RUN, PHLOCK, FLY & DRIVE SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES NEW DATE AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS PHLOCK TO THE BEACH-A BUFFETT STYLE BEACH BASH SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND AREA, NC March 6, 2015 – The Chamber of Commerce for the Southport-Oak Island area and Chapter 939 of the Experimental Aircraft Association have combined efforts to create one full day of events on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The Chamber’s two signature events – the Oak Island Lighthouse Run and the Phlock to the Beach uniting with the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 939’s Wings and Wheels and Pancake Breakfast will provide residents and visitors plenty of activity options. The most significant change was to move the Jimmy Buffett inspired Phlock to the Beach a Buffett Style Beach Bash events – Chalk Art on the Apron and Phlock to the Beach Concert from August to spring. This date change caused the elimination of two previously held events from the Phlock offerings --Pub & Grub Crawl and the Beach Day games. In its 17th year, the Oak Island Lighthouse Run has become a premier running event in Brunswick County, with the 2014 event attracting a total of 740 participants combined for the 5k, 10k & Half Marathon. Always looking to enhance the participant’s experience, the Chamber deliberated about how it could new activities to increase visitors and participation. The Chamber’s Phlock to the Beach and the EAA Chapter 939 events were the perfect fit. The Oak Island Lighthouse Run participants now have a fun theme, so they can dress up as any Jimmy Buffett look they choose. The Phlock Concert and Phlock Chalk Art on the Apron along with the EAA Chapter 939’s Pancake Breakfast, and Wings & Wheels will round out offering of activities for not only the Lighthouse run participants but for the general public. The EAA Chapter 939 will begin the activities at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport with its locally celebrated pancake breakfast on Saturday from 8:30am-11:00am. All you can eat pancakes with sausage and juice for a $5.00 donation. Classic car and aircraft enthusiasts will revel in a chance to peruse these beauties at the Wings and Wheels event on Saturday from 9:00am- 2:00pm, all while DJ Bill Vann spins some lively music. Phlock to the Beach Vendors will be selling food and beverages. The admission price to Wings and Wheels, organized by the EAA Chapter 939, is free for spectators and aircraft. Wheels registration fee is $10.00. There will be Dash Plaques to the first 75 vehicles registered and Class Trophies and Special Awards. For the participating Wings there will be Panel Plaques to the first 50 aircraft, Landing Contest and awards for Best Low & High Wing and Best Homebuilt. Adding to the day’s activities at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport is Phlock to the Beach Chalk Art of the Apron from 9:00am-11:00am. Chalk Art on the Apron is an event that encourages local artist to use their imagination to paint trop-style art on the run-way surrounding the events of the Phlock to the Beach Concert. Artists should contact the Chamber or Missy at Pescado y Amor on Oak Island to sign-up to participate in this free event. After a day of running, drawing, flying and driving, the evening heats up with the Phlock to the Beach Concert from 4pm-9pm at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. There will be food by Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering and Wallace Catering, beverages sponsored by Landshark Lager and trop rock/disco duo Party of Two, Shag Demonstrations by Society of Brunswick Shaggers and Buffett/Country music by Chillin’ Dixie. A Chinese Raffle and good-natured contests like Jimmy Buffett Look-A-Like, Hula Hoop, and Hula Skirt Sway will round out the evening. The finale will be the crowning of Mr. Longitude and Miss Latitude. Admission tickets for the April 18th, Phlock to the Beach Concert from 4pm-9pm are $5.00 per person in advance, $10.00 per person at the Gate. Children 15 and younger with a paying adult are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce on the Phlock page of Oak Island Lighthouse Run website www.oakislandlighthouserun.com Questions? Contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at (910) 457-6964. All activities with the exception of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run will be held on the West Ramp of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Oak Island. The West Ramp is accessed by turning off Long Beach Road (Hwy. 133) onto Airport Road at the stop light. After the turn remain on Airport Road to the end of the Jetport property and enter at the gate marked Enter Here. The Southport-Oak Island area includes the towns of Bald Head Island, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Caswell Beach, Oak Island, St. James, and Southport. These coastal communities offer beaches, golf, an active life-style and host of community programs. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce provides support and promotion of member businesses. The chamber hosts events and activities to engage residents, attract tourists and promote an active quality of life. For more information about Phlock to the Beach-A Buffett Style Beach Bash, Oak Island Lighthouse Run, membership in the chamber and area information visit: www.southport-oakisland.com or call (910) 457-6964. For information on the EAA Chapter 939 events visit: www.eaa939.org.
COLUMBIA, SC March 5, 2015 - Today Zac Brown Band announced their 2015 North American Tour with stops at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on May 7 and PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte on June 4. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday March 20 at 10am and will be available at LiveNation.com, the venue box offices, Ticketmaster and by phone 800-745-3000. Pre-sale tickets for Zac Brown Band fan-club members are available for select dates - for all fan club information visit www.ZacBrownBand.com.
May 7 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh
June 4 – PNC Music Pavilion CharlotteZac Brown Band's forthcoming album 'JEKYLL + HYDE' will be out April 28, 2015, on Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records. The band will premiere new music from the album this weekend during their first performance on Saturday Night Live. Describing the album's direction, Zac told Rolling Stone earlier this year that it will have "things that people will expect and things that they won't." Digital pre-orders will include immediate downloads of "Homegrown", "Dress Blues" and "Heavy Is the Head (feat. Chris Cornell)" at select partners. "Homegrown" -- the band's highest chart debut, which is bulleted at #10 on country radio this week -- has earned massive fan support and early praise for its "rock feel" (Country Weekly) and "intricately arranged vocal harmonies" (Billboard); "Dress Blues", written by Jason Isbell, is a somber and stirring tribute to members of the military who have been killed in service; and "Heavy Is the Head", which features Chris Cornell, the multi GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and legendary frontman for pioneering rock bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, makes its world premiere this Friday, March 6th, on iHeartRadio's Mainstream and Active Rock station. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles. 'JEKYLL + HYDE' physical copies are available for pre-order now at: www.ZacBrownBand.com 'JEKYLL + HYDE' follows Zac Brown Band's three platinum-selling albums, 'Uncaged', 'You Get What You Give', and 'The Foundation', and their 2013 project 'The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1', which have together sold over seven million copies, produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles and earned three GRAMMYs. Zac Brown Band is: singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.
TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC March 3, 2015 - Make sure to mark down April 11, 2015 on your calendar for the The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island 5th Annual Breast Cancer Bike Ride on April 11, 2015! The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island is a non-profit organization which uses the money raised from an island-wide bicycle ride to help local breast cancer patients and survivors. The 26 mile bike ride takes place in April of each year and begins at the South side of Topsail Island, NC and finishes at the North-end of the island. Registration events are held at various local venues throughout the weeks leading up to the ride.
Date: April 11, 2015
Event: REEL HOUSEWIVES OF TOPSAIL ISLAND 5th Annual Breast Cancer Bike Ride
Cost: Bike Ride: $25/ Person (Includes Bike Ride, T-Shirt, Lunch and Entry to all RHOTI functions)
Registration: 2015 RHOTI Registrations (Times: 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Locations - see below)
March 7: Gilligans (14085 NC Hwy 50, Surf City, NC) - Live music by Fryd on the Boat March 14: Brass Pelican (2112 N. New River Dr, Surf City, NC) - Live music by Back of the Boat Duo March 21: Lo-re-Lei (1019 Old Folkstone Rd, Sneads Ferry, NC) - Live music by Nashville recording artist Boe EdensApril 11th After Party: Trailer Bar (1701 N. New River Dr, Surf City NC) - Live music Fryd on the Boat! Want to SPONSOR or have something to DONATE? All donations are welcome and will go towards helping LOCAL Breast Cancer Victims. SPONSORSHIPS include your name promoted on our annual T-shirt (worn by each bike rider), 4/11/15 bike ride entry fee, T-shirt and lunch. There are different levels: $500 Platinum, $300 Gold & $100 Silver. CONTRIBUTIONS are greatly appreciated! We accept raffle prizes, gift certificates, etc. *Please contact Annette Erny 910-228-9960 for more information or visit the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/352263678292902.*
Canton, Pennsylvania, March 2nd, 2015- It's still very cold here. Like, as cold as Alaska...no sh**. I Googled it the other night back and the Arctic Circle was only 1 degree colder. I thought that last winter was special and that it would be the coldest winter I would manage for years. It turns out I was wrong but that kind of makes me want to talk about the last year or so. I know that as I write this, I can hear it in my voice and I love the sound of my own voice. Those of you who have heard my voice know that you can hear it in your head right now and you know you love it. Pennsylvania, the state of my birth, has shown itself to be a brutal place to spend the winter. Every bit as cold and snowy as upstate New York, in Fort Ann. I saw -22 degrees there last January and I've seen similar temperatures since I got here in January. Canton, where I can find most of my family on my Dad's side, is a short drive from the woods where my Grandpa Chet Turner was born. The folks around here are fun. The fact that I'm related to most of them might have something to do with that. That still doesn't change how freaking cold it is. I kind of enjoy it, to be honest. The love of brutal life that almost hurts to live runs sort of deep in me. It's the kind of weather that jeans aren't warm enough for. I have never felt anything as cold as the northeast. Now granted, I've never been to the northern part of the Midwest for very long. Most of my experience in states that get down colder than -22 has been lived in a Greyhound or an Amtrak, in relative comfort. For Pete's sake, I can't understand why anyone would put themselves through that. Anyhow, I've learned a few things about life in the cold. Going, last winter from PA to New England, Denver and then the Rockies with naught but some hoodies and jackets was stupid. It was miserable at times. When I left Denver last June, I ditched my winter clothes until...well...actually, I broke them back out in August while I was hiking in Washington...for someone who grew up in Sneads Ferry and Topsail Island, it's been a pretty chilly year. It was really only a couple of months when I wasn't looking at snow. A huge shout of gratitude to my family and friends in Los Angeles and San Diego for providing me with a little beach weather. Otherwise, the year pretty much looked like this... There was the short period of time where my year resembled this... There was another time where it looked kind of like this... But it was mostly things of this nature (this is snow in August, by the way)... If you've been reading my stuff from the beginning, you know that I anticipated a year in the lower latitudes. I wanted to get on a boat in the Caribbean. Instead, I wound up "exiling" myself to a long winter. It almost seemed to be a metaphor for the frame of mind I was in. I was hung over on the lifetime of an endless summer. Everything "beachy" kind of got put off to the side. It wasn't intentional, I kind of went where I went because at the time, it was the place to go. The thing is, along the way, I found friends and family, beauty, adventure, and a desire to share it. Despite the temperature, great people and times kept me plenty warm. When I wound up here... Or here... Or here... Or here... ...I never felt the cold. I've been broke, desperate and destitute, occasionally. It wasn't easy but it has been fun. It has been cold and new. I have been frozen and thawed so many times but I've never been more grateful for a warm radiator or wood stove and great people. Despite my predisposition toward feeling miserable when it's cold out, I've always felt like this (this particular picture was from San Diego, so it wasn't cold but it kind of captures exactly what I mean)... Having said all of that, go find some friends like this, and go do things like this... but above all, remember to leave time to monkey around with Grandma. In Florida. Where there is no snow.
Outback Concerts Presents Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson Saturday · May 2 · 7:30 p.m.
Tickets on Sale Friday, February 27 at 10 a.m.(Ticket Limit 8 per person) ~ General Admission Lawn Seating/$35; Price increases to $40 the day of the show, General Admission Pit/$40, Reserved Table Seats/$40 ~ Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m.) or through etix.com. By phone call (800) 514-3849 Etix hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/noon – 8 p.m. EST For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025. About SMG Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.
MOREHEAD CITY, NC Feb. 25, 2015 - The Coastal Cohorts are bringing their hit musical "King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running" back to Carteret County to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary. Don Dixon, Bland Simpson and Jim Wann will perform their popular show, featuring songs and stories of the Carolina coast, on April 17-18 in Joslyn Hall at Carteret Community College. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The music celebrates life on the Carolina coast with a combination of upbeat tunes and ballads, along with stories of pier-fishing, shag-dancing, ghosts and shifting sands. The late Clive Barnes, then the theater critic for the New York Post, called the show "a pure salt-watered delight." The presentation is a joint fundraiser for the N.C. Coastal Federation and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island. "As 'King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running' focuses on three old friends who like to get together as often as possible and fish the coastal Carolina waters, we've always known the show shared deep, down-home values with the N.C. Coastal Federation and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center," said Simpson, a federation board member. "Staging 'King Mackerel' together has always been a wonderful experience." "From both cultural and environmental perspectives, 'King Mackerel's' Coastal Cohorts are straight-ahead fellows who want to see things stay good and healthy and right on the coast, not just for themselves but for all their families, kin and friends. There's a we're-in-this-together Cohort spirit that also typifies the federation and the museum, and that's why the show and these two groups are such a good fit." Tickets and sponsorships are available online at www.nccoast.org. For more information, call the federation at 252.393.8185 or the museum at 252.728.1500. About the North Carolina Coastal Federation: "Working Together for a Healthy Coast" The N.C. Coastal Federation is the state's only non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat restoration and preservation. The federation's headquarters office is located at 3609 N.C. 24 in Ocean between Morehead City and Swansboro and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The federation also operates field offices in Wrightsville Beach and Manteo. For more information call 252.393.8185 or check our website at www.nccoast.org.
BRAND NEW with special guest Manchester Orchestra Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh Saturday May 9 COLUMBIA, SC Feb. 23, 2015 - Brand New with special guest Manchester Orchestra will play Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Saturday May 9. Tickets will go on sale Thursday February 26 at noon at Livenation.com, via the Live Nation app, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and Duke Energy Center box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information go to livenation.com.
NORTH CAROLINA SPORTS LEGENDS RALEIGH, NC Feb. 20, 2015 - What does it take to become a professional athlete or an Olympic medalist? Four outstanding athletes from North Carolina will share their stories and highlight their sports careers, past and present, during Tar Heel Sports Legends: A Panel and Workshop for Youth on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. For ages 12 and up, this free program also includes a gallery hunt through the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame to test your sports knowledge. This exciting and educational program is presented in partnership with Our Youth Matters of Raleigh.Donal Ware, host of the nationally syndicated sports talk radio show “From the Press Box to Press Row,” will moderate the panel discussion. “Tar Heel Sports Legends will be an interactive dialogue between students, coaches, parents and four distinguished athletes with North Carolina ties,” says Michael Eure, Vice President for Administration, Our Youth Matters. “The athletes are eager to share some insights they have acquired from high school, collegiate and professional competition.” These athletes will be the featured speakers on March 7. Stanley Myron Bryant is an offensive lineman with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He grew up in Goldsboro and played basketball and football at Goldsboro High School. Bryant attended Elizabeth City State University before transferring to East Carolina University, where he helped the Pirates win a conference championship. He has been a member of the Denver Broncos and the Calgary Stampeders. In 2014 the Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup. For the 2015 season, Bryant signed a new contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bershawn “Batman” Jackson was the 2005 IAAF World Champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles. He is one of the most accomplished intermediate hurdlers in the history of track and field. Jackson recently won his third consecutive United States national title with a world-leading time of 47.31 sec. He attended Saint Augustine’s University, and he currently lives in Wake County. Tresa “Tree” Brown-Tomlinson is a legendary ACC women’s basketball powerhouse who led the UNC-Chapel Hill team from 1980 to 1984. She was named a Kodak All-American, MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, and an All-ACC selection during her senior year. Brown-Tomlinson is among UNC’s top 10 in career scoring average, total rebounds, and blocked shots. In 1995 she became one of the first women's basketball athletes to have her jersey retired by UNC-CH. In 2008 she was selected as an ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Legend. Brown-Tomlinson grew up in Raleigh and played basketball for Garner High School and Sanderson High School. She is currently the assistant superintendent for programs at the N.C. Department of Correction’s Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington. Donald Williams has had an outstanding basketball career. While attending Garner High School, he was a Parade/McDonald’s All-American and the 1991 North Carolina High School Player of the Year. He played basketball for Coach Dean Smith at UNC-Chapel Hill and helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA National Championship in 1993, when he was named the Most Outstanding Player. After UNC, Donald played 12 seasons professionally, winning three championships overseas and touring with the Harlem Globetrotters. Now retired from playing basketball, he serves the community through his camps and private lessons. He shares his knowledge of basketball and life at the Donald Williams Basketball Academy. Our Youth Matters (OYM) Program is a nonprofit organization that was designed as an academic and social intervention program with a focus on deterring dropout rates and encouraging productive participation within the Wake County Public School System, private schools, home schools, and the community. For more information, go to www.ouryouthmatters.org. To learn more about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube. About the N.C. Museum of History The N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.
JACKSONVILLE, NC Feb. 19, 2015 - The annual dinner and auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for PEERS Family Development Center. It helps to fund our evidence based programs that are designed to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. PEERS brings families together and you can too through your support of our programs. Parent Education Our Evidence Based Programs teach parents to discipline non-violently, communicate, encourage, nurture, protect, and give unconditional love. Adolescent Parenting Program The program is designed for teens 19 and under experiencing pregnancy for the first time. The program provides transportation assistance, case management, home visits, group meetings, referrals, education, and an incentive program. Drop-In Child Care A free service offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am -1 pm to any parent needing respite care.
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM Discovery Church International 1309 Lejeune Boulevard Jacksonville, NC 28540
Tickets are $35.00 per person and can be purchased by calling
PEERS Family Development Center 151 Chaney Avenue Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-333-9725
Online petition launched and events announced to oppose proposal that allows for citizens to “self identify” which bathroom or locker room they prefer to use.CHARLOTTE, NC Feb. 18, 2015 – Several churches, non-profits and business leaders in the Charlotte area have organized to oppose a proposed expansion of the city's nondiscrimination policy going before Charlotte City Council on Monday, February 23 that, in addition to threatening the religious liberty of Charlotte business owners, would also allow for persons of any sex to choose which bathroom and locker room facilities they would like to use. The campaign has been named “Don’t do it Charlotte” and supporters have created an online petition that can be found at www.dontdoitcharlotte.com. The signatures obtained on this petition will be submitted to City Council members on Monday evening. The group has planned an informational session for Charlotte-area pastors, to be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Uptown Charlotte, 301 S. Davidson Street, Charlotte, 28202. All area pastors are invited to attend and should RSVP by calling 704-375-1446. The purpose of this session is to learn about the legal impact of the proposed non-discrimination ordinance for churches, businesses, and citizens of Charlotte and to discuss what pastors and churches can do to stop it. A rally is also being held prior to the city council meeting on Monday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at 600 E. 4th Street in Uptown Charlotte. The rally is designed to unite people opposed to the ordinance modifications and to demonstrate to council the large number of businesses and families that don’t want this amendment. To date, the only evidence presented to council was in the form of a memorandum from city attorney, Robert E. Hagemann that only included propaganda from the Human Rights Campaign, a self-described civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Speakers expected at the rally include Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition, Dr. Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, as well as David and Jason Benham, Christian businessmen and authors.