Area Events Listings For November 19th, 2014

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P.I. Calendar of Events for 2014

• November 28 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration
at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 28 thru Dec 20 - 6th Annual Christmas by the Sea
(Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-470-8666)
• December 5 - Island of Lights Christmas Parade (910-458-5507)
• December 6 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• December 12, 13 & 14 - Kure Beach Fantasy
Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• December 13 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5506)
• December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve
 Countdown held in Kure Beach
For Chamber information please visit our website at
www.pleasureislandnc.org or E-Mail us at
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Santa's Workshop Moves to Lake

Organizers with Christmas by the Sea are please to announce that Santa's Workshop will be open this year. However, due to construction at the boardwalk, they will be moving Santa to the lake for this season. Santa will be there for the lighting of the lake and every Saturday after that until Christmas! In 2015 we will be back at the improved boardwalk! Enjoy decorations at the lake any evening, and visit Santa on November 28th and 29th, and December 6th, 13th and 20th.
Christmas by the Sea is brought to you by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative who is comprised of a group of citizens and businesses from Carolina Beach that have joined forces to enrich the activities, entertainment and landscape of Carolina Beach. For more information find them on Facebook!

Island of Lights Celebrate 25th Season
Light Up the Lake Kicks Off Events Nov. 28th
 
The Island of Lights Committee is celebrating its 25th Season of making Pleasure Island a little brighter! Events kick off Friday, November 28th at 7:00pm for the Lighting of the Lake Celebration! Friday, December 5th starting at 7:00pm Lake Park Boulevard will become the parade route for the Annual; Christmas Parade. Island of Lights is Proud to Announce That the Grand Marshall of the Island of Lights Christmas Parade this year will be The pink Fire Truck Claudia from the Pink Heals - Cape Fear NC Chapter.
The Flotilla will be Friday, December 5th at 6:00pm at the Carolina Beach Boat Basin, applications can be picked up at the Checkered Church Gift Shop. The Tour of Homes will be December 13th; organizers are currently looking for homes to be featured at the annual event. If you would like to show off your home and decorating efforts, please call James Allen at 458-5006 or Teresa Clontz 910-612-2487 for more details. We will say good-bye to 2014 in Kure Beach this year for the Island of Lights New Year Celebration December 31st, festivities will begin at 9:00pm!
This season is the 25th Holiday Season for the Island of Lights organization.  With your help, we look forward to continuing the tradition. This brief history of the organization may inspire you to join us. The Island of Lights committee began in 1989 as a project of the Pleasure Island Jaycees. The Jaycees disbanded early in 1990 and the Island of Lights Committee became an organization of community volunteers. The main purpose was and is, to promote tourism for Pleasure Island (Carolina and Kure Beaches) from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  We had five displays that first year and today w have over 20 displays.  Activities that have been added since the first year are a Fashion Show, Light Up at the Lake, a nighttime Christmas Parade, a Holiday Flotilla, a Tour of Homes, and a New Year’s Eve Countdown and fireworks.  With the help of the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and businesses in our community, our events have brought people to Pleasure Island from as far way as Ohio and Pennsylvania each year, so we have definitely helped increase tourism for our island.  As a group, we hope to continue our activities for many more years to come and have everyone enjoy our activities as much as we do.

IOL Annual Christmas Card & Ornament

PLEASURE ISLAND - The 2014 Island of Lights annual Christmas card and Ornament are now available in stores. You may purchase them at the Checkered Church Gift Shop (800 Saint Joseph Street), Island Tackle (801 N. lake Park Blvd), touche (201 N Lake Park Blvd), Jeannie's Jewels (1009 N Lake Park Blvd), Nautilus Arts & Frames  (1009 N. Lake Park Blvd) and Carolina Beach Furniture (1021 N Lake Park Blvd).
This years theme is "Sand Castles" depicted on both card and ornament. The cards are $10.00 for a pack of 12 cards are $10.00 and the ornament is $15.00, cash or checks accepted. More information about this years card artist , Jonnie Chardonn, will be featured soon in The Island Gazette. Mary Jo Madden continues to paint each and every ornament. She has created close to 5000 ornaments since we began in 2001.
ATTENTION COLLECTORS :  Island of Lights have for the collector back ornaments for sale. The years are 2007,2008,2010,2011,2012,2013.  These ornaments may be purchased at The Checkered Church on St Joseph Street.  All ornaments are 15.00 each and make great gifts!

2015 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest ends November 24th

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Photography Contest primarily for our 2015 Visitor’s Guide.  The winner of the Cover shot will receive two 2-Day passes to the  22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood BLues & Jazz Festival held in October of 2015   The Cover shot is 4” x 9” and must be a minimum of 300 dpi.  All other photos should be 4” x 6” minimum and be a minimum of 300 dpi.
Are you interested in having your photography showcased through the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in its various marketing materials including their award-winning Visitor’s Guide, which is distributed to all of the Major Visior Centers on the Intersate Highway System in North Carolina? The contest begins today and submittals must be in by November 24th.  Please review the attached Entry Form and Rules & Regulations.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
GOOD LUCK and Thank you for participating in our Photography Contest.
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2014 Cape Fear Festival of Trees Kicks off the Holiday Season with Party in the Pines Nov. 21, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Festival Open Nov. 22 to Dec. 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Additional Events for 2014

Wilmington, NC—This year Cape Fear Festival of Trees has added much more to the festival experience including a gingerbread competition. Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum invite you to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance. Glamorous, glittering trees, inspiring performances, highlighted events all blend together for a special holiday experience. The festival kick-off event is Party in the Pines scheduled for Nov. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. This celebrated event promises an evening filled with lovingly decorated trees, the highly anticipated gingerbread exhibition and contest, The Art of Gingerbread 2014 and music provided by Benny Hill and The Keith Butler Trio. Delectable hors d’oeuvres provided by CAM Café along with decadent desserts. Tickets now on sale at our website: www.capefearfestivaloftrees.org Cape Fear Festival of Trees takes place from Nov. 22 – Dec. 7 (Closed Thanksgiving Day) 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 13 & up - $13.00  5-12: $6.00 4 & under – Free Tickets good any day of festival and includes festival & gallery admission. Special events ticketed separately. Cape Fear Festival of Trees benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum.
In addition to the dazzling array of trees, enjoy performances by over 30 local musical groups and artists. Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell choirs, ukulele choirs, a capella singing and more. Included in festival admission. Learn more about festival performances at our website: www.capefearfestivaloftrees.org
FESTIVAL EVENT DETAILS - PARTY IN THE PINES—opening event  |  Fri., Nov. 21  6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Advance (thru Nov. 14): $35.00, Regular (Nov 15-21 and at door): $45.00. Includes Festival & Gallery admission. This elegant evening is the official grand opening for the festival. Be among the first to view the beautifully decorated trees and artful gingerbread creations. Throughout the evening, enjoy the cool jazz sounds of local hot new band, The Keith Butler Trio, joined by Wilmington’s favorite alto sax player, Benny Hill. Delectable hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts are included, cash bar available. Help us kick off the holiday season and celebrate the night in style.
The Art of Gingerbread  |  Fri., Nov. 21 – Dec. 7 | Festival Admission - The area’s largest gingerbread village provides some of the best sights and smells at this year’s festival. Icing snow and icicles, shredded wheat roofs and candy cane doorways all come together in a beautiful and tasty display of gingerbread artistry.
A festival all-time favorite, the Gingerbread Village simply gets sweeter every year. Gingerbread creations by amateur, professional, youth and senior bakers will be assembled into an incredible edible village that will tempt all your senses. Limited only by the creator’s imagination, you won’t want to miss a single frosted delight. Each of the deliciously interesting designs will be available for viewing and purchasing – the perfect way to decorate your holiday home with something sweet! Individuals interested in submitting their gingerbread creation will find the form at capefearfestivaloftrees.org/gingerbread.html. Submissions limited to the first 20 entries. Each entry will receive their choice of 2 tickets to Party in the Pines event on Fri. Nov. 21 or 4 tickets to the Ginger Blast on Sat. Dec. 6. Each entry also received 4 general admission Cape Fear Festival of Trees tickets.
Jingle Bell Breakfast  |  Sat., Nov. 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m.   Advance tickets only, limited to 200 tickets  | Ages 3-12: $15 |  13 & up: $20. Includes Festival & Gallery admission. It’s back and even better! Come in your pj’s or holiday sweaters and join us for a wonderful Saturday morning. Geared toward kids 3-8 years old, everyone will enjoy a full hot buffet breakfast, storytime in the trees, fun holiday activities and visit the ever-popular Mr. and Mrs. Claus – all activities ongoing throughout the morning. Sold out in 2013!
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop for Kids. Sat., Dec. 6 10:00 a.m.-Noon . Festival Admission. Gumdrops Alive!   Nothing is sweeter than a gingerbread boy or girl (or snowman) decorated with glorious, goopy icing. Or for the salty side, we have sea creatures galore from the gingerbread ocean. Brush some icing on sea turtles or mermaids or create a flashy, splashy shark.  Join us under the big top for this fun activity. We provide the cookies and decorations, you provide the creativity! Chef’s hat, apron and take-home boxes also included.
Ginger Blast! |  Sat., Dec. 6 7:00-9:00 p.m. Advance (thru Nov. 29):$25.00 | Regular (Nov 29 – Dec 6 and at door):$30.00. Includes Festival & Gallery admission. ‘Tis the night we celebrate this inaugural year’s gingerbread creations and announce prizewinners. Revel in the sounds of fun and energetic live music by Zach Hanner’s Blarney Brogues. CAM Café’s Chef Jessica will wake up your taste buds with some innovative ginger inspired goodies and other sweet and savory delights (included), cash bar available. It’s a sweet and spicy party sure to put some zest in your holidays. The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café.  Cameron Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday Tapas from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m and from Thursday dinner 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For additional information about the museum, please visit www.cameronartmuseum.org

Holiday Event’s & More

• Candyland Christmas -   Sunday, December 7     1:00 - 5:00 pm - Admission for children is $12 for members, $15 for non-members.  Adults join us for free!  Come visit Santa and Elsa from Frozen, plus enjoy holiday crafts and goodies.  Kids will make reindeer food, construct gingerbread cottages, make ornaments and more in the holiday spirit!
• New Year’s Noon - Wed., December 31 and Thurs., January 1    10:00 am - Noon - Countdown to the New Year with the Children's Museum of Wilmington! Toast to 2015 with a juice toast, make a party crown, streamer sticks, glittery slime and more!  The event culminates with an epic confetti toss at NOON in the courtyard!
**FOR 2 DAYS, 4 HOURS ONLY: Get a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months!  Available only at the Museum during New Year’s Noon!
• Child Yoga  1st Thursday of every month     3:30 pm - Please pre-register.  Child Yoga is a fun, interactive way for children of all ages to get moving!  Join us for 30 minutes to: perform animal poses, improve flexibility and coordination, and learn relaxation techniques that will help navigate life's challenges with a bit more ease.
• Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm  (Ideal for ages 2-4)
Please pre-register.  Focuses on the active learning of the preschooler with basic introduction to literacy.  Incorporates fun, interesting stories with music and movement.
KIDS COOKING CLUB  -Tuesdays at 3:30pm  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Explore seasonal recipes and savor the flavor of your hard work.
S.T.E.M. EXPLORATIONS - Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 3 and up) Please pre-register. STEM programs explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by applying them in fun, hands-on activities.  Children will learn about the scientific process while measuring and recording in mathematical terms, developing critical thinking skills in the process.
StoryCOOKS - Thursdays at 10:00am  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Cooking club for our preschoolers...each week we'll read a new story and create a dish inspired by the book.
JUMP! MOVE! LEARN!  Thursdays at 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 5-9) Please pre-register.  Join us in learning how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.  Discover new exercises and games while learning all about the human body.
TODDLER TIME - Fridays at 10:00am  (Ages 4 and under) No registration necessary.  Come and help your little one express their creativity and practice using gross and fine motor skills.
ADVENTURES IN THE ARTS - Fridays at 3:30 pm Please pre-register.  Bring your child to express their creativity through various forms of art including but not limited to painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, drawing, and printing.

The Thalian Association Children’s Theater partners with Make-A-Wish® and Macy’s  "BELIEVE" CAMPAIGN

WILMINGTON, NC – "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist..." - Francis P. Church, Editor New York Sun.
The Thalian Association Children's Theater does believe in the generosity of the season and our community. This holiday season we are partnering with Make-A-Wish®  and the Macy's "Believe" campaign during our production of Macy's Yes Virginia The Musical. For every letter to Santa Claus that we collect Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®.   Macy's Yes Virginia will be performed on the 2nd Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center December 4 - 7, 2014.
Santa letters are being accepted now through December 7th at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. Every child who submits a letter will have a chance to win two tickets to A Christmas Carol, main stage Thalian Hall December 11 - 21, 2014 or two tickets to SchoolHouse Rock Live, onstage February 20 - March 1, 2015 at the Community Arts Center. A drawing will be held at each performance of Macy's Yes Virginia and the winners posted on our Facebook page the week of December 8th.
"Thalian Association Children's Theater provides the opportunity to perform and learn through our productions, arts education classes and community service projects," said Susan Habas, the Thalian Association Executive Director. "Our goal is to develop educated, collaborative and thoughtful members of our community and supporting Make-A-Wish®  is creative way for our children to be engaged and help others."
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone.  Make-A-Wish®Eastern North Carolina eastnc.wish.org was founded in 1986 and has one purpose - to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18. The eastern North Carolina chapter covers the 49 counties  from the Alamance/Orange county line to the coast and has granted more than 2,800 wishes and counting. Macy’s Believe campaign and the charming musical was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The paper’s response, penned by its editor Francis P. Church, became the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.
Macy's Yes Virginia The Musical production schedule is December 4 - 7, Thursday – Saturday at 7:00 pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Ticket information is available at 910-341-7860 or www.thalian.org.
 Established in 1788, the Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theater and arts education. Thalian Community Theater produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall. The Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) is a youth production company that offers training and performance opportunities for children age 7 through high school seniors.
In 2007, the North Carolina legislature designated the Thalian Association North Carolina’s Official Community Theater. For more information, go to www.thalian.org

Federal Point Historic Preservation Soceity: Monthly Meeting’s & Events

Saturday November 1, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher. From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz. The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” (YouTube) named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) nominations for 2013.
Recently, on October 2, 2014, Balsam Range won the 2014 IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia at 7 pm. Tickets are $30-35$.
Monday November 17, 2014 Membership Meeting 7:30 – 900 pm. LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.” Watch a snippet of LeRae Umfleet (lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report) of her talking about how the 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.
Monday December 15, 2014 Holiday Potluck 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
1112 North Lake Park Blvd, adjacent to the Carolina Beach Town Hall.

2014 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

BEHIND THE SCENES
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturdays, November 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Friday, November 28 at 11:15 a.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Wednesdays, November 19 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m.- Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November  22, 29 at 9 a.m. - This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
DAY Camp for Kids
• AQUACAMP – • AQUACAMP – “TANKSGIVING” - Wednesday, November 26, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. With Thanksgiving only one day away, campers will celebrate “Tanksgiving” at the Aquarium! They will learn about our wonderful aquatic animals and why we are thankful for them and the amazing ecosystems they call home. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation - We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps. We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and preregistration is required. Available only for October 15 & 17 CAMPS.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: ncaquariums. com/fort-fisher

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club

The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Carolina BBQ Restaurant, 1602 South College Road in Wilmington, NC.  The meeting is open to all who have an interest in coin collecting and begins at 7 pm.  Attendees are encouraged to come early to eat and socialize.  An auction of various numismatic items immediately follows the meeting.
The program will be on 'Plaster Coin Molds'.   Before coins were struck, the artist/engraver first drew his design on paper.  The drawing was eventually transferred to plaster before a machine was used to reduce the mold design to the steel coin dies.  Come and see how the process was done before the computer age.
A small scale model of a Janvier reducing machine will be on display as well as a few coin and medal plaster molds.
Our Fall Coin Show just concluded with a 'Kid's Korner' being very successful.  We will continue that idea with our Azalea Festival Coin Show in April of 2015. For more information, email Tom Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (910) 520-8405.

Women of Hope presents the 2014 Dance for Life Showcase

Women of Hope is pleased to announce the 2014 Dance for Life Showcase at the 2nd Annual Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball. A Charity Gala Event to be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. This formal black tie affair will benefit Women of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the female cancer patient, survivor and their families. The 2014 Dance for Life Showcase consists of three dancers who have partnered with prominent individuals all from within our community. They will perform various styles of dance at the Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball for monetary votes on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Individuals can purchase tickets to the charity Gala event to support a couple. For those that cannot attend the Hope Ball, there will be online voting beginning Monday, November 3—November 21, 2014. All monies raised through the Dance for Life Showcase will benefit Women of Hope. The couple that raises the most money for Women of Hope will be awarded the 2014 Dance for Life Champions! For more information, to purchase tickets or vote for your favorite Dance for Life couple, please visit www.womenofhopenc.org

Cape Fear Volunteer Center In Need of Immediate Support

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is in need of donations of time, money and supplies for their Big Buddy Program.  
The Big Buddy Program and its volunteers make a significant contribution to the youth of our community by improving themselves personally, in their homes, in school and their future in our community.  Many of these children were "at risk".  After our mentoring program, most leave the program to become positive community members and the new citizens of the Cape Fear region. Currently, there are more than 200 youth participants in the Big Buddy Program from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender       counties. If you decide to become a contributor to our the Big Buddy Program you will be recognized on our social media sites, in our e newsletter, you will receive recognition at the more than twenty events we hold each year, and in the many releases we provide to the media. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center works to recruit and train the volunteers who have served as mentors, motivators, role models and guides for 45 years and have helped over 2,300 children.  To continue this history of success your support is vitally important.  We need funding to support programming for Big and Little Buddies, to provide resources that our Case Managers can distribute as needed and provide professional services.  You can be among the many who consider a gift or ongoing contribution to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center on behalf of the Big Buddy program. If you have services or supplies we can use please consider contributing them as well.
 Finally, we would appreciate your support in recruiting Big Buddy volunteers from among your staff, and would gladly provide a presentation to your staff or organization.   Also, if you know of any children who can benefit from our program, let us know.  Additional information and forms to apply to become either a Big Buddy or Little Buddy are available on our website, capefearvolunteercenter.org. For additional information about the Big Buddy program, or to provide further details, please call Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center Director 910-392-8180 or cfvcdirector@ gmail .com or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

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