What an amazing response!!  Almost 6000 votes were cast for this year's Charity Wristband Partners.   We will be announcing the charities in the next couple weeks.    Thank you for supporting the wonderful charities throughout the area.   


Learn more about our charity applicants

A Bike for Every Child

A Bike for Every Child collects gently used bikes from the community, refurbishes them, and gives the bikes and new helmets to kids and adults who need one.  ​We partner with local community organizations and provide bicycles and helmets to their participants at no cost to them.

A Safe Place

A Safe Place is a not for profit organization focused on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. This organization serves the southeastern region of North Carolina with programs such as a toll-free anonymous hotline to encourage victims to seek help, an Outreach Center that provides a nurturing environment where victims are able to engage with others in the program for support, and hotel/motel outreach that trains hotel and hotel staff to identify victims and offers A Safe Place’s contact information in rooms and highly visible locations. 

American Legion Post 68

The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris, France, at the close of World War I. The organization now includes veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon/Grenada periods, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War On Terror.   The American Legion, since its founding, has endeavored to assist veterans, their widows and children, and their fellow citizens. The North Carolina American Legion, with over 40,000 paid members, are proud to carry on this tradition.

Bellamy Mansion Museum

The Bellamy Mansion Museum, located in downtown Wilmington, is one of North Carolina’s best examples of antebellum architecture. The 10,000-square-foot mansion, gardens and slave quarters (both of which had to be recreated and restored) were built for physician and planter John Dillard Bellamy and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss, and their children just before the Civil War. Today, the mansion serves as a museum showcasing the history and the design arts. There are daily tours offered as well as many educational and cultural programs throughout the year. 

Camp Schreiber Foundation

Camp Schreiber’s mission is to motivate and reward deserving teens who are pursuing their dream of higher education. Originally inspired by Geoffrey Canada, Camp Schreiber began as an idea to aid those overcoming significant obstacles on their path to higher education. With assistance from Teach for America, we identify and work with teens that show character and academic ambition in the face of challenging circumstances. We reward these teens with a trip to a summer camp in Canada and seek to enable them to continue towards higher education through additional support year round.

Canines for Service

Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained assistance dogs.

Cape Fear Center for Inquiry

Cape Fear Center for Inquiry is committed to promoting students’ abilities to think and create in personally meaningful ways through an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum in a nurturing and empowering environment.  The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry (CFCI) is a public charter school located in Wilmington, NC. As a charter school we are funded by the state of North Carolina and do not charge tuition.

Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association

Supports the local 5th District GAL program by providing enrichment opportunities for abused and neglected children currently placed in the foster care system. Separately funded from the GAL program, CFGALA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization entirely dependent on donations and grants. All board members are volunteers and funds go to the direct support of foster children in New Hanover and Pender counties.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity was established in 1987 and has served more than 175 hard-working families through the construction and rehabilitation of homes throughout New Hanover and Pender counties. Completed in 2013, The Cottages at Cornerstone and Gideon Pointe are Cape Fear Habitat’s subdivisions in Wilmington, NC, and they are home to 40 Habitat families.

Cape Fear Literacy Council

In 1970, the Wilmington Literacy Group was a volunteer mission project of the Wilmington Baptist Association. Over time, this grassroots outreach expanded to meet the needs of our community and in 1984 The Cape Fear Literacy Council was officially founded. It was run by volunteers and one VISTA worker, founding director Billie Granger. By 1985 the Cape Fear Literacy Council was officially chartered as an independent, not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. For more than 30 years, CFLC has recruited, trained, and certified approximately 2,000 volunteer tutors. These tutors, in turn, have donated hundreds of thousands of hours to help thousands of adult learners throughout the Cape Fear region.

Cape Fear River Watch

The Cape Fear River Watch was founded as a not for profit organization in 1993 by a group of citizens concerned about the future of the River and the Region. Their mission is to improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy, and action. The organization offers a variety of educational opportunities, such as a monthly seminar, Eco-tours, water-quality education programs, and storm water management training for local government staff. Cape Fear River Watch also does what their name implies and watches the river to stop industrial pollution, as well as clean up litter and monitor and conduct water quality research. 

Communities In Schools of Cape Fear

CISCF works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school.  CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs.


Cucalorus is a non-competitive festival designed to encourage creative exchange while supporting and celebrating filmmakers. Cucalorus Festival was established in 1994 as a not for profit organization that supports emerging artists through the five day film festival in downtown Wilmington, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a micro-cinema, and an extensive community outreach program. Since their start, Cucalorus has grown to be one of the largest film festivals in the South, screening more than 200 films each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington. 

Good Shepherd Center

The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.

Historic Wilmington Foundation

HWF is a not for profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the architectural and historical resources in the Lower Cape Fear region. The Foundation was established in 1966 and utilizes a revolving fund to save historic properties by buying them, placing protective easements on them, and selling them for rehabilitation. Since their start HWF has been able to save nearly one hundred and fifty properties through loans and easements, as well as preserve hundreds more with the Foundation’s influence.  

Indo Jax Surf Charities

IndoJax® Surf Charities is committed to empowering disadvantaged, medically fragile, and special-needs children by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf. We believe that the ocean and learning to surf has profound healing properties and can build self-esteem. We provide these surf camps at no charge to the participants. Children who take part in our surf camps inevitably move from a feeling of skepticism and reluctance around the ocean to empowerment and confidence, giving them the sense that “If I can surf, I can do anything!”

Interfaith Refugee Ministry- Wilmington

Interfaith Refugee Ministry is a dedicated to helping refugees rebuild their lives in eastern North Carolina. Our task is to assist refugees with the basic necessities when they first arrive in New Bern and surrounding areas. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance with housing, food, clothing, employment, learning English, and cultural orientation.  The ultimate goal is to help refugees become self-reliant, emotionally secure and culturally adjusted in their new home.

Laney High School Baseball

Laney Baseball program consists of two divisions which are Varsity and Junior Varsity. This program displays great sportsmanship, hard work, dedication, and motivation through their actions both on and off the field.

Leading into New Communities Inc

Leading Into New Communities, Inc. (LINC) was founded in June 2000 by Tracey Ray and Frankie Roberts as a 501-(3)(c) Non-Profit organization. Our mission is focused on empowering individuals with criminal histories or youth that are at-risk to become serious offenders of the justice system to make positive life choices, enabling them to become productive members of the our community. LINC provides services that meet the immediate needs of ex-offenders, such as shelter, food, clothing and employment. LINC also refers clients to other social service agencies that provide services to further facilitate their reintegration into the community thus Leading Into New Communities.

Love Is Bald

Love is Bald raises money for local Wilmington residents in their fight against cancer.  In the past, they have helped to pay bills for individuals in treatment, purchased mammograms for women in need and provided scholarships for seniors who have lost a parent to cancer and in need of financial help for college. 

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society was founded in 1956 as a non-political, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation and study of history in the Lower Cape Fear region.  The Society's activities include restoration and exhibition of the Latimer House, a Victorian Italianate upper-class merchant's house in the heart of Wilmington's Historic District; the upkeep of the Society archives containing a wealth of local historic documents and publications, many unique; and a plethora of events, lectures, programs, exhibits, etc. throughout the year.

Lump to Laughter

Lump to Laughter is dedicated to providing support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.  No woman should ever have to choose whether to pay her mortgage or pay for costs associated with treatment of breast cancer.  No woman should ever hear "You have cancer", without emotional support.  Lump to Laughter aim to empower the hearts of women who are newly diagnosed with words of encouragement and life because words have power.  They equip women in providing for their basic needs through hope so they may overcome breast cancer, not just survive it. They provide awareness of the spiritual and emotional journey through breast cancer and comfort the spirit of those newly diagnosed.

Manley Reese Long VFW Post 2573 Auxiliary

Manley Reese Long VFW Post 2573 Auxiliary mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts, to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities and to advocate on behalf of all veterans.  Their vision is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

Music Over Mind

Music Over Mind, Inc. (MOM) is dedicated to helping those with mental illness through the art of music. They collaborate with musicians, hospitals, clinics, families and our clients to offer performances, provide music lessons and to help manage the growing artist. MOM’s mission is to promote and expand the use of music to assist in the treatment and recovery of those diagnosed with mental illnesses – our clients. The organization is built on the belief that music can be used to heal, encourage, and bring together everyone touched by mental illness, as well as promotes a stigma-free environment for our clients as well as their family and support networks.

NAMI Wilmington - National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI for short is the nation’s largest grossroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI started in 1979 and now has hundreds of local affiliates, including Wilmington, NC, that work in the community to raise awareness, provide support and education to those in need. The Wilmington chapter conducts monthly educational meetings, support meetings and an Annual NAMI Walk for awareness. 

New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Assoc

The New Hanover County Law Enforcement Association started in 1972 with a small group of dedicated active and retired law enforcement officers and a few veteran friends. Currently our organization has over 350 members and considers itself a community service organization.

North Brunswick Kiwanis Club

The North Brunswick Kiwanis Club is an organization dedicated to improving the world one child at a time.   While they provide numerous resources for different needs, money raised would go to their scholarship fund that provides scholarships to graduating seniors from North Brunswick High School.

Coastal Bengals Football and Cheer

Coastal Bengals Football and Cheer provides an opportunity for children to participate in football and cheer within the community.  They are responsible for the cost all football and cheer equipment, uniforms and game costs.   They also use these funds to help offset travel expenses for any teams that make the playoffs. 

Plastic Ocean Project

The mission of Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. 501(c)3 is to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem, working with and for the next generation to create a more sustainable future.  Their long term goals are to actively and collectively incubate 5 solutions toward the prevention and removal of marine plastics on and off-shore.  We are bringing together a community of world leaders focused on innovation, collaboration, education and outreach.

Pretty in Pink Foundation

The Pretty In Pink Foundation serves people who are diagnosed with breast cancer and do not have adequate health insurance, or in many cases no health insurance at all. When diagnosed with cancer, many people experience financial hardships trying to pay for their treatment and often have to make a decision between cancer treatment or shelter and food. Pretty In Pink’s mission is to ensure that the life-saving medical treatment is available to all breast cancer patients in North Carolina. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through sponsorships, fundraising, donations and pledge drives. 

SkyWatch Bird Rescue and Conservation Center

The mission at SkyWatch Bird Rescue is to raise public awareness through education and to promote preservation and conservation.  Their daily mission is to provide immediate response to injured wildlife in Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas.

Techniques in Motion Booster Club

Techniques in Motion’s mission is to provide professional dance instruction and instill an appreciation for the art of dance in a safe, high quality studio environment. We will encourage students of all ages and skill levels to excel to their fullest potential while having fun. Techniques In Motion Dance Studio is a school that is dedicated to promoting a positive environment for physical fitness and an appreciation of the art of dance to its participants at all levels and skills. The Booster Club raises fund used for competition and convention fees. 

Thalian Association Community Theatre

Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization that’s dedicated to enhancing the rich artistic environment of the Cape Fear region.  Tracing its roots back to 1788, the Thalian Association Community Theatre was founded to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington, North Carolina. Today the Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, a summer season at the Red Barn Studio, offers a Youth Theatre program and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington.

The Children's Museum of Wilmington

The Children's Museum of Wilmington mission is to stimulate children's imagination, curiosity and love of learning through interactive and age appropriate science, math and art activities. Their goal is for all visitors to learn amazing things about themselves and the world in which we live through informal, playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences. In our warm and inviting environment, children find ample opportunity to explore and better understand art, science, culture and more through engaging exhibits and weekly programs.

The OOPS Foundation

OOPS is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making in underserved youth. OOPS was created to help at risk individuals break cycles of negative risk-taking, violence and addiction. 

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 885

Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam Veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

WHQR Public Radio

WHQR Public Radio set up shop in 1984, in a converted bar in a strip mall in Wilmington. Founded by opera lovers concerned about the disappearance of the Metropolitan Opera on local airways, the station thrived by truly becoming a community station, supported and staffed by public radio lovers. Friends of the Opera, the original name of the founders, became Friends of Public Radio, Inc.

Wilmington Choral Society

Wilmington Choral Society is dedicated to the goals of engaging, educating and supporting the greater Cape Fear Community through the vehicle of music.  They strive to further the appreciation and love of choral music and to financially support worthwhile charities through the presentation of traditional masterworks and contemporary music. 

Wilmington Earth Day Alliance

The purpose of the Earth Day Celebration is to allow us all to discover what is available in our own back yard — in terms of environmental issues, actions being taken, and volunteer opportunities.
Wilmington's Earth Day Celebration was created by the Wilmington Earth Day Alliance as part of their growing efforts to bring awareness to the Wilmington, NC community. Although the Alliance's efforts are continuous throughout each year, the focus of their efforts is on the April Celebration.

Wilmington Fur Ball

Profits raised from this annual gala are distributed to no-kill animal rescue groups located in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties. Through the generosity of our supporters and donors, we have distributed $167,375 over the past ten years. As our coastal counties continue to grow in population, so do the many animals in our areas that need help. We are hoping your heart will be touched by their plight and will become a supporter of the Wilmington Fur Ball.

YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

We are an inclusive non-profit organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. At the Y, people from all backgrounds build connections through fitness, sports and shared interests. The Wilmington Family YMCA is a non-profit association committed to a mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear

YWCA Lower Cape Fear is a regional community organization dedicated to ending racism, equal rights for women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA, established in 1858, has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States and has helped shape history in race relations, labor union representation, and the empowerment of women. YWCA Lower Cape Fear chapter programs are focused around the main pillars of eliminating racism, empowering women, nurturing children, promoting health, and special initiatives such as Week Without Violence and Awareness Months.