South Charlotte News Briefs: Aug. 24

Local charity ride raises $4,000 

The inaugural Tour de Turns raised more than $4,000 recently to help fight hunger in the Charlotte area.

The ride, organized by Lane Holbert, took place in the neighborhoods around Carmel Middle School, 5001 Camilla Drive, on Aug. 11. The event saw cyclists as young as 8 and as old as 69 hit the streets of south Charlotte for the 25-mile ride, with all donations going to Friendship Trays, Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Holbert, who started the event to fight area hunger and show locals safer places to bike in south Charlotte, said in a news released that he intends to hold the event again next year.

Find more information on the event at its website,


Rea Woods coming together for Ronald

A kid-friendly triathlon will take place this weekend in the Rea Woods neighborhood to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

The house serves as a place for families to stay while children undergo treatment at Charlotte hospitals near Uptown. Last year’s event in Rea Woods raised more than $850 for the house.

Registration for this year’s event, on Saturday, Aug. 25, costs $10, and can be paid before the start of the triathlon at 7:30 a.m. Kids ages 5 and older are allowed to take part in the swimming, biking and running competition at the neighborhood, and Ronald McDonald may make a visit to support competitors.

The Rea Woods clubhouse is at 6040 Woodleigh Oaks Drive.


Carmel Country Club hosts book launch

A party was held recently at Carmel Country Club in south Charlotte to celebrate the release of “Two Statues” by Brian Kennelly.

Kennelly (pictured above on left) attended the party with his family (from left) Connor, Tina, Aleanne and Kevin. His new book takes place at Edisto Island, S.C., near to where he lives. Find more information on the book at


Crews break ground on senior living community

Crews were expected to break ground Wednesday afternoon on the new Brightmore of South Charlotte.

The new senior living community will eventually be at 10021 Providence Road West.  To commemorate the groundbreaking, the community’s developer, Liberty Senior Living, was expected to announce contributions to a local organization that helps women who are battling substance abuse addiction. The ceremony was scheduled for after South Charlotte Weekly’s press deadline this week.

The development plan submitted for the project to the city calls for multiple buildings, ranging from one to four stories, with a maximum of 168 independent-living units, along with a maximum 120-bed skilled nursing facility and related common areas, rehabilitation and recreational facilities.

The community will cost around $40 million once completed.


McGrath named to vice chair seat 

Jason McGrath, of south Charlotte’s McGrath & Spielberger, PLLC, has been named vice chairman of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Section for 2012-13.

McGrath intends to focus on increasing the section’s membership and the benefits to its members, according to a news release.

McGrath’s firm is located at 3440 Toringdon Way in the Ballantyne area.


Gillard joins staff at YWCA

Tishauna Gillard is the new volunteer coordinator and executive assistant to the CEO at the YWCA Central Carolinas.

Gillard will serve as the initial contact for and coordinator of prospective individual and group volunteers as well as be in charge of processing, coordinating and tracking volunteer activities. She’ll also manage the Adopt-A-Youth Learning Center initiative.

She most recently worked at the Foundation for the Carolinas.

The YWCA is located at 3420 Park Road. Find more information at the group’s website, www.ywcacentral

Oles joins Principal Financial Group

Rob Oles is the newest financial services representative at the Principal Financial Group’s North Carolina Business Center.

Oles will focus on helping people and businesses plan and save for the future. He has more than three years experience in the insurance and financial services industry, most recently working as a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors.

The North Carolina Business Center is at 14045 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Reach Oles by calling 980-235-0518 or


Jervis joins Criswell & Criswell

Wendy Jervis is the newest esthetician specialist for the SouthPark and Ballantyne locations of Criswell & Criswell.

Jervis, who said she is “extremely passionate about skin care” in a news release, has worked as a licensed esthetician for 14 years. She has both clinical and spa experience.

“I … love to educate patients on how to improve and care for their skin,” said Jervis, a mother of two, in the release.

Criswell & Criswell, along with offering plastic surgery, offers a complete range of facial treatments and procedures aimed to restore and maintain skin’s beauty, according to the company. Dr. Kara Criswell and Dr. Bryan Criswell make up the company, which has offices at 15105 John J. Delaney Drive and 4310 Sharon Road.

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