ABOUT THE WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH FOUNDATION
The Wrightsville Beach Foundation (WBF), is non-profit organization founded in 2005 when a group of WB Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (WBPRAC) members and concerned residents identified a gap between park amenity needs and lack of town funding. The committee obtained non-profit status and started a membership and sponsorship drive with proceeds going towards improvement of the park equipment such as a new gazebo, picnic table and grills and a kayak for the Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.
Our MISSION STATEMENT is a commitment to develop and promote a venue that will have the ability to generate funds that can be used to promote, improve and enhance the quality and enjoyment of our islands parks and recreation programs and amenities. Some of our recent accomplishments include:
TASTE OF WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH –created the Inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach in 2012. This popular event celebrates our local island cuisine. Proceeds for this community event benefit the Weekend Meals on Wheels program, the Cape Fear Community College Pineapple Guild (a club for Hotel-Restaurant and Culinary Technology students), and Wrightsville Beach programs and amenities. The 4TH Annual Taste will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 on the waterfront at MarineMax.
FARMERS MARKET- This popular event would not have happened if the WBF had not stepped in and committed to fully funding the operational costs of the market so NO tax dollars would be used.
WB OCEAN RESCUE CALENDAR –created this calendar to raise funds for the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Team’s participation in the National Lifeguard Competition.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AND CONCERTS IN THE PARK- helped fund these well attended community events.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARK AMENITIES- donated funds to the Town for the following equipment and programs:
o Tennis windscreens and a covered bench on the courts
o Gaga Ball Pit
o Filtered water filling stations
o Pickle Ball Court and Nets
o Basketball Easy Layup Nets for our youth
HARBOR ISLAND GARDEN CLUB WATER FEATURE –made a $500 donation toward this exciting addition to the Harbor Way Garden.
BIKE RACKS –donated 3 bike racks and installed them at popular beach accesses.
WBF PIER TO PIER CRAB CRAWL RUN/FUN WALK– This unique fundraiser will be held on the beach strand on April 11, 2015. Proceeds benefit various island projects. See the run tab for details.
ISLAND BEAUTIFICATION– Since its inception the WBF has continuously worked with the Town, the Harbor Island Garden Club and the residents and businesses to create and maintain many focal points on the island.
ENHANCED LIGHTING – The canopy lighting on both sides of the drawbridge were the result of collaboration with the WBF, Harbor Island Garden Club and the Town. Additionally, the WBF donated Christmas lights at the Welcome to Wrightsville Beach sign, and plans are in the works to add additional Christmas lights to be enjoyed by all in the years to come.
OFFICIAL WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH FLAGS – The WBF and the Town created the official Wrightsville Beach flag. The WBF provides the Town with the flags that fly at several Town properties, and they are available at local businesses and on the "Shop WBF" tab.
SKATE DAY IN THE PARK – The WBF hosted a couple of skate day in the park events to raise awareness about the local popularity of the sport and helmet safety. The event was well attended by local youngsters and skateboard celebrities.
Please join the Wrightsville Beach Foundation in support of these efforts by clicking on DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP FORM, completing and mailing it with a nominal donation. You will receive a WBF decal, $15 off the Taste of Wrightsville Beach and updates on our projects. Share with us what you would like to see improved/added on the island and check us out on Facebook. If you would like to actively participate in the group, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support!
Jim Smith, President
Wrightsville Beach Foundation
Board Members: Jim Smith, Lisa Weeks, Linda Brown, Jim Mincher, Valerie Wiegman, Kim Wilt, Layne Smith, Laura Paul, Lori Rosbrugh, Tim Taylor, Harper Fraser, Elise Running, Blair Kutrow, Bobby Seiscento and Pat Prince.
The Wrightsville Beach Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit Tax id #20-2346646