• Happy Holidays

    Hello everyone! 

    We hope you all have a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2018! 

    The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past while looking forward to the future. 2017 was a fun and informative year for PAK, filled with great meetings and events. 2017 has also been  a time of transition as Co-Founder and President Jodi Stokes retired. We are so sad to see her step down, but she will continue to attend PAK events. We are truly appreciative for all that Jodi has done for PAK. We are also grateful for her mentoring and for the trust she has in us to continue the PAK mission. 

    In 2018 you can expect more meetings and events for all ages! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements and save-the-dates. Get ready to be crafty,  get ready to relax, and get ready to have some fun! Those are all the hints you are going to get for now, just know that 2018 is going to be great!

    Thank you to all of you, our loyal PAK members. The allergy journey is not an easy one as you all know, but it is made easier when we all stick together and support each other. 

    We always appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.


    Happy Holidays!

    Randi, Heather, and Jen

  • Urban Air Adventure Park

    Sun, January 14, 20183:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Come to Urban Air Adventure Park at 9108 Lawyers Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227 

    imPAKt crew will be split into teams based on age and will participate in fun team-building and friendship-forming Ninja fun! Thanks to a grant from FARE, the cost per child has been reduced to $5/each. Please RSVP by sending the name and age of your child(ren) to info@pakcharlotte.org and click on http://www.pakcharlotte.org/donate. Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade may participate. Parents must remain at the event for its entirety. 

    Jump Socks are an additional $2.50 per child. However, if you have a pair of Jump Socks from another trampoline park or adventure park, you can trade them in and get Urban Air ones for free!

    We do not want the cost of this event to be cost prohibitive for your family. Please email info@pakcharlotte.org if you would like to attend. All information will be kept confidential.

    ***This event was made possible through a community award from  

    Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)*** 

  • New PAK Leadership Team!

    After 12 years of dedication, PAK’s co-founder and President, Jodi Stokes will be retiring. The new board is:

    Randi Eccleston, President: Randi has served on the PAK Board since 2014 as Vice President, Secretary, and Marketing Coordinator. Randi is the mom to two girls. Her youngest daughter was diagnosed with food allergies at the age of 3 ½. She wants to engage the food allergic community with substantive meetings and events for all ages while educating the nonallergic community about the seriousness of the condition.

    Heather Chait, Vice President: Heather has served as Camp ROAR Coordinator and on the FARE Walk Entertainment Committee since 2015. She has 2 children, and her daughter was diagnosed with food allergies 9 years ago. She would like to continue PAK’s mission and empower families dealing with food allergies.

    Jennifer Youse, Secretary: Jen has been a PAK Coordinator since 2010. She has 2 children, her oldest managing nut allergies. She has served as Volunteer Coordinator for many FARE Walks, as well as organizing meetings and events. She will continue her mission with the imPAKt crew.

    Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback by emailing us at info@pakcharlotte.org

    Message from outgoing President, Jodi Stokes

    After 12 beautiful years, I have decided to step down as PAK President. It has been my absolute honor to co-found and manage our incredible group of families. Your support has given so much to my family through the baby years when I didn’t know what to feed my son, to the toddler years when I was afraid to take him to the park…(or anywhere actually!) through the elementary years with the ups and downs of food challenges and now teen years...So why now? Many of you know we are a homeschooling family. Soon I will have both my sons in a High School Tutorial Program. I have taken a teaching position this upcoming school year. I feel it is the right time to allow for new leadership to add fresh ideas. PAK is in amazing hands… Randi Eccleston as President, Heather Chait as Vice-President and Jen Youse as Secretary, A phenomenal team that I have been blessed to work with for years. I will not be far...My family will continue to need the support and will participate in the imPAKt teen events. With the group as strong as it is now, I feel so grateful to be part of it! My love to you all!

  • Restaurant Food Allergy Training Advocacy: Meeting Nov 2!

    Help make our community SAFER! (Safe Allergy Free Eating in Restaurants) Join the group of PAK members working to bring legislation to NC to make it safer for people with food allergies to dine in restaurants. They are advocating for laws that require food allergy training for restaurant staff and clearer identification of major food allergens in menu items. Come to their next meeting  on Thursday, Nov 2 at 7:30 at Burton's Grill & Bar at 1601 E Woodlawn Rd A, Charlotte, NC 28209. RSVP required as they have a designated room. Please email ncsafer@gmail.com with how many attending, thank you! 

  • Adrenaline Rush Performing with Kyle Dine at the Walk!

    The imPAKt band, Adrenaline Rush will be performing at the FARE HEROES WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY THIS MONTH! Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm at Freedom Park The band has been practicing diligently to create a wonderful ensemble of tunes to be played with KYLE DINE, food allergy entertainer! Register to Walk as soon as possible so you don't miss a beat! http://fare.foodallergy.org/charlotte Special thanks to Tracie Rafferty Snyder for her mad skills doing the band logo!

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