November 2017 Around Town 1

Growing Heart

Heart Math Tutoring—a Charlotte nonprofit dedicated to helping students in high-poverty elementary schools develop math skills and academic confidence—wrapped up its Spring Funding Initiative with the largest amount raised to date: $840,342. This enables Heart to grow from 12 to 17 school sites during the 2017/18 school year. In the 2016/17 school year, 98 percent of Heart students met program growth goals in math, growing in two or more building block concept areas. On average, students doubled the goal – growing in 4.9 concept areas. Since 2013/14, Heart has grown from serving 105 students across two schools to more than 850 students across 17 school sites in 2017/18. Heart’s 750 volunteers collectively gave more than 13,000 hours of targeted, one-on-one instruction to students during the 2016/17 school year. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our community partners and the financial support that will impact hundreds more students this school year,” said Emily Elliott, Executive Director of Heart Math Tutoring. “Funds raised will ensure that all students we serve develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success. Together we are helping students succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Fall Ball 2017: Under the Big Top

The Young Affiliates of the Mint will host their annual signature fundraiser event, Fall Ball 2017: Under the Big Top, on November 10! This year, the signature ball will be a celebration of performance arts in our community with some surprises in store. Dance the night away to live music, dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres, and delight in the spectacular on the magnificent lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. All proceeds from this event will be used to offset the cost of Charlotte-Mecklenburg student tours at the Mint. Black tie is optional at the soiree. Tickets, which are $100 for members and $120 for non-members, can be found at

9th Annual Ties & 
Tails Gala

The 9th Annual Ties & Tails Gala, benefitting the Humane Society of Charlotte, comes to the Hilton Charlotte Center City on November 11 for a fabulous evening of fur, fun and fundraising! Last year’s event was a great success, with over 570 guests who raised more than $290,000 to support the mission of the HSC. Join Gizmo, this year’s Ties & Tails Cover Dog, at the gala.  With a new venue, a new Cover Dog, a great new auction team of Ron and Debbie Hitzel, and lots of other new surprises in store, this is sure to be a tail-wagging time!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The largest parade in the Southeast hits the streets of Charlotte on November 23. The Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition in Charlotte since 1947. Over seven decades, hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this parade. What began as a local holiday parade has grown into a magical showcase of performances, floats, dignitaries, celebrities, marching bands, balloons and surprises. Today, the parade is broadcast into 1.5 million homes around the region, providing the gift of entertainment and joy to young and old. Charlotte’s families and out-of-towners alike are invited to enjoy this classic tradition with a modern twist. Marvel at the sight of larger-than-life floats and balloons, nationally known recording artists from a variety of music genres, the booming cadence of marching bands, glittering and shaking dance teams and so much more!