We are excited to announce the 2013 Membership drive for the Wrightsville Beach Foundation (WBF), formerly the WB Parks and Recreation Foundation. This non-profit organization was 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. Some of our recent accomplishments include:
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. The most recent resident “WB Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey” listed the Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market as one of the top attended programs on the beach.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AND CONCERTS IN THE PARK- The WBF and Wrightsville Beach Merchants Association (WBMA) partnered with the town to hold Family Movie Nights in the park for the past 2 years. In lieu of movie nights this past year, WECT agreed to add 4 more of the popular “Sounds of Summer” concerts in the park contingent upon private funding. The WBPRF and WBMA have raised $7,000 to cover the additional costs and will do so again this year.
TENNIS WINDSCREENS- The town accepted a generous donation from the WBF compliments of Carolina Marine Terminal to purchase windscreens for the newly renovated courts. Currently, we are working with an Eagle Scout candidate on a proposal for covered benches on the courts.
HARBOR ISLAND GARDEN CLUB WATER FEATURE – WBF made a $500 donation toward this exciting addition to the Harbor Island Garden Way.
BIKE RACKS – The WBF donated 3 bike racks and installed them at
popular beach accesses.
SKATE DAY IN THE PARK – The WBF hosted a skate day in the park to raise awareness about the local popularity of the sport and helmet safety. The event was well attended by local youngsters and skateboard celebrities. We are planning another event this spring on May 17th from 4-7 p.m.
INAUGURAL TASTE OF WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – In partnership with the Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce, the WBF held the Inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Proceeds benefited the Wrightsville Beach Beautification Project and Stop Hunger Now. We are working with Mihaly Land Design on an exciting downtown revitalization proposal and organized a community Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event where over 10,000 meals were prepared by several area churches, local volunteers and Boy Scout Troup 232 and shipped to Haiti. We will hold the 2nd Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach this fall. Join the WB Foundation to receive a discount!
INAUGURAL WBF PIER TO PIER CRAB CRAWL 5k RUN/FUN WALK AND “HANDS ON WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH “ – Look for information on these upcoming events this spring.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach has been blessed with unique natural resources such as the beach, park and popular “loop”. The WBF's goal moving forward is to partner with the WBPRAC and town leadership to support the future needs and wants of our residents included in the recent “Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey”. Safe bike paths were the #1 new amenity residents requested and we want to help make it happen!
Our 2013 goal is increase membership to over 100 and is open to everyone. Please join the Wrightsville Beach Foundation in support of these efforts by filling out the attached membership form and mailing it with a nominal donation. You will receive a WBF decal, $5 off the 2nd Annual 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!
President, Wrightsville Beach Foundation
Board Members: Linda Brown, Jim Smith, Jim Mincher, Valerie Wiegman, Kim Wilt, Layne Smith, Laura Paul, Jim Greiner, Debbie and Jim Sheegog, Rene Wheat and Keith Register.