The Allegro Foundation

The Allegro Foundation, a Champion for Children with Disabilities, is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to working with children facing a range of intellectual and physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, cancer and visual and hearing impairments. Allegro focuses on combining cutting edge education and medical expertise to create and advocate for the newest learning techniques for…

A Day With Jimmie Johnson

When Anita Stirewalt was asked what her ultimate sports dream would be, she did not hesitate. She enthusiastically shouted, “I want to meet Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 car!” 

Acosta Heating & Cooling

Zeke Acosta founded Acosta Heating & Cooling more than 47 years ago at the young age of 22. Zeke immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his mother to escape a harsh life in his native country of Cuba. As a boy, Zeke worked in a Charlotte factory sweeping floors to help support his family. Like many immigrants, he and his mother…

Women Empowering Women

Carol Hardison wanted to become a social worker while still in high school, but because of her SAT scores and high aptitude for math, she was encouraged to pursue a career as a computer programmer instead. She did this successfully, working for Duke Energy Corporation as a leader in its Information Technology Department for 18 years.

Out of the Woods

 What’s green, brown and an integral piece of Charlotte’s future?  Trees.   These gentle giants may seem like an easy piece of the Queen City’s elaborate puzzle—after all, they line our curving streets and fill our parks with dappled shade in summer and colorful, crinkling piles of leaves in fall—but the role of trees is actually a complex one that requires…

Harvesting Hope

On a beautiful summer evening dozens gathered at the incredible Mountain Island lake home of Jeff and Patty Mulloy to support Shining Hope Farms. Following the Luau theme for the gathering, H&M catering created hors d'oeuvres and desserts with a Polynesian flare. Our Shining Hope Farms’ Board Chair, Kari Pilbeam, gave an informative and moving presentation about the benefits of…

Chasing Normal

Global Health Innovation’s Mission of Caring for Moms and Babies with HIV Article Lisa Allen | Photos Provided I could pack this article with statistics: approximately 23 million people live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 16 million children under the age of 18 have been orphaned by AIDS in Africa alone. Each day, 6,000 … Continued

Dog Days 
Are Over

Carly Robinson and friend, Aleah Adams, have always loved dogs. After being exposed to the amount of dogs euthanized in animal shelters at a local animal expo, they realized they had to do something to help. Robinson and Adams teamed up with other local animal lovers in the South Charlotte community to establish Dog Days of Charlotte.