Nonprofit Social Calendar

BY Michelle Mager




September 27 2014 through March 19 2015


 


DREAMS Presents: Celebrate- A Roast & Toast in Honor of Tracy Wilkes


September 27 2014


Hilton Wilmington Riverside


Tracy Wilkes who steps down as executive director of DREAMS Center for Arts Education after 18 years is the featured guest. The evening s festivities beginning at 6 pm include dining an art gallery student performances visual art exhibits a live auction and a toast and roast of the beloved founder. Individual reservations are $80. For more information contact Bonnie Gaynor at DREAMS 910-772-1501 or [email protected]


 


Wilmington Health Access for Teens Picnic with Purpose


October 9 2014


Blockade Runner Beach Resort


Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) hosts its eighth annual Picnic with Purpose luncheon from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Former Major League baseball player Trot Nixon is the featured guest. Proceeds benefit WHAT a community nonprofit organization providing area teens and young adults ages 11-24 access to medical mental and nutritional health services. Visit www.whatswhat.org or contact Mary Martin at [email protected] for more information.


 


Airlie Gardens  Oyster Roast


October 17 2014


Airlie Gardens


Enjoy oysters Carolina barbecue a fish fry and more at Airlie Gardens
Low Country Oyster Roast from 6-10 pm. Proceeds benefit Airlie s Environmental Education Program which provides learning opportunities in horticulture sustainable development and water quality to children and adults. The event features music by Heart Beat of Soul and Sea Pans. Tickets are $80 per person. For more information visit www.airliegardens.org or call 910-798-7709.


 


Cape Fear Heart Walk


October 18 2014


UNCW Athletic Track Field


Support heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the Cape Fear Heart Walk. Registration begins at 9 am and the walk starts at 10 am at the UNCW Athletic Track Field at the corner of Hamilton and Hurst drives across from Trask Coliseum. For more information visit capefearncheartwalk.org or call 910-538-9270.


 


Historic Wilmington Foundation s Vintage Event


October 24 2014


St. Thomas Preservation Hall


Since 1966 the Historic Wilmington Foundation has successfully saved hundreds of historic properties from demolition. Prohibition Night is the theme and the Doug Irving Trio entertains. Gala guests enjoy signature foods prepared by local restaurants and caterers. A live auction features vacation packages; the silent auction includes vintage items. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with tickets ranging from $50 to $100 per person.  Group table reservations are also available. For tickets and more information call 910-762-2511 or visit www.historicwilmington.org


 


St. Stanislaus  Annual Polish Festival


November 1 2014


St. Stanislaus Catholic Church


St. Stanislaus Catholic Church hosts its annual Polish Festival
11 am to 5 pm. Attendees enjoy authentic Polish foods drinks and an assortment of desserts while dancing. This year s live music will be provided by Karolinka a children s Polish folk group from Charlotte and the Chardon Polka Band from Ohio. A craft sale raffle silent auction and children s activities entertain festival goers. The event is free and parking is available in the church s lot. For more information contact the church s main office at 910-675-2336 or visit the website www.ststanspolishfestival.org


 


Wilmington Concert Association Presents STRATA


November 2 2014


Thalian Hall Main Stage


Acclaimed classical trio STRATA performs during the Wilmington Concert Association s first of three benefit concerts. STRATA brings together three musicians: Audrey Andrist piano; Nathan Williams clarinet; and James Stern violin and voila. Tickets are available by calling 910-632-2285 or online at www.thalianhall.org


 


12th Annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Tournament


November 7-9 2014


Country Club of Landfall


During the past 11 years the Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Tournament has donated nearly $1 million to support kidney disease prevention organizations and treatment facilities. Friday night begins with a sponsor and celebrity VIP reception; Saturday is an auction dinner and dance with a celebrity autograph session; and Sunday is the Celebrity Golf Tournament luncheon and awards reception. Contact Michelle Hackman at 910-509-7238 or visit williestargellfoundation.org for more information.


 


Cape Fear Literacy Council s Annual Oyster Roast


November 8 2014


Clarendon Plantation Brunswick County


As a filming location for the TV series  Sleepy Hollow   Clarendon Plantation offers a rare glimpse of a private historic waterfront rice plantation — the perfect backdrop for a good ol  fashioned Southern-style oyster roast. Guests enjoy live music and libations and learn more about this gorgeous property a hidden gem in Brunswick County. An oyster roast with all the fixin s the Cape Fear Literacy Council s newest event to fund  individualized literacy services for adults and their families in the Cape Fear region. Gates open at 4:30 pm. For more information contact CFLC at 910-251-0911 or visit www.cfliteracy.org


 


Ninth Annual Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network Gala


November 21 2014


Country Club of Landfall


The theme for the black-tie optional dinner with music dancing live and silent auctions is The Orient Express. All proceeds benefit WIHN s programs which help needy and homeless families in the Wilmington area transition to independence. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information contact WIHN at 910-769-4730 or visit www.wihn.net


 


Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Turkey Trot


November 27 2014


John Nesbitt Loop


Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity hosts the 10th annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 1-mile fun walk beginning at Wrightsville Beach Park. The race benefits Habitat for Humanity s mission of helping families to build and own a home that will keep them safe and sheltered. Registration starts at 7:15 am and the race begins at 8:30. For more information contact Kitty Yerkes at 910-762-4744 or visit www.capefearhabitat.org


 


31st Annual Flotilla Launch Party


November 28 2014


Blockade Runner Beach Resort


Kick off the 31st annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla weekend Friday November 28 with an evening of food and entertainment. Dinner a cash bar and music by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information call 910-256-2120 or visit www.ncholidayflotilla.org 


 


Hope From Helen Surf Silent Auction


December 5 2014


Blockade Runner Beach Resort


The 10th Annual Hope From Helen Surf Silent Auction will take place from 6:30-9:30 pm. Auction items include custom skateboards international vacations handmade art and jewelry spa packages and more. Admission is free. Food is catered by Tower 7. For more information contact Tony Butler at [email protected] or visit www.hopefromhelen.com


 


Ninth Annual Wilmington Fur Ball Red Carpet Gala


December 6 2014


Country Club of Landfall


The black-tie red-carpet fundraising event benefitting local animal shelters will be held 6:30-10:30 pm. The event features hors d oeuvres champagne beer and wine and dance music performed by Horizon. Tickets are $95 per person. For more information visit  www.wilmingtonfurball.com or call 910-279-5530.


 


Good Friends of Wilmington 18th Annual Holiday Luncheon


December 9 2014


Wilmington Convention Center


Good Friends is dedicated to raising money to provide financial assistance to individuals and families who are in need or disadvantaged in New Hanover County. The luncheon 11:30 am to 1 pm includes a bag lunch and visits from celebrity Santas. Free parking is available at the Convention Center parking deck when entering on Nutt Street. For more information call 828-719-9916 or visit www.goodfriendswilmington.org 


 


Thalian Hall New Year s Eve Gala


December 31 2014


Thalian Hall


Thalian s gala to benefit  the historic theater includes dinner drinks dessert and a live Broadway theatre production by City Stage. After the show ring in 2015 with a live DJ dancing and a champagne toast. The evening begins at 7 pm and tickets are $125. Call 910-632-2285 or visit www.thalianhall.org for more information.


 


North Carolina Azalea Festival Pre-Festival Party


January 23 2015


Location TBD


One of the main fundraisers for the North Carolina Azalea Festival the Pre-Festival Kickoff Party jumpstarts the 2015 festival. Food and music begin at 7 pm and continue until midnight with heavy hors d oeuvres drinks and dancing. For more information call 910-794-4650 or visit www.ncazaleafestival.org


 


New Hanover Regional Medical Center Founders  Gala


January 31 2015


Air Wilmington Hangar


The black tie-only Founders  Gala kicks off at 7 pm in the Air Wilmington Hangar. The gala features food from Wilmington s best chefs. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Betty H. Cameron Women s and Children s Hospital. For sponsorship and ticket information contact Renee Mangum at 910-815-5042.


 


New Hanover Regional Medical Center Red Dress Luncheon and Fashion Show


February 6 2015


Wilmington Convention Center


Proceeds from the lunch and runway fashion show provide free cholesterol screenings and heart disease education to help local women prevent cardio-vascular disease. The luncheon starts at 11 am. For sponsorship and ticket information contact Renee Mangum at 910-815-5042.


 


New Hanover Regional Medical Center Red Dress 5k Run/Walk


February 7 2014


Wilmington Convention Center


Proceeds from this new event support women s heart health and prevention of heart disease the No. 1 killer of women in America. The run kicks off at 10 am begins at the Wilmington Convention Center and proceeds along the riverfront. For sponsorship and ticket information contact Renee Mangum at 910-815-5042.


 


2015 Cape Fear Heart Ball


February 14 2015


Union Station Cape Fear Community College


This annual black-tie event celebrates the organization s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and raises funds to support research and education. The red carpet rolls out at 6 pm with a silent auction and cocktail reception. Guests will enjoy dinner a live auction and music. For more information contact Ashley Miller at 910-538-9270 or [email protected]


 


Cape Fear Literacy Council s 2015 Gala


March 7 2015


Air Wilmington Hangar


Cape Fear Literacy Council commemorates its 30th year with its Mad Hatter s Tea Party. This grown up trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland begins at 6 pm. There will be refreshments live music games and an auction. Gala proceeds provide  financial support to CFLC s local adult and family literacy programs. For more information call CFLC at 910-251-0911 or visit www.cfliteracy.org


 


North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant


March 14 2015


UNCW Kenan Auditorium


High school juniors from New Hanover County schools compete during this annual scholarship pageant based on a private interview with judges evening gown competition and on-stage presentation. The North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess is crowned at the end of the pageant which begins at 7:30 pm. For more information call 910-794-4650 or visit www.ncazaleafestival.org


 


Wilmington Health Access for Teens Power of the Purse Silent Auction and Raffle


March 19 2015


Country Club of Landfall


This silent auction and raffle will benefit Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) a community nonprofit organization that provides area teens and young adults ages 11-24 access to quality primary care mental health nutrition and health-education services. The event starts at 6 pm. Visit www.whatswhat.org contact Mary Martin at 910-202-4605 or email [email protected] for more information.