “STEAM Saturdays” with 90-minute hands-on activities for K-8 students. During these free weekly classes, young scholars explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math concepts while creating robots, rocket launchers and other DIY activities.

· 311 Know How-City of Charlotte department experts will present sessions on city service offerings from transportation to recycling to neighborhood safety.

· Bobbie Mabe, master gardener, community leader, horticultural therapist and owner of Growth Through Gardening, will present multiple free classes on food preparation and container gardening. Guests can take home free meals and plants after each session.

About Aldersgate

Founded in 1943 as The Methodist Home – a home for retired Methodist ministers – Aldersgate is a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with a legacy of nearly 70 years of caring for seniors. Today, about 450 residents call Aldersgate home and have access to all levels of care on the wooded, 250-acre campus. As a part of its mission to strengthen the greater community, Aldersgate is partnering with UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture to bring cultural, educational and advocacy support to Charlotte’s east side.

The community is located at 3800 Shamrock Drive. Learn more at

About MAX

The Mobile Arts & Community Experience (MAX) is a hybrid performance venue/community gathering space that can accommodate everything from circus arts to a neighborhood association meeting. UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture debuted the state-of-the-art mobile facility last spring in a public celebration on Levine Avenue for the Arts. The college received a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to support MAX’s design and construction.