Blood drives announced
YORK COUNTY The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold the following blood drives:
• 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Fort Mill Ford, 801 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill.
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• 4-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors receive a free T-shirt.
• 7-10 p.m. The Haunted Mill, 6325 W. Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont. Blood donors will receive a free VIP Haunted Mill admission ticket.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, ESP Associates, 3475 Lakemount Blvd., Fort Mill.
Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Joy 4 Tots ride Nov. 9
LAKE WYLIE The 10th annual Joy 4 Tots Ride will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 9.
The ride starts at the Oakridge Community Building and ends at Roosevelt Park in Clover. Bring one toy per biker. Refreshments will be served.
Call 704-813-2792 or 980-522-1328 for information.
RideAbility fall fest Nov. 15
CLOVER RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center will host a family and friends fall festival 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 15 at 937 Stallion Spirit Trail at Cherokee Farms.
The event will include face painting, tie-dying T-shirts, cornhole, a scavenger hunt, a horseless obstacle course for children, carrot feeding for the horses, a bake sale and raffle baskets. Earth Fare is sponsoring drinks, fruit and snacks.
Call 803-222-6008 or visit rideabilitysc.com.
Denim and Diamonds gala Nov. 15
GASTONIA The inaugural Denim and Diamonds gala, a kick-off to the fundraising campaign to move and expand Victory Farm, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the indoor arena at Jon Walker Stables.
Victory Farm is a therapeutic horsemanship program serving people with special needs living in Gaston, Lincoln and York counties. The program strives to improve the lives of mentally and physically challenged toddlers, children and adults through horsemanship and therapeutic riding.
The event, which director Dory Pell hopes will attract 200 to 300 people, will feature Fred Delp as master of ceremonies and Delp’s Krystal River Band. Delp has been nominated for three Grammy awards and hosts a hit show in Las Vegas.
Col. Melissa Thomas of Twin Oaks Farm will conduct a live auction including artwork, vacations and more. A special auction item will be an original painting donated by famed equestrian artist Elizabeth Sage of Tucson, Ariz. There also will be raffles and games.
Heavy seasonal hors d’oeurves will be served. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets cost $25. Reserve tables of six by Nov. 8 for $150. Tickets are available at victoryrides.org, or send a check to Victory Farm, P.O. Box 6341, Gastonia, N.C. 28056. Call 704-675-2292 or email DenimandDiamondsBall@gmail.com for more information.
Good Folks plan December luncheon
YORK COUNTY Good Folks of York County’s annual fundraising luncheon will be Dec. 2 at the DiGiorgio Center on the Winthrop University campus to benefit Keystone Substance Abuse Services’ planned Youth and Adolescent Center.
The fee to join Good Folks of York County is $30, which includes the luncheon. To become a member, visit goodfolksofyorkcounty.com.
Komen Charlotte offering small grants
YORK COUNTY Susan G. Komen Charlotte is offering grants up to $5,000 to York County nonprofit and health organizations for urban outreach, rural health and capacity building to serve uninsured or under-insured individuals in the community.
Grant opportunities were made possible in part through funds raised at Kickin’ It Challenge, a two-day youth soccer tournament, barbecue dinner and silent auction.
Grant applications must be submitted through the Komen Charlotte’s online Grants eManagement System. For information, visit komencharlotte.org/impact and click on small grants.