Nonprofit Social Registry

BY Amanda Raxlin and Amanda Wager

Wrightsville Beach Magazine is pleased to present its semi-annual look at the upcoming Azalea Coast nonprofit events this spring and summer (April 2012 through October 2012). Please take a moment to learn more about these fundraisers and charities that impact so many area lives then mark your calendars and get involved.

Raising The Titanic
April 21
Country Club of Landfall
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanics maiden voyage the Landfall Foundations 16th Annual Gala invites guests to enjoy luxurious cuisines by executive chef Bobby Zimmerman while violinists vocalists and a jazz ensemble help recreate the historic evening. All of the proceeds go toward grants that help nonprofit organizations fund projects in the greater Wilmington area. To become a sponsor or for more information visit

20th Annual Silent Auction and Fashion Show
April 27
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Wilmingtons Domestic Violence Shelter and Services is hosting a Silent Auction and Fashion Show to support its mission of working toward the elimination of violence and oppression against women and their children by providing emergency and support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Luncheon tickets are $40 per person; the auction begins at 11 a.m. and the fashion show begins at noon. Dinner tickets are $50 per person; the auction begins at 6 p.m. and the fashion show begins at 7 p.m. For more information visit or call 910-343-9969 ext. 17.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament
May 4 – 5
The 20th annual Coastal Classic will be held May 4 and 5 at the Country Club of Landfalls Pete Dye Course. Guests will enjoy a Pairings Party at the Landfall Clubhouse on Friday May 4 with delicious food and a silent auction. Featuring new handheld BidPal technology the entire auction will be conducted on an iPod touch. The tournament will wrap up on Saturday May 5 with a poolside concert at the Landfall Hampton Inn & Suites featuring entertainment by The Mulch Brothers. To participate call 910-815-5002 or visit

Mint Julep Jubilee
May 5
The Junior League of Wilmington presents the fourth annual Kentucky Derby celebration at Poplar Grove Plantation. All proceeds will benefit the leagues goal as a nonprofit organization to raise support and awareness for its partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and Sunset Park Elementary School. The league is dedicated to bridging the gap and providing additional resources for children that live and play in high-risk neighborhoods. There will be live race coverage a raffle for fabulous prizes a mint julep station a southern fare buffet live music and contests. For more information visit or call 910-799-7405.

JDRF Hope Gala
May 5
The Coastal Carolina Branch of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will hold its 9th Annual Hope Gala at the Wilmington Convention Center. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and features gourmet dining music by The Craig Woolard Band and dancing. For more information call 910-509-9899 or visit

Run for the Roses
May 5
Hats and bowties and burgoo and mint juleps! The Kentucky Derby Party will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall. The event benefits the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear. For more information visit or call 910-762-0492.

The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Induction Ceremony
May 5 – 6
The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at the Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest. Tournament registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the first tee time at 10 a.m. On May 6 The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the University of North Carolina Wilmingtons Burney Center begins with a reception and silent auction at 5 p.m. The ceremony and dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. The emcee will be David Glenn host of “The Fan” on ESPN Radio. For more information visit email [email protected] or call 910-795-1224.

Wrightsville Beach Museum Shrimperoo
May 6
The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History will hold an event that contains the freshest boiled shrimp with the friendliest crowd. Visit with beach friends and eat from the bountiful feast of shrimp with all the trimmings and beverages accompanied by live music at Lumina Hall 212 Old Causeway Drive. Tickets will be available April 1 at the museum from board members and online at Memberships are available at the door.

YWCA Women of Achievement Awards
May 10
Celebrate women at the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. 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 232 women and awarded college scholarships to 67 young leaders in Brunswick Columbus New Hanover and Pender counties. Registration and social hour begins at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at For more information visit email [email protected] or call 910-799-6820.

Literacy Luncheon
May 11
Readers Theatre will perform at the annual Literacy Luncheon held at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church. All of the money raised supports 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 to their full potential. To save a seat or host a table contact CFLC at [email protected] or 910-251-0911.

Cape Fear Community College
May 17
The 8th Annual Changing Lives Through the Gift of Education luncheon will take place at the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center. The event will feature stories from students and brief remarks from keynote speaker Randy Kibler CEO and president of Bojangles Famous Chicken n Biscuits. 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

Bellamy Mansion Tea
June 4
The Bellamy Mansion continues its high tea tradition throughout the seasons. Finger sandwiches and sweets will be served. Featured performers will entertain. Proceeds benefit ongoing operations of the Bellamy Mansion. The cost is $35 and includes admission to the Tim Buchman architectural photography exhibit and 10 percent off at the gift shop. Bellamy Mansion Teas begin at 2 p.m. Two more are planned for September 17 and December 17. Call 910-251-3700 ext. 103 to reserve your place.

Run for the Red
June 23
The Run for the Red 5k/10k at Mayfaire Town Center benefits the vital programs and services provided by the American Red Cross in the Cape Fear community. A post-race event features live music raffle awards ceremony and full barbeque-style lunch. All racers receive a free lunch plate with entry; additional plates for families and guests can be purchased for $7 each. Entry fee is $25-30. Runners may register at For more information contact Autum Mihm at [email protected] or 910-762-2683 ext. 361.

Wilmingtons Epicurean Evening to Benefit the Methodist Home for Children
August 30
For the sixth consecutive 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 is given to the best of the best to proudly be displayed in the winning restaurant for a year. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Methodist Home for Childrens programs for Wilmington children and families in need. Held in the Wilmington Convention Centers Grand Ballroom tables of 10 are available for $1 250 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 910-471-6088 or by visiting

Last Chance for White Pants Gala
August 31
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will host its annual Last Chance for White Pants Gala to celebrate the end of summer. With this years theme Its Your Birthday! event planners hope to achieve last years goal: more than $50 000 for support of hospice programs and services. Guests will again enjoy great food and drinks dancing live entertainment and the opportunity to win great prizes like the fortunate guest last year who won the use of a BMW for the weekend. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities call 910-796-8099 ext. 6 or visit

Secret Garden Tour
September 14-15
The Lower Cape Fear Historical Societys Secret Garden Tour benefits the Latimer House where the tour 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.

Spelling Bee for Literacy
September 20
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. Held at the Scottish Rite Temple proceeds benefit CFLCs adult literacy programs. For more information visit or call 910-251-0911.

Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Exchange Club Center
September 28
This years gala will be held at the Country Club of Landfall. The theme is “Oh The Places They Will Go” and the dress is cocktail. Contact Linda Wilson for details at 910-232-5556.

Pink Ribbon
October 4
At the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation will host events for the Pink Ribbon Project. Since its inception in 1998 the Pink Ribbon Project has raised more than $1.4 million to bring comfort and support to local women undergoing treatment for cancer. Two opportunities to participate include lunch and an evening party with an artist and author both of which will be announced soon. Email [email protected] for more information or call the foundation office at 910-815-5002.

Cape Fear Heart Walk
October 13
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 fighting heart disease. This year more than 1 500 walkers are expected to join 2012 chair Randy Tomsic Wells Fargo Bank 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.

DREAMS Presents
October 13
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. Held at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside the evening will showcase performances by the young artists who participate in the program local entertainment delicious food and wine a fabulous auction and more. Call 910-772-1501 or email [email protected] for details.

Airlie Gardens Annual Low Country Oyster Roast
October 19
Airlie Gardens popular Low Country Oyster Roast benefits its Environmental Education Program. Enjoy oysters barbecue refreshments and more. The event will feature local band Heart Beat of Soul and dancing from 6 -10:30 p.m. Last year was a sold-out event. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information visit or call 910-798-7700.

If your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has an event you would like WBM to include in the November 2012 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 2012 Wrightsville Beach Magazine. May not be reproduced in any format without written permission from the publisher.