CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will host the Second Annual Ballantyne Area Candidates Forum & Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Ballantyne Corporate Park at North Community House Field.
Fun for the whole family, the event will provide this year's political candidates the opportunity to address the public in a casual setting.
The Ballantyne Breakfast Club encourages the public to come out and meet local and congressional candidates running for office in the November 2 general election. The event will also feature a chili cook off with 15 to 20 community groups and restaurants serving free chili samples. The Charlotte Fire Department, Ballantyne Rotary Club, Gallery Restaurant, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Newk’s Café, Creole’s, RE/MAX, Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter, Golden Properties, Steve Moore Chevrolet, Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff Office and Morrison YMCA are some of the participating organizations this year. A representative from Johnson & Wales University will judge the cook off with winners announced during the event.
The event will be held rain or shine at North Community House Field, located on the corner of North Community House Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Sponsors for this year’s event include RE/MAX, The UPS Store in Ballantyne Commons East, Steve Moore Chevrolet, PLTECH, AAA Car Care Center, Bob Rucho and Buffalo’s Southwest Café. In-Kind sponsors include Chick-fil-A, Ballantyne Business Center, Monkey Joes, Matthews Costco, Morrison YMCA, Bissell Companies and Newk’s Café.
While admission is free, attendees are encouraged to support the community by bringing a canned food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Ballantyne Breakfast Club was formed in 2001 by Ray Eschert with the goal to provide Ballantyne area residents, business leaders, developers, elected officials and service providers an open forum for the exchange of information. The Ballantyne Breakfast Club meets six times a year at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Complimentary coffee and light refreshment are served. The meetings are open to all and free to attend. For more information on the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, please visit its website at www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.
Ballantyne Corporate Park is deeply committed to community based initiatives. In addition to coordinating the annual Ballantyne Area Candidates Forum & Chili Cook Off, Ballantyne Corporate Park holds an annual food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, an annual School Tools Drive for Classroom Central and quarterly blood drives. Ballantyne Corporate Park is also home to multiple charity runs and walks that raise money for many local non-profit organizations.
Ballantyne Corporate Park, a 535- acre master planned office and first-class business community in south Charlotte, currently includes more than 3 million square feet of Class “A” office space. The Bissell Family of Companies owns and operates Ballantyne Corporate Park, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, Staybridge Suites at Ballantyne, Courtyard by Marriott Ballantyne, aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, Dana Rader Golf School, Ballantyne Magazine and Ballantyne Business Center. For more information on activities in the Ballantyne area, please visit www.go-ballantyne.com.