Spring Flings

BY Lucy Huber & CJ Williams

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.

Let the sunshine in

The Vanessa Dress strapless jacquard dress with grosgrain belt and seaming detail by Lilly Pulitzer $278 (flower not included). Available at Palm Garden Landfall Center 1319-A Military Cutoff Rd. (910) 256-9984

Amazonite bracelet ($395) and necklace ($595) by M&J Savitt. Available at S Burke Lumina Station 1900 Eastwood Road Suite 26. (910) 256-3311.


May 2 2009

Paw Jam

Battleship Park

In its 8th 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 $15 000 was raised to support local nonprofit animal rescue groups. Entrance fee for humans is $5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All leashed pets get in free. For more information visit www.pawjam.net  or call (910) 232-1165.


May 3-4 2009

Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Induction Events

Burney Center UNCW

The GWSHOF will host a black-tie optional banquet honoring its 2009 inductees Chester McGlockton George Rountree III Brian M. Rowson Helen Grey Smith and E. A. “Spike” Corbin all of whom were selected from a list of athletes coaches administrators trainers doctors members of the media and other individuals who made a significant impact on the caliber of athletics in the Greater Wilmington area. On Sunday May 3 the reception/auction will be held at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. This years induction ceremony host will be Woody L. Durham the voice of the Tarheels. The GWSHOF golf tournament will be held on Monday May 4 at Echo Farms Golf & Country Club with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. For more information call Dick James at (910) 257-9622 ext. 228 or visit www.gwilmingtonsportshof.com.


May 16 2009

JDRF Hope Gala

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort

The 6th annual Hope Gala for the Wilmington office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a black-tie event that supports research for finding a cure for diabetes and its complications. Since the first Gala in 2004 the Wilmington community has raised $1.75 million for this important cause. The organization is now funding $7.7 million worth of projects at North Carolina universities: UNC Chapel Hill North Carolina State Wake Forest and Duke and also locally at PPD. The evening will feature a cocktail reception and dinner party live and silent auctions and the presentation of the “Living and Giving” Award to Jack and Mary Barto. Mr. Barto is the CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the couple is being honored for their extraordinary commitment to our community. The theme of this years gala is “A Broadway Premiere: A Spotlight on a Cure.” For more information call (910) 509-9899.


May 21 2009

YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Dinner

Burney Center UNCW

The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards is the signature event recognizing and celebrating womens and teens exemplary accomplishments 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 199 women and awarded college scholarships to 54 teen leaders in Brunswick Columbus New Hanover and Pender counties. For more information visit www.ywca-lowercapefear.org  or call (910) 799-6820 ext. 120.



Printed charmeuse dress with hand-beaded halter straps that crisscross in back with attached train by Tony Bowls Paris collection $394. Available at Isabella Grape The Forum 1121-A Military Cutoff Rd. (910) 256-0025.

Slane & Slane basket weave ring $175. Available at S Burke Lumina Station 1900 Eastwood Road Suite 26. (910) 256-3311.

Slane & Slane basket weave ring $175. Available at S Burke Lumina Station 1900 Eastwood Road Suite 26. (910) 256-3311.

May 21 2009

CFCC Gift of Education Luncheon

CFCC Schwartz Center

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will host its 5th annual “Changing Lives Through the Gift of Education” luncheon to raise money for student scholarships. This years luncheon themed “Empowering Students Providing Hope in our Community ” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year more than 450 donors raised a record-breaking $275 000. These funds helped to provide more than 200 student scholarships and pushed the 2008 fundraising total to more than $1.3 million. This year guests can look forward to student presentations and a keynote address from NC Community College System President Dr. R. Scott Ralls. For more information and to reserve your seat call (910) 362-7207 or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation .


June 3 2009

Clubs for Kids Annual Golf Tournament

Echo Farms Golf and Country Club

The annual Clubs for Kids Tournament including a workshop for children in the morning and an adult shotgun-start tournament at 1 p.m. raises money for children and families that the Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Exchange Club Center (CAPP) serves in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. CAPP offers educational outreach and community support for parents and those who care for children. For more information visit www.cappcenter.org  or contact Della Quinn-Carter at (910) 791-1057 ext. 21.


June 6 2009

American Red Cross Gala

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

This years Red Cross Gala will mark the 101st anniversary of the Cape Fear Chapter of the Red Cross. The “Hurricane Kick-off Gala” begins at sunset and a full night of fun and fundraising will include live and silent auctions to support disaster relief efforts. For more information visit www.arccapefear.org or contact Barbara Karz-Wagman at (910) 762-2683 ext. 335.


June 16 2009 8 p.m.

Battleship Hootenanny

Battleship North Carolina

The 9th Annual Battleship Hootenanny a concert featuring local folk and pop favorites including John Golden and Friends will take place on the ships fantail beneath the stars. In the case of inclement weather festivities will move into the auditorium. Tickets are $10 (cash only) at the door and do not include a tour of the ship. Snacks and sodas will be available. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Battleship a nonprofit organization that supports the battleships preservation. For more information visit www.battleshipnc.com or call (910) 251-5797 ext. 2045.


September 10 2009

An Epicurean Evening to Benefit the Methodist Home for Children

Hilton Wilmington Riverside Grand Ballroom

For the third year in a row this grand black-tie gala will feature food tastings from local chefs and restaurants as well as live and silent auction packages. Awards will be given to participants for best food in different categories. 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 Methodist Home for Children at (910) 395-5434 or (910) 471-6088.


September 17 2009

Spelling Bee for Literacy

Scottish Rite Temple

A fun-filled tradition Cape Fear Literacy Councils (CFLCs) Spelling Bee for Literacy pits three-person spelling teams of adults 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 www.cfliteracy.org  or call (910) 251-0911.


Maxed out

Printed cotton and silk Shar Maxi dress in red by Young Fabulous & Broke $250. Available at Personal Touch The Forum 1121-N Military Cutoff Rd. (910) 256-8888.

September 18-19 2009

Secret Garden Tour

Latimer House and other homes

The Secret Garden Tour starts at the Latimer House and continues on to other homes. The tour benefits the Latimer House and gardens headquarters of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. The Latimer House located on 3rd Street was built in 1852. For more information visit www.latimerhouse.org  or call (910) 762-0492.


September 2009

Child Advocacy and Parenting Place Exchange Club Center Annual Gala

Country Club of Landfall

The CAPP Center annual gala includes dinner and dancing with live music and live and silent auctions. The event raises money to empower families to help ensure healthy environments for our children and our community and find ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. For more information visit www.cappcenter.org  or call (910) 791-1057.


September/October 2009

March of Dimes Gourmet
Chefs Auction

Location to be determined

This event will feature sample 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 birth defects and infant mortality. For more information call (910) 452-1515.


September/October 2009

American Cancer Society Hope Gala

Location to be determined

The American Cancer Societys 8th annual Hope Gala raises money to support the fight against cancer in New Hanover County. This always-popular event will feature live entertainment dancing gaming tables live and silent auctions and some new and exciting events as well. For more information call ACS community manager Sarah Caudle at (919) 334-5245.


October 2 2009

DREAMS Center for Arts
Education 9th Annual Cabaret
and Silent Auction

Burney Center Ballroom UNC Wilmington

Join us for a night of fabulous entertainment and epicurean delights to benefit DREAMS a nationally recognized award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children in need with high-quality free-of-charge classes in the creative visual and performing arts. The evening will showcase performances by some of our communitys most gifted musicians including the youth who participate in the program. Dont miss our silent auction featuring an incredible array of items from local artists businesses and of course DREAMS students. Call (910) 772-1501 or email [email protected]  for more information.


October 8 2009

Pink Ribbon Breakfast
Lunch and Dinner

Holiday Inn SunSpree

Since its inception in 1998 the Pink Ribbon Project has raised more than $1 000 000 to help bring comfort and support to women undergoing treatment for cancer by funding projects such as the Pink Ribbon comfort bags and mammograms for uninsured women through the Coastal Care Van. The event includes breakfast at 8 a.m. lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with a featured speaker at each meal. Last year the event raised a record-breaking $185 000. For more information visit www.nhrmcfoundation.org  or call (910) 815-5002.


October 16 2009

Airlies Annual Oyster Roast

Airlie Gardens

Airlies wildly popular Low Country Oyster Roast benefits the Airlie Garden Environmental Education Programs. The event will again feature popular local band The Imitations and as has become an Airlie Oyster Roast tradition there will be dancing all night long. Butch Williams of Carolina Sunset Catering will provide barbecue and oysters plentiful for everyone. Last year was a sold-out event. Tickets are available for $75. For more information visit www.airliegardens.org  or call (910) 798-7700.


Ruffled feathers

The Sara halter dress with flirty ruffles and cotton eyelet fabric by BCBGs Max and Cleo $138. Coconuts wedge with snakeskin pattern $62. Available at Sonny B. 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Suite GG (910)509-1901.

October 16-17 2009

Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest

Independence Mall

The 8th annual OKTOBERFEST is a community wide family-oriented two-day fun-filled festival with music food and free childrens activities. This event benefits Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity providing housing and hope for families in need. For more information visit www.capefearhabitat.org  or call (910) 762-4744.


October 17 2009

Wilmington Downtown Inc. Night in Vegas

Coast Line Convention Center

For the second year in a row Wilmington Downtown Inc. presents “A Night in Vegas.” This fun-filled night includes food an open bar and gambling for charity and raffle prizes. For ticket sales or more information visit www.wilmingtondowntown.com  or call (910) 763-7349.


October 17 2009

2009 Start! Cape Fear Heart Walk

The John Nesbitt Loop at Wrightsville Beach

In loving memory of Windell Daniels the walk is sponsored by local businesses and will take place on the Loop. This year more than 1 000 walkers are expected to join 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 (910) 794-5507 and (910) 264-5177.


October 2009

Cape Fear Mini Grand Prix


Get behind the wheel of your own race car at the Cape Fear Mini Grand Prix and help raise money for Duke Childrens Hospital. Sponsorship packages begin at $3 500 and include your own race car to keep customize and race in this exciting event. Race teams compete in a series of four 20-lap heats and a championship heat. The event is free to spectators and includes a Kids Zone of games prizes concessions and more. Please call (910) 793-8466 to learn how your business or organization can become involved. For more information visit www.dukechildrens.org .


Special thanks

To Tony and Betsy Bluethenthal for allowing us to use their beautiful home on S. Lumina Avenue.

Amber Deardorff hair stylist  HCX Haircolorxperts (910) 256-8880.

Jennifer De La paz makeup artist Beauty Bar Boutique (910) 256-5757.


If your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has an event you would like WBM to include in the November 2009 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 2009 Wrightsville Beach Magazine. May not be reproduced in any format without written permission from the publisher.