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CFLC: Buzz-worthy News!!! The Spelling Bee is back and better than ever for an amazing 29th year!

CFLC: Buzz-worthy News!!! The Spelling Bee is back and better than ever for an amazing 29th year!

  Cape Fear Literacy Council proudly announces the 29th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy! The Bee is on Thursday, September 15th at 7 PM at the Terraces on Sir Tyler. We invite the community to share in this fun evening devoted to words! Admission is FREE and there will be light refreshments, a cash bar, audience games and prizes, and fun for both audience and competitors. You can help your favorite team with the “Best Cheering Section” prize! Not the traditional spelling bee, this friendly competition fields teams of up to 4 adults who work together to spell words that are increasingly more difficult in each round. The grand prize – in addition to bragging rights – is the engraved, traveling Championship Trophy. Other team prizes include “Best Team Name,” “Best Costume” and “Best Cheering Section” prize! Businesses, civic groups and individuals are invited to register a team of up to 4 adult spellers for $400 or become a sponsor at the $500 to $2,000 levels. Friends of literacy can also “Adopt-a-Letter” for a $50 donation per letter of the alphabet. For more information, call The Cape Fear Literacy Council at 910-251-0911.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM! CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BEE...

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CFLC: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Informational Workshop on Tuesday, May 24th

CFLC: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  Informational Workshop on Tuesday, May 24th

YOU ARE INVITED On Tuesday, May 24th, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services representative, Lisa Wohlrab will hold two free information sessions at Cape Fear Literacy Council. This is a chance for you to learn more about citizenship and immigration.  These information sessions are open to the public. Do not miss this opportunity to have all your questions answered! WHERE: Cape Fear Literacy Council, Building B 1012 So. 17th Street, Wilmington DAY: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 TIME (CHOOSE ONE):  10:30 AM – 12 Noon 6:00 – 7:30 PM Call (910) 251-0911 to reserve your...

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Star News: Literacy Council luncheon worked, Spelling Bee up next

Star News: Literacy Council luncheon worked, Spelling Bee up next

Literacy Council luncheon worked, Spelling Bee up next Posted Jun 23, 2016 at 2:59 PM By Cheryl Whitaker StarNews Staff WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Literacy Council celebrates the success of its seventh annual Literacy Luncheon held June 2. The even raised more than $50,000 for the organization while educating nearly 300 community members about the importance of the nonprofit’s mission: to provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger local community.  At the luncheon, the Literacy Council was also successful in meeting a $25,000 Challenge Grant presented by Live Oak Bank. The council will hold the 29th annual Spelling Bee for Literacy at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Terraces on Sir Tyler, 1826 Sir Tyler Drive. Admission is free. There will be light refreshments, a cash bar, and team and audience prizes. Click here to read the full article...

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CFLC: Please join us for the 7th Annual Literacy Luncheon on June 2nd and participate in the Live Oak Bank Challenge Grant!

CFLC: Please join us for the 7th Annual Literacy Luncheon on June 2nd and participate in the Live Oak Bank Challenge Grant!

Please join Cape Fear Literacy Council and our Presenting Sponsor, Live Oak Bank, in celebrating CFLC’s mission to provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger local community. Mark your calendars to join Cape Fear Literacy Council on Thursday, June 2nd, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, for the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s 7th Annual Literacy Luncheon featuring CFLC’s Readers’ Theater and special guest, celebrated author and philosopher, Tom Morris. For the 2016 Luncheon, Cape Fear Literacy Council is very pleased to announce the receipt of a $25,000 “Challenge Grant” from Live Oak Bank. Live Oak Bank has generously agreed to match every sponsorship and donation for the Luncheon, up to $25,000, doubling the impact of each investment in the Literacy Council! Luncheon guests will also have the opportunity to meet several students whose lives have been changed through their experiences at CFLC and enjoy a performance from the CFLC Readers’ Theater, a popular interactive learning program in which performers read from a script to interpret a text for an audience. This is your opportunity to help us secure our future! Sponsorships and Table Host opportunities are available by clicking the links below. Click here to review the 2016 Luncheon Sponsorship Packet. Additionally, a limited amount of Reserved Seats are also available for a suggested donation of $100 each. CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES CLICK HERE FOR TABLE HOST OPPORTUNITIES CLICK FOR TO RESERVE A SEAT And if you are a literacy supporters who may not be able to join us at the 2016 Literacy Luncheon, but you still want to give the gift of literacy and take part in the $25,000 Live Oak Bank “Challenge Grant” – please click on the link below. Thank you for your continued support! I WANT TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LITERACY!...

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Port City Daily: Superhero, sci-fi fans unite for first Cape Fear Comic Con

Port City Daily:  Superhero, sci-fi fans unite for first Cape Fear Comic Con

Superhero, sci-fi fans unite for first Cape Fear Comic Con By Hilary Snow on April 8, 2016 Calling all cape-wearers and cosplayers, amateur superheroes and would-be zombies – the first Cape Fear Comic Con is nigh. Fanboys and girls of all ages can geek out to a host of cross-genre artists and notable personalities during the inaugural event, set for Saturday, April 16, at Wilmington Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Road. A growing national trend anchored by longstanding conventions like the one in San Diego, comic cons are mass gatherings of fans of comic books and graphic novels and the artists behind the work.  The local event is one that arose organically from the supportive network of vendors and visitors within the con circuit, organizer John Stamey said. Stamey, who still remembers with fondness the first time he saw Eartha Kitt as Catwoman on the late-60s “Batman” series, is certainly an eager fan, but his foray into comic cons came about in a roundabout way. An insurance salesman by trade, he came across a caricature artist who was applying for a job with his company. Rather than partner in that field, Stamey ended up helping back the budding artist, and the two created Carolina Caricatures in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Growing the business to a team of five artists, the duo decided to get in on the comic con market. And as they traveled around the region, Stamey heard a common theme. Click here to read the full...

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Start-News: Organizer hopes MGC Parade Mile encourages families to exercise

Start-News: Organizer hopes MGC Parade Mile encourages families to exercise

Organizer hopes MGC Parade Mile encourages families to exercise   By Tim Hower Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1:56 p.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1:56 p.m. The origin of the MGC Parade Mile is a pretty simple one. Local attorney Walt Rapp wanted to do something positive in the community that would help his children understand the importance of giving back. Rapp reached out to Tom Clifford of Without Limits and Colin Hackman of Go Time. The three came up with the idea of having a competitive 1-mile race with proceeds from the event going to a local nonprofit organization. Approximately $10,000 was raised for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity during last year’s inaugural race. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council. Click here to read the full...

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NC Azalea Festival: Join CFLC for the MGC Parade Mile – April 9th at the Azalea Festival!

NC Azalea Festival: Join CFLC for the MGC Parade Mile – April 9th at the Azalea Festival!

The Parade Mile will take place at approximately 8:55a on April 9, 2016 immediately before the Azalea Festival Parade. According to the festival’s website, the parade brings approximately 100K people to downtown Wilmington each year.The race will be broken down into several heats, include and encourage the participation of children, and the final heat will be participants in Azalea Festival garb, a fun mile with people in southern belle dresses and seersucker suits. The course will be an out and back through a portion of the parade route on 3rd street starting and finishing in front of the Grand Stands of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade. The parade will start shortly after that last heat.The 2016 race will be for the benefit of Cape Fear Literacy Council. We will select other local non-profit groups as the beneficiary in future years as we plan for this race to be an integral part of parade day for many years to come and want to focus on making a difference across the community through supporting various groups.For general questions about the race or sponsorship opportunities, please email Walt Rapp at walt.rapp@mgclaw.com.Learn more about the Parade Mile & Azalea Festival CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE MGC PARADE...

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Greater Wilmington Business Journal: Payne Named To New Post With Literacy Council

Greater Wilmington Business Journal: Payne Named To New Post With Literacy Council

Payne Named To New Post With Literacy Council By Jenny Callison, Posted Jan 5, 2016 A member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council staff has taken a new position with the organization. Erin Payne, CFLC’s former community outreach coordinator, has been named the literacy council’s new director of fund development, and has successfully completed her first project in that capacity. Payne’s career has focused on the nonprofit sector, according to a news release from the organization. She has served as the executive director of several nonprofits and has raised more than $5 million for various local and national causes. Involved with CFLC since 2009, Payne began there as a member of the council’s board and joined the staff in 2013. She holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from University of North Carolina Wilmington. “Together with CFLC’s Executive Director, Yasmin Tomkinson, and the organization’s Fund Development Committee, she will be responsible for securing funding for the Literacy Council’s annual $500,000 budget,” the release stated. Click here for the full...

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Encore Magazine: The Cape Fear Literacy Council’s popular 12 Tastes of Christmas returns

Encore Magazine: The Cape Fear Literacy Council’s popular 12 Tastes of Christmas returns

Published: December 8, 2015 By:  Shannon Rae Gentry NOT TO MISS: The 12 Tastes of Christmas to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council likely will be another sold out event at the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) on Dec. 11 . Photo by EJM Photography U.S. Department of Education research shows low literacy is an underlying issue related to underemployment, poor health status and limited civic engagement. These and other social ills come at significant costs to individuals and society as a whole. “The effects of low literacy cost the United States more than $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment,” says Erin Payne, director of fund development at CFLC. To tackle low literacy requires volunteers and funding, which ultimately requires fundraising events. One of CFLC’s newest annual efforts, 12 Tastes of Christmas, quickly has become a favorite around the holidays. ILM foodies can flock to the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) for the third annual event on Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The theme this year is “Ice Haus.” Think of it as a blue winter wonderland of sorts, says co-organizer of 12 Tastes, Nina Bays-Cournoyer. All to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council, guests sample seasonal bites and enjoy sips of festive cocktails, as made by local restaurateurs and eateries. PinPoint, Palate, Caprice Bistro, Flytrap Brewing, Chops Deli, Wilmington Brewing Company, Yosake, Detour Deli, Twist & Stout, Costellos, Soulful Twist, Duck & Dive, and many more are participating in what is expected to be another sold-out event. Festivities will be complete with raffles, while DJ Free Waterfall will set the groove throughout the evening in fashionably festive attire. encore talked to both Payne and Bays-Cournoyer about the new and returning vendors, what’s being plated up this year, and how the event helps combat low literacy in the Wilmington area. Click here to read the full...

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The 31st Annual CFLC Gala – Take Me To Neverland – Tickets on Sale!

The 31st Annual CFLC Gala – Take Me To Neverland – Tickets on Sale!

You’ll never want to grow up when you reach our Neverland!  Venture past the ‘second star to the right’ with hosts Cape Fear Literacy Council and Ashley Furniture Homestore to a Neverland evening of fun and fantasy, as we raise funds to make literacy a reality for hundreds of adults this year. CFLC provides small group classes and one-to-one tutoring to help the nearly 40% of adults in the Cape Fear Region who struggle to read this page. You’ll want to party ‘straight on til morning’ at our 31st Annual Gala, being held at Events at Watermark! Highlights include: Live music by Jack Jack 180, one of the most popular party bands on the East Coast Creative cuisine by C.M. Rogers from Middle of the Island, who will provide a variety of delicacies inspired by Neverland Vocal auction by Alan Perry, including exciting get-aways, unique treasures, and fantastic packages inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan An extensive silent auction, including spa treatments, golf outings, art, and many other wonderful gifts and services from businesses in our community Plentiful beer, wine, and signature cocktails Join us as your favorite Neverland character or don your favorite cocktail party attire and get ready for an adventure like you have never experience before in Wilmington! All-inclusive tickets are $125 each.  A sell-out adventure is anticipated, so purchase your tickets today. ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSE AT 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY BY CALLING (910) 251-0911. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON SATURDAY, STARTING AT 6 PM – $125 EACH (+ $40 FOR VIP UPGRADE)...

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