Foundation continues kicking cancer’s tail
CHARLOTTE – Not only did the Housing Opportunity Foundation name Erin Santos its 2018 Humanitarian of the Year, but her organization made tremendous strides last year in the pediatric cancer community.
Among the Isabella Santos Foundation’s highlights:
• Created a rare pediatric cancer treatment room at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. The MIBG Therapy Suites treats children with neuroblastoma and in advanced clinical trials to test new products on different types of cancers.
• Donated $672,000 to its mission of fighting pediatric cancer, including $600,000 to Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital and $30,000 to The Genomics Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
• Partnered with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas to open CBCC’s first blood center in Ballantyne, named the Isabella Santos Center.
This year, the foundation is committed to raising $5 million to fund the ISF Rare and Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s Hospital. The program will expand its clinical trials and recruit a national expert in rare and solid tumors.
CRVA hands out tourism awards to businesses, people
CHARLOTTE – The CRVA announced the winners of the 13th annual Partners in Tourism Awards.
“The Partners in Tourism Awards celebrate the Charlotte region’s businesses and individuals that make unparalleled strides to strengthen our thriving visitor economy,” CRVA Director of Partnership Kamin Brennan said.
• Hospitality Unsung Hero: Ja’nese Stradford, Refresh Assistant Manager, Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
• Hospitality Unsung Hero: Gladys Hernandez, housekeeper, The Duke Mansion
• Outstanding Ambassador: Chef Ron Ahlert, executive director, Community Culinary School of Charlotte
• Hospitality Professional of the Year: Erin Dennis, sales/events coordinator, Hampton Inn & Suites South Park at Phillips Place
• Attraction of the Year: Topgolf Charlotte
• Full-service Hotel of the Year: Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park
• Nightlife/Entertainment Venue of the Year: Queen Park Social
• Restaurant of the Year: Haberdish
• Retailer of the Year: Charlotte Premium Outlets
• Select-service Hotel of the Year: Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown /Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown
• Service Provider of the Year: Key Signature Entertainment
• Destination Impact Award: Joan Zimmerman, CEO, Southern Shows Inc
Financial Peace University provides hope to families
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 5 million people have changed their financial future through Ramsey Solutions’ Financial Peace University and area residents will have an opportunity to do the same.
The nine-lesson digital course provides practical tools to gain control of finances and plan for long-term financial success.
• Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 4350 Westmont Drive.
• Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, 1929 West Arrowood Road.
• Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, 6411 Sharon Road.
• Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m., Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St.
• Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Watershed Church Charlotte, 2101 Shenandoah Ave.
Register at www.fpu.com.
Open house includes live radio broadcast
INDIAN LAND – Ramona Holloway, of 107.9 The Link’s “Matt & Ramona Show,” will host a live radio broadcast during an open house of M/I Homes in Bretagne.
The event offers tours of the Allison model home, games for all ages, free barbecue, free caricature portrait and chance to win a $150 Visa gift card.
The event takes place noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the community, located at 2290 Loire Valley Drive. RSVP is requested by Jan. 25 at SalesCharlotte@mihomes.com or 704-286-6498.
Visit www.mihomes.com/bretagne for details.
Sodoma Law attorneys earn awards from magazine
CHARLOTTE – Five attorneys from Sodoma Law received awards from Super Lawyers Magazine for 2019, including Managing Principal Nicole Sodoma.
Sodoma was named a Super Lawyer 2019 in family law. Rising Stars were Penelope Hefner and Theresa Viera (family law), John Woodman (business law) and Russ Brinson (employment litigation).
“The extraordinary advocacy that we exhibit every day for our clients and communities is part of our fiber,” Sodoma said. “It’s simply who we are.”
Super Lawyers is a rating service based on a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Only up to 5 percent of the state’s lawyers make the list. W