The Fun Raising: Your November Social Calendar

Great fundraising events are taking place throughout the month

Whether you’re a philanthropist, charitable giver, or socialite, you’ll have at least one thing in common this month: attending fundraising parties and events. Check out the list below.

Thursday, November 1

Swirl and Sip Wine Tasting
Wine-tasting novices and connoisseurs alike will enjoy this networking event and celebration benefiting Girl Talk Foundation. A variety of red, white, and sparkling wines along with hors d'oeuvres will be served. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Morton's Steakhouse, 227 W. Trade St., mortons.com/charlotte, girltalkfoundationinc.com.

Friday, November 2

Second Annual Red Shoe Shootout
The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is holding its annual clay shoot, offering you an eventful morning on a beautiful farm. Shooters of all skill levels are welcome and will enjoy twelve challenging stations with additional contests. 7:30 a.m., registration, breakfast, and warm up; 9 a.m., start; 11:45 a.m., lunch and awards. Individual, $325; team of four, $1,300. The Fork Farm & Stables, 3200 Fork Road, Norwood, forkstables.com, rmhofcharlotte.org.

Saturday, November 3

Second Annual YMCA Ballroom Battle
Modeled after the popular TV series Dancing with the Stars, this event features ten prominent community leaders competing in a ballroom dance competition, paired with professional dancers from the Metropolitan Ballroom of Charlotte. They've been practicing for weeks and are ready to compete for the grand prize at this elegant black-tie dinner and dance.  6:30-11:30 p.m. $150. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., ymcacharlotte.org.

Ninth Annual CCFA Paint the Town Red, White and Blues
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Carolinas Chapter puts on this annual fundraiser, featuring a fine selection of red wine, white wine, beer, and delectable treats from Best Impressions Caterers. Live music will be provided by Z-Trio, and there'll be a silent auction throughout the evening. 7-11 p.m. $60 per person or $100 for two. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., bechtler.org, ccfaredwhiteandblues.com.

Thursday, November 8

Fourth Annual Over The Table Top
The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club presents this fundraising gala, showcasing the talent of area designers, businesses, and creative individuals. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at this event. 6-10 p.m. $35. The Peninsula Country Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Dr., Cornelius, thepeninsulaclub.com, nmwclub.org.

Friday, November 9

Second Annual Guys and Dolls: Father/Daughter Dance
Power 98 FM’s Nolimit Larry and his COMP Foundation host this event, providing a fun evening for families while highlighting the importance of the father’s role in a daughter’s life. CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe and hip hop legend Master P will speak during the evening. 6-9 p.m. Adult, $25; child, $20. Grimes Hall, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., nllfatherdaughter.eventbrite.com.

Ballot Ball 2012
For the tenth year of their annual event, traditionally known as the Black and White Gala, the Young Affiliates of the Mint are partnering this year with the Auxiliary and Founders’ Circle groups to present an even bigger event. With honorary chairs Mayor Anthony Foxx and James Rogers Jr., this ball is sure to attract the city’s finest professionals and movers and shakers. Featuring the Vote For Art contest, cocktails, dinner, dessert, and dancing. 6:30-11 p.m. Mint Museum members, $100; nonmembers/general public, $200. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., mintmuseum.org, youngaffiliates.org. Immediately following Ballot Ball is the official after-party at Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Saturday, November 10

Jazz For All
It’s an evening to benefit the Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) education and performance programs. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts catered by Dean & Deluca, complimentary wines, and specialty cocktails. There will also be a silent auction, and live music by The Queen’s Collective, Los Leones (Latin Jazz), and the JAI All-Stars. 7-10:30 p.m. $50 before November 3; $60 after. Whitehead Manor Conference Center, 5901 Sardis Road, whiteheadmanor.com, thejazzarts.org.

Sunday, November 11

Pin Up, Pin Down
The evening will include a mix of fashion and bowling, with models walking a new runway, the bowling lanes, while showcasing pieces from local boutiques reminiscent of the 1940s and ’50s with a modern twist. The event also includes a silent auction with donations from Tiffany & Co., The Palm, and others. Proceeds will benefit Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Event begins 6 p.m.; fashion show begins 8:15 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP table, which seats four to six people and includes a bottle of Moët rose, luxury gift bag, and appetizers, $200. 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com, pinuppindown.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, November 15

Pale Is the New Tan: Melanoma Fundraiser
After surgery, Kristie Hankenhof has been cancer-free for a year, and she wants you to join in her fight to raise funds and awareness for skin cancer. Your admission includes complimentary appetizers and a drink ticket. Plus, prizes will be raffled away (play cornhole), and there'll be a meet-and-greet with the Charlotte Copperheads lacrosse team. 7 p.m. $10. La Paz Restaurant and Cantina, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 130, lapazcharlotte.com, facebook.com/La.Paz.Cantina.

Friday, November 16

19th Annual Beaujolais Festival
In celebration of the “Les premières vendanges” or first grape harvest of the year, the Charlotte International-Cabinet and Alliance Francaise host their annual event, featuring wine tastings, French food, and a performance by a jazz trio led by John Alexander. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. 6-9 p.m. $20-$30. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., museumofthenewsouth.org, charlotteinternational.org.

Saturday, November 17

The Pink and Teal Brunch
In support of breast and gynecologic cancer awareness and funding, in partnership with Lydia's Legacy, this event will feature a delicious brunch and showcase the documentary, No Evidence of Disease. There will also be a tribute to cancer survivors, lives lost, and the heroes that work to find a cure. Presented by RPO, Inc. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. General admission, $55; VIP, $100. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., theballantynehotel.comrpoinc.org.

Friday, November 30

32nd Annual Jazzy Holiday Luncheon
It’s the major fundraiser each year for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, where community leaders are also honored. The 2012 Gantt Center Legacy Award will be presented to Charlotte-based department store chain Belk, retired arts educator Jeanne M. Brayboy, and On Q Productions’ artistic director Quentin “Q” Talley. The luncheon will also feature live entertainment. 11:30 a.m. $125. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., ganttcenter.org

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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