Wilmington’s signature summertime concert series returns for its 14th season in Downtown.  The concerts will run each Friday night from May 24 through August 30, 2019.  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.

For the 2019 season, WDI received forty applications for 15 possible dates.  To select the final group, WDI is hosting a vote for area residents to select their favorite charity.  The nine organizations with the most votes will be automatically selected to sell wristbands during the upcoming series that starts on May 24.  The remaining organizations will be selected by a review committee.  Only one vote per email and device.   Keep scrolling to learn about the organizations vying for your support.  

After a record 7,174 votes from the public, charities that were awarded concerts this summer include:

May 24                 Plastic Ocean Project

May 31                 Pender HS Football

June 7                   Cape Fear River Watch

June 14                 Wilmington Police Recreation Association

June 21                 Laney HS Baseball

June 28                 Laney HS Band Boosters

July 5                     Lump To Laughter

July 12                   Vietnam Veterans of America

July 19                   Paws Place Dog Rescue

July 26                   DREAMS Center for Arts Education

August 2              SupPORT the Port

August 9              The First Tee Greater Wilmington

August 16            Indo Jax Surf Charities

August 23            Wilmington Railroad Museum

August 30            Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association

Charity Bios:

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.

DREAMS Center for Arts Education

DREAMS of Wilmington is a youth development organization that is dedicated to building creative, committed citizens, one child at a time, by providing youth in need with high-quality, free-of-charge programming in the literary, visual and performing arts.  They provide arts programming to more than 800 young people and their families each year and offer more than 60 classes per week at 15 different sites in the Wilmington area.  These classes include painting, percussion, photography, filmmaking, dance, drama and creative writing

Greater Wilmington Youth Initiative, Inc-  The First Tee Greater Wilmington

The mission of the First Tee Greater Wilmington is to impact, influence and inspire the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and citizenship, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf ages 5 to 17.  They accomplish this through their Life Skills Experience Program.  

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. 

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. 

Plastic Ocean Project

Plastic Ocean Project are bringing the best and brightest leaders to the table to take on the challenge of removing plastics from our oceans while creating sustainable businesses in the process.  Funds raised will go toward their new initiative called Trees4Trash.  They will plant a hardwood tree for every 25 lbs of trash removed the SE North Carolina coastal environment. 

SupPORT the Port Foundation

Support The Port Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that aims to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for underserved communities. Through the arts, philanthropy and scholarship, Support The Port Foundation, Inc. will increase self-ability, and foster a nonviolent environment where excellence in these three realms are celebrated and expanded.

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 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. 

Wilmington Railroad Museum

The Wilmington Railroad Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dependent on the generosity of folks like you to allow us to preserve the railroading history of Wilmington, North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.  Funds raised will go towards upgrades to their front desk admissions area.