Food Drive Pep Rally at The Grooming Lounge

Food Drive Pep Rally at The Grooming Lounge

On Saturday, August 16, The Grooming Lounge Northlake Mall will be hosting a pep rally for the #CharlotteBarbersCare Food Drive.  The pep rally will be held from 11am – 1pm.  It is one of many events planned during the monthly long food drive.  There are 23 Barber Shops participating in the Food Drive which will benefit The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  The organization provides food to those in need in the greater Charlotte area.

This is the 4th Annual Food Drive hosted by Headlines Barber Shop and continues through Saturday, August 13th.   To date, the barber shop has collected over 38,000 pounds of food which equates to over 25,000 meals for Charlotte families in need.  This year, 23 barber shops, including The Grooming Lounge Northlake, are joining the effort.  This year’s drive is called #CharlotteBarbersCare.  The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food.

Elliot Riley, owner of The Grooming Lounge Northlake Mall, thought it was important for his barber shop to participate because he believes “if you aren’t helping, you’re hurting.”

In addition to The Grooming Lounge at Northlake Mall, donations can also be made at the following barber shops:

  • Against Da Grain: 1317 Pecan Avenue
  • Bennett’s Barber Shop: 1530 Overland Park Ln, Suite 103
  • Boston’s Finest Barber Lounge: 520 Collins Aikman Drive
  • Clippers, LLC: 929 N Wendover Rd.
  • Da Lucky Spot Barber Shop: 3720 N. Tryon St, Ste 102
  • Fade Factory: 1920 Back Creek Drive, Suite A
  • Five Star Barber Shop: 7808 S. Tryon
  • Good 2 Go: 4602 Monroe Rd
  • Greene’s Barber Shop: 3229 Rozzell’s Ferry Rd
  • Headlines Barber Shop: 5309 E Independence Blvd
  • Kut Masters: 9020 Albermarle Rd, Suite F
  • Kut Masters: 9605 N. Tryon St, Suite U
  • La Familia Barber Shop: 5600 Albemarle Road, Suite 1000
  • La Porsha’s Barber Shop: 8825 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Suite 117
  • Lajohn’s Grooming: 8035 Providence Road
  • Overton’s Barber Shop: 5430 N Tryon St, Suite 2
  • Premier Grooming Lounge: 3716 D West W.T. Harris Blvd.
  • ProStyle Salon & Barber Shop: 4016 D Wilkinson Boulevard
  • Tapers Barber Shop: 6324 N Tryon, Suite 102
  • The Grooming Lounge: 6801 Northlake Mall Dr #248
  • The Ultimate Barber Lounge: 8925 J.M. Keynes Drive, Suite 2
  • Universal Cuts, LLC: 2115 E Arbors Dr, Ste. 107
  • Xclusive Kuts: 4541 The Plaza
Headlines Hosts City Wide Food Drive

Headlines Hosts City Wide Food Drive

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Headlines Barber Shop will host its 4th Annual Food Drive from July 19th – August 13th.  The drive will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  The organization provides food to those in need in the greater Charlotte area.

Headlines Barber Shop, traditionally, holds their annual food drive during the summer since food bank donations are lower during that time.  To date, the barber shop has collected over 38,000 pounds of food which equates to over 25,000 meals for Charlotte families in need.  This year’s food drive is sponsored by local non-profit organization, Array of Brighter Beginnings.

Season Bennett and her husband, Derrick, own Headlines Barber Shop.  Season was inspired to hold the first food drive because hunger is a cause that hit close to home.  “Being raised by a single mother trying to make ends meet, we have benefitted from the resources offered by the local food bank.”

Continuing in that same tradition, this year’s food drive will be called #CharlotteBarbersCare with a goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of food.  VH1’s Love and Hip Hop’s female rap group, BBOD will be attending a pep rally at Headlines Barber Shop on Friday, July 22nd at 10am-12 noon to help bring attention to this cause.  The public is encouraged to attend and bring non-perishable goods to benefit the food bank.

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Throughout the drive, the public is encouraged to share pictures on social media with the hashtag: #CharlotteBarbersCare.

In addition to Headlines Barber Shop (5309 E Independence Blvd), donations can also be made at the following barber shops:

  • Against Da Grain: 1317 Pecan Avenue
  • Bennett’s Barber Shop: 1530 Overland Park Ln, Suite 103
  • Boston’s Finest Barber Lounge: 520 Collins Aikman Drive
  • Clippers, LLC: 929 N Wendover Rd.
  • Da Lucky Spot Barber Shop: 3720 N. Tryon St, Ste 102
  • Fade Factory: 1920 Back Creek Drive, Suite A
  • Five Star Barber Shop: 7808 S. Tryon
  • Good 2 Go: 4602 Monroe Rd
  • Greene’s Barber Shop: 3229 Rozzell’s Ferry Rd
  • Headlines Barber Shop: 5309 E Independence Blvd
  • Kut Masters: 9020 Albermarle Rd, Suite F
  • Kut Masters: 9605 N. Tryon St, Suite U
  • La Familia Barber Shop: 5600 Albemarle Road, Suite 1000
  • La Porsha’s Barber Shop: 8825 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Suite 117
  • Lajohn’s Grooming: 8035 Providence Road
  • Overton’s Barber Shop: 5430 N Tryon St, Suite 2
  • Premier Grooming Lounge: 3716 D West W.T. Harris Blvd.
  • ProStyle Salon & Barber Shop: 4016 D Wilkinson Boulevard
  • Tapers Barber Shop: 6324 N Tryon, Suite 102
  • The Ultimate Barber Lounge: 8925 J.M. Keynes Drive, Suite 2
  • Universal Cuts, LLC: 2115 E Arbors Dr, Ste. 107
  • Xclusive Kuts: 4541 The Plaza

Additional details can be found at www.headlinesbarbershop.com.  For questions, call 704-537-1510 or email: headlines08@gmail.com.

Headlines Barber Shop raises 9,707 meals for Charlotte families in need

Headlines Barber Shop raises 9,707 meals for Charlotte families in need

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Charlotte based Headlines Barber Shop held its 3rdAnnual Cookout for a Cause on September 13 from 1-5pm at Reedy Creek Park.  During the course of the event, the barber shop raised enough money to purchase 9,707 meals for Charlotte families in need.  All proceeds from the event benefitted the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  To date, Headlines Barber Shop has raised 38,000 pounds of food which equates to 26,000 meals for Charlotte families in need.

 

This free event was open to the public.   Money was raised three ways: through the sale of raffle tickets, through a silent auction and through donations.  Some participants donated online as well.

This year’s event sponsors included:

Array of Brighter Beginnings

C.A.N.S. 4 Cuts

Coca-Cola

DJ Stampede

Geared Up Clothing

Restaurant Depot

Snyder’s Lance

Town & Country Ford

Ty Hamilton Photography

Headlines owner, Derrick Bennett, says that “each year, we plan to give back more to the Charlotte community and to have a bigger impact with the community’s help.”

For additional information please visit www.headlinesbarbershop.com.  Feel free to contact us at headlines08@gmail.com or 704-537-1510.

Cuts and a Cause

Cuts and a Cause

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Lupus Awareness Fundraiser held at Headlines Barber Shop

April 9, 2015 –

On Saturday, April 25th, Charlotte based, Headlines Barber Shop hosted Cuts and a Cause from 10am – 2pm.  The event was aimed at raising awareness about lupus.  Money was raised through raffle ticket sales.   Donations will also be accepted during the event and are a tax write off.

Marietta Ingram, member of the NC Lupus Board of Directors will be on site to answer questions.  She has a walk team that will be participating in the “Walk to End Lupus Now” event on May 16th at CPCC’s Central Campus.  She will be soliciting people to join her walk team, Marietta’s Miracle.  She can also assist individuals who would like to create their own walk team.  The goal of the event is to raise $2000 to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina Chapter. 

As a Lupus survivor, Ms. Ingram is very passionate about the cause.  “My desire is that others who hear about me can apply what I’ve learned about coping with lupus and finally recover to live a full and active life.”

Read Marietta’s story here:

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Dear Lupus

Hello, my name is Marietta Ingram. I am 43 years old and I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus at the age of 29, and this is my story.

I’ll never forget the morning I woke up to loss of circulation and throbbing pain in my elbow. I sat there racking my brain, trying to remember what I’d done the day before to cause such an injury. I got ready and went to work as usual, trying to ignore the pain and just assuming I’d somehow pulled a muscle. I decided to make a visit to the doctor. It was diagnosed as “tennis elbow”. I never understood, since I didn’t play tennis. After several trips to the emergency room, and doctor appointments, I was finally referred to a rheumatologist.

We started the “testing process”. The fun stuff, lots and lots of blood work to find the underlying cause. After an extensive symptom checklist and the results of my blood work, I was finally diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in February of 2000. Upon hearing my diagnosis, I was confused and scared. I had no idea what Lupus was. The only things that stuck in my memory were “no cure” and “fatal”. Although I was a little relieved to have a diagnosis, everything seemed to make sense then. I’d spent years just struggling to get out of bed. In the past, I wanted to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities so badly, but I was exhausted or in pain. I never really thought anything of it. I just assumed this was “normal” or I was just lazy. My diagnosis came at a good time. It wasn’t long before I began to suffer many “Lupus flare-ups”.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, which cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissues. Lupus attacks cause redness, swelling and pain characterized by flares and remissions. I have two of the major disease forms which is discoid lupus; which affects the skin, and systemic lupus; which affects the internal organs. The flare-ups are wild and unpredictable.

Like many people with chronic diseases, especially after the initial diagnosis, I went through a period of depression. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to have lupus. The thing I have to fight most every day is extreme fatigue. Sometimes it’s a real struggle just to get out of bed and get going in the mornings. I like to stay on the go, but I have learned to listen to my body when it’s telling me that it’s time to sit down or lie down and rest.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the hospital or the ER just because of Lupus complications. I’ve had numerous treatments just to manage my Lupus. There were times where I was tired of taking the medication. And because of that, I had a major complication. I had fluid around my heart, and was in the critical care unit for a week. This was a wake-up call for me.

Living with Lupus is a daily struggle. Most people think that those with Lupus may not “look” sick, but we are. It’s a daily feeling of having the flu. Feeling like I have the flu is normal to me. Just making it through the day with only one ailment is a good day for me. It’s hard to go through each day feeling what I feel and not wanting to tell anyone. Not wanting to tell anyone because I just want to avoid all the questions. I don’t want people to think “there is always something wrong with her”. The truth is they are right. There is always something wrong with me, but I have learned to live with it. It has become my normalcy. It doesn’t only cause physical pain, but emotional pain as well. It’s frustrating to feel what I feel and have no one understand. I stress about being a burden on my friends and family. I won’t even mention the endless medical bills!

I came up with a plan on how I was going to fight and overcome this. I knew I had to strengthen my faith with God and pray more. I got involved more with the Local Lupus Foundation Chapter. I was selected to be on the Board of Directors and Chair for the Program and Services Committee. This process gave me the courage to open up to my family and share what I was experiencing. Instead of feeling ashamed like I assumed I would be, I was showered with love and support.

I could write an entire book about my 15 year struggle with Lupus. When I was first diagnosed, I was told that the odds used to be 50-50, meaning that you’d die within 5 years of diagnosis. Today there are more tests, better treatments, and a larger percent chance that Lupus will not shorten my life-span! I have made it this far and I will continue!! I may feel like crap and my bad days may be pretty bad, but I will not succumb to it.

Sometimes, just by sharing your story, could have a positive impact on someone. I wanted to share my story and maybe it will help heal someone like I was healed.

Marietta Ingram

Array of Brighter Beginnings Food and Toy Drive

Array of Brighter Beginnings Food and Toy Drive

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December 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC – Array of Brighter Beginnings held its first Annual Food and Toy Drive ending on December 23rd.   Headlines Barber Shop was proud to be a drop-off location for the Food and Toy Drive.

The goal of the drive was to provide 6 Charlotte families in need with food and Christmas presents for each family member.

The successful drive ended on December 23rd and the families were presented with their gifts during a dinner at Boston Market.  Array of Brighter Beginnings president, Carlos Webb thought it important to have the drive because “Everyone has a time in their life when they could use a little bit of help.”

Array of Brighter Beginnings is a non-profit organization founded with the purpose of helping at risk children, youth and adults in the Charlotte community.  They offer programs such as tutoring, mentoring and job training.

 

For more information about Array of Brighter Beginnings, please visit their website: http://arrayofbrighterbeginnings.org/.

2014 Cookout For a Cause

2014 Cookout For a Cause

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October 7, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC – Headlines Barber Shop held its 2nd Annual Cookout for a Cause on September 28 at Reedy Creek Park.  Last year’s event was a great success with the barber shop collecting enough money to provide over 5,000 meals to Charlotte families in need.

This year’s tally was 10,654 pounds of food which equals 7,102 meals to Charlotte families in need.  All proceeds from the cookout were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Nearly 100 people attended the free cookout.  Money was raised three ways: through the sale of raffle tickets, through a silent auction and through cash donations.   

Headlines Barber Shop owner, Derrick Bennett, felt as though the cookout was an important event to hold.  “I wanted everyone to have fun but also think about those in need.  I have a 4 year old daughter and I want her to remember that we are blessed and to always share those blessings with others.”

There are a lot of great businesses that have signed on to sponsor this event including:

  • The Metro Proponent
  • Charlotte Professional Computer Solutions
  • Geared Up Tees
  • Ty Hamilton Photography
  • DJ Stampede
  • C.A.N.S. 4 Cuts
  • Urban Skin Solutions
  • Queen City Pro Maintenance

Special thanks for donations from:

  • Bullock BBQ
  • SD Scents
  • Time 4 U Massage
  • Naturally Younique
  • Alpha Male Nail Care
  • LADA’s Salon and Spa

 

Be sure to check out more images from the event courtesy Ty Hamilton Photography: http://tyhamiltonphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Cookout-For-a-Cause/

Food Drive Wrap Up

Food Drive Wrap Up

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August 19, 2014

 

CHARLOTTE, NC – Headlines Barber Shop completed its 2nd Annual Food Drive on Saturday, August 16th.  The drive was coined “The #1000PoundFoodDrive” and it aimed at collecting 1,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  The barber shop focuses on summertime drives as food bank donations are traditionally lower during this time of the year.

Donations poured in throughout the length of the month-long drive.  The grand total for the event was 1,491 pounds—almost 50% above the goal!  Wendy Nyberg of Second Harvest says this donation “will provide almost 1,000 meals to families in need in our community.”

The barbers were especially excited about the results of the drive.  “It is truly amazing how the community came together to do something for people they’ve never met.  Donating a few cans may not seem like a big deal to the person who donated it, but it can mean a world of difference for the person receiving it” says owner, Derrick Bennett.

Community Resume Party

Community Resume Party

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Headlines Barber Shop Hosts Community Resume Party

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Headlines Barber Shop and AyresVoice partnered up to hold a Community Resume Party on June 28th from 10am – 2pm.  The event was held at Headlines Barber Shop at 5309 E. Independence Blvd in Charlotte.

AyresVoice is a company which offers a slew of services assisting its clientele in securing employment.  AyresVoice founder, Jai Cook, discounted her services so that she could assist a broader cross section of the community.  Cook states that the resumes are so important these days “since you cannot get in front of a hiring manager and physically hand them your resume.  Your resume has to be interested enough to set you apart from the crowd.” 

Resume party participants should brought a printed copy of their resume to the event.  For $20 they had a session with a certified professional resume writer.  During this session, their resume will be reviewed for errors.  In addition, there will be mock interviews and tips on dressing for success.  The first 5 participants receivde free consultations.  There was a contest conducted on Instagram.  The winner received a resume gift certificate for services valued at $150. 

Headlines Barber Shop started an initiative last year to give back to the Charlotte community on a regular basis.   Derrick Bennett, Headlines Barber Shop’s owner, feels that “with so many people having job issues, a resume is the first and most import step to securing a better job and a better life.  For this reason, I knew that partnering with AyresVoice for this event was a no brainer.” 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank on Spratt Street in Charlotte.

Please direct questions to headlines08@gmail.com or (704) 537-1510.  For more information on Ayre’s Voice, visit http://www.jaispeaks2u.com/

 

The Gentlemen’s League Awards Scholars

The Gentlemen’s League Awards Scholars

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Headlines Barbershop participated in a community service event to celebrate 2 young men who made the honor roll.  The Gentlemen’s League organized the event.

The Gentlemen’s League is an organization devoted to encouraging “at – risk” minority boys to excel in school.

The event was held at Whitewater Middle School in Charlotte, NC on March 17th.  Headlines Barbershop provided free haircuts to the honorees.  For more information about the Gentlemen’s League, visit http://thegentlemensleague.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/

There were two boys who received haircuts as part of the event: Jamirious Mooney an 8th grader, and Marquavious Townsend, a 7th grader.  The gentlemen’s league encompasses 55 adolescent males. Its purpose is to educate, empower, and enrich black males. Founder, Archie Moss Jr says “I started the gentlemen’s league because I see myself in these boys every single day.  When I walk through the halls I see myself; the misguided, misinformed, black male. My purpose is to serve as a positive, black male role model, and to let the boys know they can and will be successful.” 

Headlines Barbershop’s participation in this “give back” event is just one in a series of events in an initiative that the barbershop started last year.  The purpose of the initiative is to give back to the Charlotte community.

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FoodBank

CHARLOTTE, NC – Headlines Barbershop donated $1128 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina on Spratt St.  The Barbershop held a fundraiser on September 15th at Reedy Creek Park.  The event, dubbed “The Cookout with a Cause”, was full of family fun with lots of games, music, food and fun—all for free. Attendees were in the giving spirit as they participated in a silent auction, raffles and straight donations to raise money to benefit the Food Bank. Headlines Barbershop owner, Derrick Bennett said, “Its important for all of us to give—no matter how much.  When we all work together, we can make a big impact.” 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides food to families in need in the greater Charlotte area.  The food bank relies heavily upon donations to make up 88% of its annual budget.  With this donation, Second Harvest can purchase nearly 8,000 pounds of food for the local Charlotte community.

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Photo Credit: Ty Hamilton Photography

 

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Shout Outs

 

Business Donations

Big thanks for the following businesses for their donations and their commitment to the Charlotte community.

Special thanks to all of the individuals to attended the cookout and made this donation possible!