Wilmington’s signature summertime concert series returns for its 13th season to Riverfront Park in Downtown.  The concerts will run each Friday night from May 25 through August 31, 2018.  The free event is from 6:30pm to 10pm and features both local performers and touring bands.  Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) organizes and directs the event.

Charity Wristband Program:  As a way to involve more local residents and help support other community organizations, WDI partners with area nonprofit agencies to sell and split the proceeds from wristbands sold at the event.  Wristbands cost $1 and can be purchased by people who are 21 and older and want to enjoy beer and wine during the show. Last year, WDI raised and donated over $10,700 to area nonprofits through this wristband program.


The 2018 Charity Wristband Partners

May 25 Cape Fear River Watch
June 1 Lump to Laughter Inc
June 8 Indo Jax Surf Charities
June 15 New Hanover Cheerleading
June 22 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 885
June 29 SkyWatch Bird Rescue & Conservation Center
July 6 Wilmington Fur Ball
July 13 Wilmington Professional Firefighter Association
July 20 Pender High School Football
July 27 Laney HS Band Boosters
August 3 Paws Place Dog Rescue
August 10 Laney HS Baseball
August 17 American Legion Post 68
August 24 Operation Pretty Things
August 31 Wilmington Police Recreation Assocation



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.

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. 

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!”

Laney High School Band Booster

The Laney High School Band Boosters raises money to cover the cost of transportation for the bands to football games and competitions.  They also use the funds to purchase the music, design and props for the marching band.   Laney High School is unable to accommodate concerts, so the boosters pay to use community churches and other facilities to host these events. 

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.  The funds raised assist the purchase of any equipment needs that change each year and to feed the players pre and post games. 

Lump to Laughter

Lump to Laughter is dedicated to providing support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.  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.  Funds raised will provide financial assistance to those currently undergoing treatment through their Angle Fund. 

New Hanover Cheerleading

New Hanover Cheerleading raises money to cover the cost of transportation for games and competitions.  They also use the funds to purchase supplies for events and sporting events in an effort to share school spirit with the community. 

Operation Pretty Things

Operation Pretty Things is an organization designed to prepare women for success by providing gifts containing the essential beauty products required to maintain a competitive role in the workplace.  Securing a job is undeniably more competitive with each passing year. Along with the necessary qualifications for a particular profession, there is a visible expectation projected on women.  We have made it our mission to ensure that each individual can confidently secure a place for themselves in their communities, provide an income for their families, and reestablish a new sense of self and identity.

Paws Place Dog Rescue

Paws Place is a no-kill, non-profit shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs. We operate entirely on donations, volunteers, and an unending love for animals. Upon arrival, each of our dogs is fully vetted and examined. Before they are available for adoption, they are spayed or neutered, given all age-appropriate vaccinations, started on heart-worm preventative, microchipped, and showered with love and affection.  In 2017, they rescued 137 dogs and adopted out 145. 

Pender High School Football

Pender High School Football 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.  The funds raised assist the purchase of any equipment needs that change each year and to feed the players pre and post games. 

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.  Funds raised with assist in buying medical supplies and food for the thousands of injured and orphaned birds they receive each year. 

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.

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.

Wilmington Police Recreation Association

The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Public Charity.  Contributions to the Association are deductible under Section 170 of the Code.  The Association is dedicated to the advancement of the Wilmington Police Department’s image and the well-being of the community. The Association achieves this purpose through sponsorship of youth athletic teams, providing holiday food baskets for the elderly and needy, public education and safety projects, and other charitable contributions.

Wilmington Professional Firefighter Association

The mission of the WPFFA is to ensure safety of our firefighters and citizens, promote positive morale along with social and economic equality; while encouraging the highest degree of skill, political cooperation, and positive change in the Wilmington Fire Department.  Through charity and education WPFFA aims to be a positive force for good in the community.   Fund collected will go towards the Eric Lacewell Memorial Fund with will provide scholarships to local students in our area.