32nd Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction

Proudly presented by UNCW and Aramark at UNCW’s Burney Center on March 16

WILMINGTON NC, February 27, 2013 – The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its 32nd Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction presented by UNCW and Aramark on Saturday evening, March 16, at UNCW’s Burney Center. The Red Cross Gala is the longest running black-tie charity ball in the Cape Fear area, benefitting the oldest Red Cross chapter in North Carolina. This year’s event is chaired by Chancellor and Mrs. Gary L. Miller.

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“A love of place is one of UNCW’s deepest values, and partnerships with agencies like the Red Cross connect our campus to our community in very meaningful ways. Georgia and I are honored to help the Cape Fear Chapter fulfill its mission to save and improve lives across our region,” said Chancellor Miller.


Red Cross Gala attendees will enjoy a reception, gourmet dinner, event program, and live music by Carl Newton and the 5th Avenue Band. Local media personalities Frances Weller (WECT) and Lori Harris (Star News) will emcee the evening’s festivities, and Chad Adams (Big Talker FM) will preside over the live auction.


Both the live and silent auction are filled with unique and valuable items such as deluxe spa packages, sports memorabilia, autographed celebrity photos, sightseeing adventures, weekend getaways and much more. Three of the featured live auction items are:


  • · Carrie Underwood signed, pink, electric guitar – This pink Huntington electric guitar is autographed by country music star Carrie Underwood and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity issued by Global Authentics LLC (item donated by Neuwirth Motors).
  • · One-of-a-kind painting by performance speed painter, Tim Decker - Tim Decker is a nationally renowned touring artist who paints celebrity and patriotic portraits in front of a live audience. Each painting takes roughly 4-7 minutes and the whole experience is set to music. Tim will paint two pieces during the event to be auctioned off.
  • · African safari for two - This package includes a 6 night stay at the Zulu Nyala Luxury Game Lodge in the heart of South Africa’s Zululand conservation region, full board with three delicious meals per day prepared by the finest chefs, and two game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles.



All event proceeds support the vital programs and services provided by the American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties. Tickets for the Red Cross Gala & Auction are $150 per person or $1,000 for a table of 8 and can be purchased online at redcross.org/capefear Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Vicki LaBelle at 910-343-5833 or vicki.labelle@redcross.org for more information.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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