January 2018 Around Town 2

Charlotte Checkers Themed Nights

The ice may be a bear outdoors, but it’s flying indoors at the Bojangles’ Coliseum during hockey season for the Charlotte Checkers! This January, take the family out for a fun themed sports night. On January 12th, the Checkers host Toronto for “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.” January 13th is NASCAR Night and a coat drive for WSOC’s Steve’s Coats for Kids. The week of the 16th, Bridgeport comes to town, with 1950s Night on the 16th and College Night on the 17th. Rochester will take on the Checkers on January 20th at Domestic Violence Prevention Night and on the 21st for a Postgame Skate with the Team. Stay warm on the ice this winter!

Dream Gala 2018

Dream On 3 brings sports dreams to life for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions by creating personal experiences with their favorite athletes, sporting event, or sports team. On January 20 at 6 PM at the Ritz Carlton Charlotte, Dream On 3 will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of their signature event and largest fundraiser, the Dream Gala. Celebrity athletes from all over the country join exclusive guests at the Gala to honor the Dream Kids and help fund the mission of Dream On 3. The proceeds from the Dream Gala will continue to provide the means to make sports dreams come true for some very deserving kids. In the five-year history of the event, supporters have helped raise a total of $345,000 to provide more than 50 kids with an unforgettable Dream Experience, as well as serving hundreds of kids and families through the Day Dream program. For tickets or to donate, visit DreamOn3.org.

Food Lion Presents: MLK 
Day Celebration

On January 15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will host an expansive MLK Day Celebration for all ages. Bring the family and celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Gantt Center. The Center will commemorate the holiday—which falls on Dr. King’s actual birthday this year—with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, film screenings, and more. Paired with the stunning exhibits celebrating the lives and experiences of African Americans already on display at the Center, it’s the perfect way to commemorate one of America’s most influential lives. Visit GanttCenter.org for details.