Nonprofit Social Calendar

BY Shawna Westerfield

Wrightsville Beach Magazine is pleased to present our semi-annual look at the Azalea Coast charitable events occurring this spring and summer. Please take a moment to learn more about these fundraisers and charities that impact so many lives in our area then mark your calendars and get involved.

The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Legends 2011 Induction Banquet

May 1 | University of North Carolina Wilmington Burney Center

The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will kick off its weekend festivities with a golf tournament held at the Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest on April 30. Players have a chance to win luxury prizes like a new car on each par three hole if they make a hole-in-one. On May 1 the 2011 hall of fame inductees Sheila Boles Bill Dooley David Esposito and Wilver Dornel “Pops” Stargell (posthumously) will be honored in the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. These individuals have made a significant impact on the caliber of athletics in the Greater Wilmington area. A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. with an opportunity to interview the inductees followed by a reception and silent auction at
5 p.m. and the induction ceremony and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The emcee will be Mark Packer better known as the “Packman.” Golf tournament registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and tee time is 10 a.m. For more information call (910) 795-1225 visit or contact Dick Jones at the Wilmington Family YMCA at (910) 251-9622 ext. 228.

Flip-Flop Fling

May 6 | Southport Community Center

The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross benefits from this fun informal beach-themed soiree featuring the steel drum band the Sea Pans. Food is provided by Murphy Farms and Coastal Catering plus an open beverage bar. Guests will compete in the best flip-flop contest and in other games for prizes. The party starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online by visiting

Paw Jam

May 7 | Battleship Park

In its 10th year P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Worth Saving) of North Carolina will once again host Paw Jam an all-day event featuring live entertainment pet-related vendors and contests arts crafts and plenty of food and beverages. Several thousand people are expected to attend this always-popular event. Last year more than $20 000 was raised to support local nonprofit animal rescue groups. Entrance fee for humans is $5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All leashed pets are admitted free. For more information visit or call (910) 232-1165.

YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Dinner

May 12 | Coastline Convention Center

Celebrate Women at the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards. This signature event celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of women and young leaders in southeastern North Carolina. Honorees will be recognized for notable achievements in their fields exemplary service to their communities and schools and willingness to take leadership positions on issues that have an impact on the Cape Fear area. Since 1985 this event has honored 223 women and awarded college scholarships to 64 young leaders in Brunswick Columbus New Hanover and Pender counties. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. For more information visit or call (910) 799-6820.

JDRF Hope Gala

May 14 | Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach

The eighth annual Hope Gala for the Wilmington office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a black-tie event that supports research for finding a cure for diabetes and its complications. Raising $320 000 last year this year JDRF will be honoring grandmothers of children with Type 1 diabetes. This years theme Past Present and Future illustrates that grandmothers are representatives of our past very often connected to the present by providing care and support and part of the future for their passion to find a cure for loved ones impacted by Type 1 diabetes. Hundreds of guests are expected to attend the elegant evening featuring gourmet dining music and dancing. Lee Ducat one of the original founders of JDRF is the guest speaker. The evening begins at 6 p.m. For more information call (910) 509-9899 or visit

CFCC Gift of Education Luncheon

May 19 | Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center

Cape Fear Community College will host its seventh annual Changing Lives Through the Gift of Education luncheon to raise money for student scholarships. Last year more than 600 community guests in attendance donated more than $200 000 providing funds for more than 150 student scholarships. The event will feature poignant stories from students and brief remarks from a keynote speaker. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. For more information and to reserve a seat call (910) 362-7207 or visit

Wilmingtons Epicurean Evening to Benefit the Methodist Home for Children

September 1 | Wilmington Convention Center Grand Ballroom

For the fifth year this grand black-tie gala will feature food tastings from local chefs and restaurants as well as live and silent auction packages. Culinary awards will be given to participants for best food in different categories. The highest award the Copper Kettle given to the best of the best will proudly be displayed in the winning restaurant for a year. Proceeds from the event will help fund programs for Wilmington children and families in need. Tables of 10 are available for $1 000 and may be purchased in advance by calling event chair Missy Sumrell at (910) 793-6343 ext. 10 or (910) 264-9222 or by calling Regina R. Hawse development officer of the Methodist Home for Children at (910) 471-6088 or by visiting

Spelling Bee for Literacy

September 15 | Scottish Rite Temple

A fun-filled tradition Cape Fear Literacy Councils Spelling Bee for Literacy pits three-person adult spelling teams against each other to win the coveted Bee Trophy to showcase at their office or place of business for a year. Sponsors and team members include area businesses professionals and civic groups throughout the Cape Fear region. Local celebrity emcees encourage good-natured competition and keep the laughs coming. Proceeds benefit CFLCs adult literacy programs. For more information visit or call (910) 251-0911.

Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Exchange Club Center Annual Gala

September 30 | Shell Island Resort Wrightsville Beach

The CAPP Center annual gala includes dinner and auctions both live and silent. The event raises money to empower families to help ensure healthy environments in which children thrive and to find ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. For more information visit or call (910) 791-1057 ext.17.

March of Dimes 2011 Signature Chefs Auction

September/October (TBA) | Location (TBA)

This event will feature samples of signature dishes from Wilmingtons premier restaurants and chefs as well as live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes mission: preventing premature birth birth defects and infant mortality. For more information call (910) 452-1515.

Secret Garden Tour

October 7-8 | Latimer House

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Societys Secret Garden Tour benefits the Latimer House and gardens where it begins and includes other prominent home sites. The Latimer House located on Third Street in historic downtown Wilmington was built in 1852. Two-day tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit or call (910)762-0492.

Golf FORE Literacy Tournament

October 10 | Cape Fear National Golf Club

Come enjoy friendly competition as the Cape Fear Literacy Council hosts the third annual Golf FORE Literacy Tournament. Businesses and individuals can sign up in teams of four and compete for a variety of great prizes. All proceeds go to CFLCs adult literacy programs. For more information visit or call (910) 251-0911.

NHRMC 14th Annual Pink Ribbon Project Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

October 13 | Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach

Since its inception in 1998 the Pink Ribbon Project has raised more than $1.2 million to bring comfort and support to local women undergoing treatment for cancer by funding projects such as the Pink Ribbon comfort bags and mammograms for women without health insurance or other financial resources. The 2010 event raised more than $180 000 and the 2011 event continues the tradition. Three opportunities to participate include breakfast at 8 a.m. lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with a featured speaker at each meal. Artist Abby Spangel Perry will lend her talents to the event as well as local musical favorite Bibis Ellison. An author will be announced soon.

Email [email protected] for more information or call the foundation office at (910) 815-5002.

2011 Cape Fear Heart Walk

October 15 | University of North Carolina Wilmington Athletic Fields

The Cape Fear Heart Walk sponsored by local businesses will take place on the UNCW campus in loving memory of Windell Daniels and others who have lost their lives fighting heart disease. This year more than 1 000 walkers are expected to join 2011 chair Jeff James CEO of Wilmington Health in the fight against strokes and heart-related diseases. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information call Ashley Miller at (910) 528-9270.

Airlie Gardens Annual Low Country Oyster Roast

October 21 | Airlie Gardens

Airlies popular Low Country Oyster Roast benefits the Airlie Gardens Environmental Education Program. Enjoy oysters barbecue refreshments and more. The event will feature a popular local band and dancing all night long. Last year was a sold-out event. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information visit or call (910) 798-7700.

DREAMS Center for Arts Education 11th Annual DREAMS Presents

November 5 | Thalian Hall

This night of fabulous entertainment and epicurean delights benefits the DREAMS Center for Arts Education a nationally recognized award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth in need with high-quality free-of-charge programming in the creative visual and performing arts. The evening will showcase performances by the young artists who participate in the program a fabulous auction and art sale. Call (910) 772-1501 or email [email protected] for more information.

If your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has an event you would like WBM to include in the November 2011 issues Nonprofit Social Calendar please email details to [email protected]. Dates and locations are subject to change. Please check with the organizations closer to the event date for confirmation. Copyright 2011 Wrightsville Beach MagazineMay not be reproduced in any format without written permission from the publisher.