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WHOLESOME FAMILY FUN Everything Polish
EVERY YEAR St. Stanislaus Church in Castle Hayne holds a Polish Festival,
a family-friendly, fun-filled event that attracts thousands to the church
grounds. Festivalgoers enjoy authentic Polish food, a craft sale,
and lots of children’s activities and entertainment including The
Chardon Polka Band.
The 2018 festival was not held because of damage and flooding caused
by Hurricane Florence.
This year’s festival is scheduled for Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
4849 Castle Hayne Road. Admission and parking are free, with food
and drink available for purchase. Authentic Polish food will include
kielbasa, pierogi, golabki, placki ziemniaczane, kruschiki, kolachki,
nut rolls, poppyseed rolls and strudel (with sugar-free varieties
The church was founded in 1907 by three families.
Seven years later the growing group obtained 10 acres
to build a mission church through a donation of the
Hugh MacRae Development Company. St. Stanislaus
remained a mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in
Wilmington until 1933. — Pat Bradford
HALL OF FAME GREAT Hope Through Rescue
LUMINARIES from sports and entertainment will mix with community lead-ers
the Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament, scheduled
from Nov. 8-10 at the Country Club of Landfall.
The 17th annual event, held by the Willie Stargell Foundation, raises funds
to fight kidney disease. About 200 golfers are expected for the tournament. Many
more will attend the opening reception, auction dinner and dance, and awards
Willie “Pops” Stargell enjoyed a Hall-of-Fame career with baseball’s Pittsburgh
Pirates from 1962-1982. The Wilmington resident died in 2001 after years of suffer-ing
from a kidney disorder. His widow, Margaret Weller-Stargell, established the
foundation after his death to give hope through research, patient care and treat-ment.
The New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s dialysis center was renamed
after Stargell in recognition of the foundation’s support.
The tournament and related events are major fundraisers for the foundation.
Last year’s event raised $150,000 that was distributed to local hospitals, charities,
and scholarship and patient-need programs, including a $50,000 grant from bas-ketball
great Michael Jordan awarded to New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Foundation. Other recipients were the University of North Carolina Wilmington
and Cape Fear Community College nursing scholarship programs, the UNC Kidney
Center, and Vidant Health Foundation.
Those needing assistance with medications or travel expenses to and from medi-cal
facilities can apply to the foundation for aid. — Edward Wills
Emily and Jake Kouwe of The Chardon Polka
The Willie Stargell Foundation will host
sport and entertainment celebrities for
its annual fundraising golf tournament
Nov. 8-12 at the Country Club of Landfall.
Stargell played Major League Baseball with
the Pittsburgh Pirates for 20 years. He died
in 2001 from kidney disease.
WBM november 2019
WILLIE STARGELL FOUNDATION