BestofNorthCarolina.com Presents Their Inaugural 'Carolina Beach Bash' to Benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Online community ties their announcement of the top rated North Carolina Beach to a party that will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a day of food, fun and prizes at The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC

“JDRF is pleased to partner with BestofNorthCarolina.com and The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne for this fun event. We hope that in addition to having a great time at a great venue, it will increase awareness about diabetes and JDRF’s mission

BestofNorthCarolina.com, the online social community that focuses on the best North Carolina has to offer, as determined by the people who live, work, and travel to the state, is presenting their inaugural “Carolina Beach Bash” to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, Saturday May 22nd, 3 PM –Midnight. As a follow up to their “Best Quest” for North Carolina barbecue earlier this year, the community is currently polling its members to determine what beach North Carolinians feel is the best in the state. The winner will be announced at the event. One lucky member of the community will be selected at random to win $500 in cash.

“JDRF is pleased to partner with BestofNorthCarolina.com and The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne for this fun event. We hope that in addition to having a great time at a great venue, it will increase awareness about diabetes and JDRF’s mission of finding a cure for the millions of Americans whose lives are impacted by this disease,” said Laura Maciag, Executive Director of the Charlotte Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The party itself is open to the public and will include a pig pickin’ supplied by BestofNorthCarolina.com columnist and Charlotte restaurateur, Zach Goodyear, and sweet tea provided by Newk’s Express Café. The Aloft, along with providing a terrific venue, will offer drink specials including a their “Carolina Cooler”. In addition to the food and beverages, there will be plenty of games, fun and classic Carolina beach music played over The Aloft’s state of the art sound system. There will also be the opportunity to enter into a raffle where attendees can win prizes donated by businesses throughout All proceeds will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina to help fund diabetes research.

“After all of the snow this winter, we wanted to have our second “Best Quest” help our community focus on warmer things and getting ready for one of our state’s favorite summer pastimes, relaxing at the beach. We chose to have the event in Charlotte this year because wanted to try and bring the beach to those not fortunate enough to live on the coast. By partnering with Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, we will be able to create a beach environment in the Piedmont,” said Hillary Ryland, BestofNorthCarolina.com’s Editor-in-Chief. “As we learned from our barbecue “Best Quest,” earlier this year, North Carolinians are passionate about sharing the BEST our state has to offer. By being able to channel that passion toward helping a great cause like JDRF, our community members can directly enhance the lives of children across North Carolina.”

For those interested in learning more, press inquiries or to participate in the event, please feel free to contact Kevin Grennan, Vice President of Marketing, BestofNorthCarolina.com. In addition those who are considering traveling to the event can click here and find special rates.

To vote for the best beach in North Carolina and enter the drawing, please participate in the “Best Quest”

About Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, owned by Bissell Hotels, opened in October 2009 and is positioned to be the first LEED certified Aloft hotel in the Carolinas. Overlooking the first hole of The Golf Club at Ballantyne, the 136-room Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne is centered in Ballantyne Corporate Park, home to the offices of numerous Fortune 500 companies and just minutes from both uptown Charlotte and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. For more information, please call 704.247.2222 or visit http://www.alofthotels.com/charlotteballantyne.

About The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in FY2009. Please visit http://www.jdrf.org

About BestofNorthCarolina.com
BestofNorthCarolina.com, a product of Hyper-Localized Media, LLC , is the premier online hyper-local search and social media community focused entirely on the state of North Carolina. It is dedicated to identifying the BEST things and places as identified by the people who live, work, and travel to the state of North Carolina. Being part of the community is free, and members both review and determine which businesses, services, attractions and activities are featured. In addition, members are eligible for prize drawings, discounts and VIP specials. Please visit http://www.bestofnorthcarolina.com

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