International Day of Charity

Ivester Jackson agents are passionate about real estate and they’re also dedicated to a number of charities and causes in their communities that touch their hearts and change lives for the better.

From pediatric cardiology to cancer survivor support, impoverished children, and communities in need, our agents support many wonderful organizations and we’d like to share them with you on this International Day of Charity.

Healing Dragons of Charlotte, a non-profit organization, empowers cancer survivors and supporters to be courageous through the team sport of dragon boat paddling. Their vision is to provide a restorative path for cancer survivors and supporters to achieve emotional and physical wellness. Healing Dragons is based out of Cornelius and practices on Mountain Island Lake. Founded in 2009, the team has won numerous awards each year while competing in races primarily in the southeast. The breast cancer survivor team also competed in Florence, Italy in 2018 and in international races in the US. 

As president of Healing Dragons of Charlotte, Ivester Jackson Agent Pam Boileau is honored to spearhead the leadership of this amazing organization. She’s been a board member for several years and president for three. Pam joined the team ten years ago and it is one of the best decisions she has ever made. The team, mission, and sport are great fun, supportive, and physically challenging.

Be Fearless! Stay Strong! Paddles Up!
For more information on Healing Dragons, visit their website here.

The Pop Up Holiday House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit was founded in 2018 by Tracy Pray Bradshaw. The intent of this annual holiday event is to unite neighbors and local businesses to raise needed funds and awareness for The Children’s Homes of Iredell County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the needs of local foster care children from infants to age 19.

They serve as a significant fundraising arm to provide Christmas, birthday gifts, and school-related supplies to local foster care children in our area.

Each November our ensemble of team members, local Charlotte interior designers, decorators, stagers, food & bakery vendors, home merchants, retailers, influencers, and corporate sponsors unite to transform a selected luxury home into a holiday inspired and decorated showcase home that we open to the public to tour in exchange for an admittance ticket. The annual event has raised over $52,000 to date, for The Children’s Homes of Iredell County.
You can find out more information on The Pop Up Holiday House on through social media (@popupholidayhouse), or through founder Tracy Pray Bradshaw. (, or @gobradshaw)

For families of babies born with congenital heart disease, there’s help – and hope – through the HEARTest Yard. Formed by Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and his wife Kara after their son was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, The HEARTest Yard provides healthcare support and services to ease the transition from the hospital to home.

Through a partnership between the Greg Olsen Foundation and Atrium Health Foundation, the HEARTest Yard Fund offers a range of services, including in-home private nursing care, physical therapy, and speech therapy, at no charge to families. The program ultimately aims to help prevent children’s complications from congenital heart disease and improve their long-term health.

Lisa is very involved with The HEARTest Yard, fundraising throughout the year, and supports a golf team during the annual tournament.

“The HEARTest Yard is dear to my heart because I know the Olsen family personally and have been aware of their struggles with TJ’s congenital heart defect.  They have poured their heart and soul into raising money so other children with congenital heart defects can receive the care they need.  The Olsens are an inspiration to many and I’m so blessed to be part of their annual Golf fundraising event!”

Lisa McCrossan

To connect with The HEARTest Yard, please call (704.381.3949), or click here for more information.

Lisa McCrossan is also an avid supporter of Turning Point. Turning Point is a women’s and children’s shelter in Union County.  “I have been hosting a Christmas party to benefit Turning Point since 2017.  My guests are asked to bring a donation or gifts and we give it all to Turning Point.  For the last two years, I’ve added an auction: decorated Christmas trees are donated and the guests bid for the trees with all proceeds going to Turning Point.  We have raised more than 25K and have donated numerous gifts, gift cards, and clothing items.”

For more information on Turning Point, please click here.

Children’s Hope Alliance is committed to helping families of all shapes, sizes, and definitions through different community-based services. Their comprehensive programs give hope to North Carolina’s children and families by providing hope for a safe home, a pathway to healing, and a healthy start.

Last year, Jackie Morgan and Nancy Hannon hosted a Christmas fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hope Alliance. Different vendors from community businesses donated decorations, food, and their time. Services and gifts were auctioned off as a fundraiser, and an adopt-a-child Christmas gift drive was also set up. Through this event, and a partner drive with Lake Norman Elementary School, over 50 children in the community received gifts for the holidays.

For more information on the Children’s Hope Alliance, visit their website here.

Erika Mendoza is a supporter of Neighborhood Hope, a Charlotte-based charity. Neighborhood Hope fights to help Charlotteans struggling with poverty break out and change their lives through mentoring and assistance. Neighborhood Hope invests in communities in Charlotte by earning trust, becoming family, and creating a consistent loving environment. They’ve experienced that change only happens when you create it with people, not for them. They believe in the beauty that already exists in these neighborhoods that are often forgotten and overlooked. Their priority is always building relationships first, and then we put an emphasis on programs.

Families need mediators and kids need mentors, they fill those needs by holding 75% of their programs in the communities they partner with. The volunteer mentors play a huge role in building deep and meaningful relationships with families in our neighborhoods. Neighborhood Hope’s goal is to expand our programs into more neighborhoods in Charlotte and help lead a movement of change that destroys the negative narratives that are so prevalent.

For more information on Neighborhood Hope, or to make a donation, visit their website here.

Ivester Jackson agent Melissa Turney may spend her days helping clients find their dream homes, but for the past four years, her nights, weekends, and even early mornings have been spent with the W.A. Hough High School Band. Melissa has served as the Band Booster Vice President and President over the past four years. She has chaperoned countless trips, built props, served dozens of meals, organized social events, and even searched the football locker room looking for a generator. Melissa has gone above and beyond in her dedication to the kids, and the Hough Band program. Although many people often ask her how she makes time for all of it, she says it’s been worth every second because she has gotten so much in return for what she’s given the band. 

“Music education, and all the arts programs, are crucial to the success of so many of our young people. Supporting those groups is something I always want to be a part of, even when my kids have left school and gone on to do other things. The arts are a place where everyone can feel included and supported, and often find the family they couldn’t find in other activities. It’s so important to so many students and has made a difference in countless young lives.” 

-Melissa Turney

For more information on the Bands of Hough High School, visit their website here.

Welcome Home Veterans is a volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans. Welcome Home Veterans is located at Richard’s Coffee Shop, where it’s “more than just coffee”. Inside, you’ll find an impressive military museum, gift shop, cafe, and primarily, a special place for camaraderie amongst veterans and community members. WHV assists veterans in need through a wide variety of means. WHV offers free coffee for veterans every Thursday from 8 AM – 1 PM. 

Chris and Dana have actively supported the local military veteran community since 2017. Dana, an Air Force Veteran, has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. 

For more information on Welcome Home Veterans, click here.

Several Ivester Jackson Agents are involved with the Homeowner’s Impact Fund. The Homeowners Impact Fund, a designated 501(c)3 nonprofit, invites participants who are in the home closing process to donate to local organizations working to lift men, women, and children out of homelessness. Their belief is that “when you harness the power of community, you can weather any storm.”

Everyone involved in each home transaction is asked to donate a gift of $10 or more to the Homeowners Impact Fund. This includes the agents, buyer, seller, lender, title company, and closing attorney, for a goal of collecting $70 or more per closing. Laura Pegram, Lori Ivester Jackson and Lisa McCrossan are all very involved in this charity. Lisa McCrossan Serves as the Ivester Jackson Christie’s team captain for the Charlotte region, and Lori Ivester Jackson is the team captain for the Lake Norman region.

For more information on the Homeowner’s Impact Fund, or to make a donation, click here, or watch the video below.

All In Guatemala provides life-changing services to impoverished individuals in Guatemala. What started as a mission to build church services, the company did a 180 and started providing programs to fulfill everyday needs, like medical and dental care, clean water and safe cooking appliances, and technical skills to boost economic stability. In 2018, All In Guatemala formed its own 501c(3) non-profit. 

Melinda has been involved in All In Guatemala for over a decade. 

“I’ve been involved for the past 13 years in doing mission trips to Guatemala. I work on the medical team going to remote villages supplying basic medical needs and some dentistry. Our group also helps bring clean water to the villages and build vented stoves and help with small loans.”

Melinda Meade-White
Melinda Meade-White and All In Guatemala teammates in Guatemala

To find out more information on All In Guatemala, click here.

Laura Pegram is incredibly active in the community. She donates her time and funds to a vast variety of charities. She has served on the Town of Cornelius Land Development Code Advisory Board Member since 2015. She is also Founder’s Society Donor to the new Cain Center of the Arts in Cornelius.

Laura’s other charity involvements include:

Town of Cornelius Land Development Code Advisory Board – The Advisory Board, is made up of volunteers, appointed by the Town Board of Commissions. Laura was appointed to this position in 2015. The board works on a wide variety of issues that impact the community, as well as meeting with citizens for smaller issues and discussions. The last two years, Laura has been assisting map out the new Arts District in Cornelius.

The Kyle Larson Foundation – A charity dedicated to bringing people together and providing support to hands-on charitable organizations that benefit today’s youth, families and communities in need. Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports, has pledged to commit $5 per lap raced and $5,000 per top-5 finish he earns during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season toward the Kyle Larson Foundation’s DRIVE FOR 5 program. Kyle’s goal is to raise $500,000 in order to help fund 5 students, feed 5 families and benefit 5 communities. Laura is a donor and an avid supporter of this program.

Cool Kids Clubhouse- A charity that provides spaces, events and resources for children and families battling cancer. Movie nights, vacations, birthday parties and parent support groups are just some of the resources that Cool Kids Clubhouse offers families.

Veterans Advocacy and Benefits Association- Provides resources, benefits and information to veterans. They offer an efficient way for veterans to find information, and the resources that are available to them.

The Cain Center of The Arts- The Cain Center of The Arts, scheduled to open in late 2022, will be a 40,000 sqft facility, home to many art programs. Inside, there will be a theater seating 400, dance studios and art classrooms. The goal of the center is to build a stronger community through the power of the arts.

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