Nonprofit Social Calendar

BY Rachel Jackson

April 2013 through October 2013


March for Babies

April 6

Hugh MacRae Park

Join the March of Dimes in walking for stronger healthier babies on Saturday April 6. For 75 years its mission has been improving the health of newborns by preventing birth defects and premature births and by decreasing infant mortality rates. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. After the walk stick around for food and childrens activities! For more information visit:


Wrightsville Beach Museum of History Wright Holman Shrimperoo

April 7

Lumina Hall Wrightsville Beach

Enjoy fresh boiled shrimp and live music at the Wright Holman Shrimperoo hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Hang out with friends enjoy a seafood feast and support local history. Tickets are now available at the museum from board members and online at:


10th Annual Good Shepherd Center Golf Tournament

April 8

Country Club of Landfall

In celebration of its 30th anniversary Good Shepherd will host its annual golf tournament on the Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall. This event has raised more than $750 000 for Good Shepherd Center programs since 2003. There will also be a silent auction raffle and dinner at CCL as part of the event. Sign-in for preregistered golfers and sponsors will begin at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will open the event at noon. For more information contact Logan White (910) 763-4424 ext. 113 or visit:


12th annual Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Golden Hammer Pledge Breakfast

April 18

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Golden Hammer Pledge Breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event will showcase the organizations involvement in the community and testimonials from participants in the program. To save a seat or host a table call (910) 762-4744 or visit:


Make a Wish Presents Wine Women and Shoes

April 18

The Terraces on Sir Tyler

To benefit Eastern North Carolinas Make a Wish Foundation enjoy an evening of style at the Wine Women and Shoes fashion show. The event will feature designs from the Shoe Guys Diana and Kelly Lisa Mackey Comfortable Soles and more. Beverage samplings and savory food bites will be featured. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $50 each or purchase the Girlfriend Package (five tickets) for $200.  For more information contact Janis Netherland at (910) 399-1375 or visit:


17th Annual Landfall Foundation Gala

April 20          

Country Club of Landfall

The Landfall Foundation will host its 17th annual gala this spring themed after the Phantom of the Opera.  The event begins at 6 p.m. featuring food vocalists violinists dance ensembles and a live auction. This year a VIP Phantom Sponsorship is offered. Guests who participate at this level will enjoy concierge services a personal server select champagne and a commemorative gift. For more information email [email protected] or visit:


Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Fashion Show

April 24

Carrabbas Italian Grill

Come enjoy an afternoon of fun food and fashion at the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanitys annual fashion show. Habitat for Humanity has constructed and rehabilitated more than 145 homes for families in need throughout New Hanover Pender and northeastern Brunswick counties. This years fashion theme is Emerald City and tickets are $35 per person. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information call (910) 762-4744 or visit:


YWCA Stand Against Racism

April 26


Traditionally held on the last Friday in April Stand Against Racism is a nationwide movement with the goal of bringing people together across communities to raise awareness that racism still exists. All members of the public are invited to participate in celebrating diversity and are encouraged to contribute to conversations about race within the community. By bringing people together from different walks of life YWCA hopes to accomplish one goal eliminating racism. For more information call (910) 799-6820 or visit:


Domestic Violence Shelter Silent Auction and Fashion Show

April 26 

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Join the fight against domestic violence at the 21st annual silent auction and fashion show Friday April 26. For 27 years Domestic Violence Shelter and Services Inc. has enabled victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing shelter and support as well as public awareness and prevention programs. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person for lunch and $60 per person for dinner. For more information contact Diane Lomax at (910) 343-0703 or visit:


The Carousel Center for Abused Children Making Legends Local

April 27

Thalian Hall

The Carousel Center for Abused Children will hold its 10th annual Making Legends Local fundraiser Saturday April 27. This event is a chance to watch friends and family portray famous performers of the past and present. This years theme is  Thanks for the Memories and will feature legends such as Bob Hope Gene Kelly Harry Connick Jr. Donna Summer Celine Dion Whitney Houston Nat King Cole and many more. The red carpet reception held in Thalians ballroom will begin at 6 p.m. and the main stage show at 8 p.m. For more information please call (910) 254-9898 or visit:


Assistance League of Greater Wilmington Blue Jean Ball

May 3

Wilmington Convention Center

Enjoy a casual night of dancing and fun at the third annual Blue Jean Ball with the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. This years event is themed Bling at the Beach and is hosted by Frances Weller of WECT. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night will feature music from The Imitations and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 per person and the proceeds benefit children and families in need across the Greater Wilmington area. To reserve tickets call (910) 686-9507. For additional information about Assistance League of Greater Wilmington visit:


21st annual NHRMC Foundation Coastal Classic Golf Tournament

May 3-4 

Country Club of Landfall

During the past 19 years the Coastal Classic has raised more than $2.4 million for NHRMC to purchase equipment fund programs and provide important services for its patients. Game play begins at 9 a.m. Friday. Guests will enjoy a Pairings Party and silent auction Friday evening at 6:30. An afterparty will be held on Saturday after game play at the Hampton Inn Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach. For more information contact special events coordinator Jamie Thompson (910) 815-5002.


Mint Julep Jubilee

May 4

Popular Grove Plantation

The Junior League of Wilmington will host its fifth annual Mint Julep Jubilee a Kentucky Derby Celebration 4-9 p.m. Guests can look forward to a premiere social occasion as they help make their community a better place for children. Tickets are $50 per person which includes derby-themed beverages and a southern fare buffet. For more information call (910) 799-7450. To purchase tickets visit:


The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Induction Ceremony

May 4-5

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest   

The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at the Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest on May 4.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m. tee time is 10 a.m. On May 5 the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the University of North Carolina Wilmingtons Burney Center. The event begins with a reception and silent auction at 5 p.m. The ceremony and dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (910) 795-1225 email [email protected] or visit:


28th YWCA Women of Achievement Awards

May 9

Wilmington Convention Center

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear will hold its annual Women of Achievement Awards. This event has raised key support for the YWCAs programs and services which promote racial justice and gender equality for women and their families in southeastern North Carolina.  Registration and networking will begin at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. For more information please call Katie Tate at (910) 799-6820 ext. 104 or visit:


CFCC Foundation Gift of Education Luncheon

May 16

Schwartz Center at CFCC

As its biggest fundraiser of the year the ninth annual Gift of Education Luncheon will be held at Cape Fear Community College. The event will feature NASCAR legend Junior Johnson as the guest speaker. Donations will be made and announced at the end of the program. All proceeds go toward scholarships for students in need. For more information call (910) 362-7207 or visit:


10th Annual JDRF Hope Gala

May 18

Wilmington Convention Center

This years gala is themed Unmask a Cure A Venetian Masquerade Ball and the dress is black tie and mask attire. The evenings festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Guests will enjoy an open bar dinner raffle live music by Phase Band as well as silent and live auctions. Presentation of the 2013 Living and Giving Award will go to Dr. Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill. For more information call JDRF at (910) 509-9899 or visit:


Good Shepherd Footprints in the Sand Beach Party

May 19

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Come celebrate 30 years of feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless with Good Shepherd during the Footprints in the Sand Beach Party. Beginning at 3 p.m. hundreds of guests will enjoy hors doeuvres live music drinks and special prizes. Three major raffle prizes will be awarded and guests will receive a complimentary gift for attending. For more information contact Logan White (910) 763-4424 ext. 113.


Wilmington Symphony 16th Annual Golf Classic

May 21

Eagle Point Golf Club

Join the Wilmington Symphony for its 16th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting the symphony and its youth education programs. Participants will play on the exclusive 18-hole course designed by Thomas Fazio and listed as No. 67 on Golf Digests Americas 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Breakfast and registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to enter visit:


Kids Making It Hippie Ball

June 29

Brooklyn Arts Center

Dont miss a chance to kick it hippie style with Kids Making It a local nonprofit organization that focuses on woodworking mentoring programs for at-risk youth. This years ball will be held at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington at 6 p.m. Join a fun-filled evening of great food from Bon Appetite drinks and 60s music by the Steady Eddies. For more information call (910) 763-6001 or visit:


Cape Fear Literacy Council Literacy Luncheon

August 1

Pine Valley United Methodist Church

The Cape Fear Literacy Council will hold its annual Literacy Luncheon at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All proceeds support the groups mission to provide individualized literacy services so that adults and their families in the Cape Fear region can meet their goals and develop their potential. To save a seat or host a table contact CFLC at [email protected] or call (910) 251-0911.


7th Annual Epicurean Evening to Benefit the Methodist Home for Children

August 22

Wilmington Convention Center

For the seventh year in a row this black-tie gala will feature delicious food from local epicureans. Guests will vote for the Peoples Choice Awards and bid on a selection of items and packages in silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Methodist Home for Children a nonprofit organization that works to insure the safety of children. For more information contact Regina R. Hawse at (910) 471-6088 or visit:


Wrightsville Beach Museums Lumina Daze

August 25

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

This evening of fun will benefit Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and will feature presentations on themes relating to Wrightsville Beach history as well as music from The Imitations and other beach style artists. There will also be a live auction in addition to the annual silent auction. Items up for grabs include a wide assortment of fine art services and specialties from local businesses. For more information call (910) 256-2569 or visit:


Last Chance to Wear White Pants Gala

August 30

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation will host its annual gala at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. The theme of this years event is You Only Live Once and will feature live entertainment. Guests will also enjoy a live auction featuring bucket list items like scuba diving and surf and horseback riding lessons. Tickets are $100. A special package includes a guest room at the Hilton. For more information please contact Tracey Kellogg at (910) 796-7962 or [email protected]


March of Dimes 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Run

August 31

Trysports Event Field at Mayfaire

Join the March of Dimes in running for healthier babies at the annual 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Run. All proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the March of Dimes. For more information about entry fees or general questions email Cathleen Helin at [email protected] or visit:


Spelling Bee for Literacy

September 19 

United Methodist Church

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. Proceeds benefit CFLCs adult literacy programs. For more information call (910) 251-0911 or visit:


10th Annual Secret Garden Tour

September 20-21

Latimer House and Wilmington Historic District

The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear presents its 10th annual Secret Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the hidden gardens within Wilmingtons Historic District while helping preserve these historical sites. All proceeds will benefit the 1852 Latimer House Museum and Gardens located on Third Street in historic downtown Wilmington. For more information call (910) 762-0492 or visit:


Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association Shrimperoo

September 27

ProBuild Construction

Join the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association at its Shrimperoo Elected Officials & Candidates Too! event from 4:30-7 p.m. Dont miss the opportunity to network and mingle with elected officials and candidates over peel-and-eat shrimp BBQ pork red potatoes corn on the cob coleslaw desserts and more. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP by calling (910) 799-2611 or visit:


Thalian Association 225th Anniversary Gala

September 28

Thalian Hall

As part of its 225th anniversary celebration the Thalian Association will host a gala before the opening show of the 2013-14 season. The event will start at 6 p.m. in the ballroom at Thalian Hall before the performance of the main stage show at 8 p.m. (TBA). For more information call (910) 251-1788 or visit:


NHMRC Foundation Pink Ribbon Luncheon

October 3

Wilmington Convention Center

As part of its Pink Ribbon Project the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation will host its annual Pink Ribbon luncheon at 11:30 a.m. This years event will feature New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin. Other events in this years festivities include a cocktail party celebration at the Country Club of Landfall with Wilmingtons favorite performer Bibis Ellison on November 1. For more information call (910) 815-5002 or email [email protected]


17th Annual Child Advocacy and Parenting Gala

October 4

Country Club of Landfall

Guests attending this years gala can expect a spectacular evening of fun food and music. Themed after Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the dress code will be cocktail attire so leave your tuxedos at home! Beginning at 6 p.m. the night will include live and silent auctions and feature Miamis Best Event/Corporate DJ Jody McDonald. Sponsorships start at $500 which include two tickets and a program listing. For more information contact Linda Wilson (910) 232-5556.


Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association Annual Fall Hammer & Nails Golf Invitational

October 11

Cape Fear National Golf Course

Beginning at 11 a.m. join the WCFHBA for a day of golf networking and fun. The tournament will include 1st 2nd and 3rd place prizes in three flights as well as giveaways and raffles. Entry includes lunch and the awards reception. Members entry fee is $125 or $500 per team nonmembers $150 per person or $600 per team. For more information call (910) 799-2611 or visit:


DREAMS Presents

October 12

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Fabulous entertainment and epicurean delights benefit 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. Beginning at 6 p.m. the evening will showcase performances by the young artists who participate in the program and will include local entertainment food wine a fabulous auction and more. Call (910) 772-1501 or email [email protected] for details.


Cape Fear Heart Walk

October 19

UNCW Athletic Fields

The Cape Fear Heart Walk sponsored by local businesses will take place on the University of North Carolina Wilmington athletic fields in loving memory of Windell Daniels and others who have lost their lives to heart disease. This year more than 1 800 walkers are expected to join 2013 chair Davis Parks of NHRMCs Heart Center Wells Fargo Bank and Wilmington Market president 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.


Good Shepherd 30th Anniversary Black Tie Ball

October 26

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Join Good Shepherd at its final event of the year to celebrate its 30 years of service to the community. This black-tie event will host approximately 300 supporters. Guests will enjoy dinner drinks live music and a silent auction. For more information contact Logan White (910) 763-4424 ext. 113 or visit: