“Thank you!” – My Intern Experience – Ella

January 1, 2018

PFO has been my passion since I first learned about it in 6th grade. I joined as soon as I could, and my love for PFO only grew as I learned more and more about what it is. However, nothing prepared me for how amazing an internship with PFO would be! I started my internship […]

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October 17, 2017

This past month, I had the amazing opportunity to once more participate in an awesome event called Night of Gratitude. Night of Gratitude (NOG) is an event where teens in PFO honor 10 individuals for their philanthropy and impact in the Charlotte community through teen-created music, spoken word, and dance. The main thing I was […]

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“I wish I’d had PFO when I was a teen!”

September 1, 2017

From the Desk of the Development Manager: “I wish I’d had PFO when I was a teen!” I know it’s a familiar sentiment for many of you, and it was one of my first thoughts when I began to dig into the Playing for Others program to prep for my interview with Jen. What if […]

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Here’s to an amazing year ahead!

July 28, 2017

Jeremiah and I are so excited to share with you a little bit of our experiences as CoPresidents so far – thanks for reading! In mid-June we held our annual Leadership Retreats, where teens serving as a PFO CoChair or Small Group Leader receiving training to prepare them for the year ahead. CoChairs work directly […]

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It’s an AWESOME Party!

February 17, 2016

If you’re going to jump, you might as well leap.

I saw my first show at age 9. I sat on the cafeteria floor mesmerized. It was the first spark among many that would alter the course of my life and – ultimately – change, transform and save lives.

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Anything is possible

October 27, 2015

Anything is possible, regardless of condition or circumstance.

I’m running around our backyard. The white picket fence surrounds beautifully maintained grass, and I can smell the flowers from the flower garden and see the vegetable garden that is taller than I am. I’m wearing my favorite purple sundress with ice cream cones embroidered on the front. When I put on my purple sundress with the ice cream cones on the front, I can do anything. It is my superhero cape, my magic wand, my go-to outfit. My blonde hair is cut right below my chin, and I have bangs straight across my forehead, courtesy of my Dad and his scissors.
I’m 6 years old, and I have a secret.

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PFO Annual Retreat in a nutshell

August 18, 2015

79 teens. 17 adults. 10 alumni core volunteers. 4 days. Infinite connections.

And that’s the PFO Annual Retreat in a nutshell! We like to say that PFO is ‘Camp meets Corporate America,’ and that spirit was definitely evident throughout our four days of dance parties, presentations, relay races, workshops, water gun fights, seminars and paint-splattered scavenger hunts.

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A Note from our Staff

July 13, 2015

Where is our summer going?! We just looked up, and somehow, we’re a month away from the Playing for Others Annual Retreat!  There’s much to do, but first – check out what we got up to at Leadership Retreats in June! The PFO staff spent two amazing weeks by the lake with our Committee Co-Chairs, […]

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