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Story By Molly Harrison

Good things have happened and good things are coming. We know you want to be in the know about everything that’s going on in Brunswick County, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening on the local scene. For more, flip to What’s Happened (page 21), Business Buzz (page 27) and What’s Happening (page 104).

Brunswick Chamber’s Chairman’s Gala
Photography By Time 2 Remember
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce honored its new Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Employee of the Year during its second annual Chairman’s Gala in March at Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

The gala was a great success, with 195 people coming out to celebrate the chamber’s accomplishments in 2012 and to set the tone for a bright future in 2013.

Shelbourn Stevens of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center was honored as 2012 Citizen of the Year. Other nominees for Citizen of the Year were Debra Allen of Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Protection Organization, Crystal Babson of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Jon David, Brunswick County District Attorney, Kathy Doyle of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, John Madison of John Madison DDS, PA, and James Shoemaker of Cape Fear Merchant Solutions.

The 2012 Employee of the Year was Cindy Cheatham of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. The 2012 Business of the Year award was Naber Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

“This company has done so much for the community,” said Chamber President Shannon Viera. “Not only have they been sponsors of various programs and events, they provide employee time and company resources to the various organizations they support.”

The Brunswick Beacon was named the Member of the Year. Ambassador of the Year was Cindy Leonard of Farm Bureau Insurance. Volunteer of the Year was George Baumgartner.

During the celebration, outgoing chamber board chairman Angie Sutton, general manager of The Brunswick Beacon, passed the gavel to the 2013 chair Allen Bryant of First Citizens Bank.

Skeet Shoot for Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation
Photography By Megan Deitz
A Skeet Shoot to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center was held on Friday, March 15 at the Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland. Shooting began at 9 am and the morning’s festivities included gift bags, prizes and more. On Saturday, a Barn Party at Honalee Stables and Farm in Bolivia included live entertainment and a horse show.

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation exists solely to raise the funds necessary to support the mission and work of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter not covered by reimbursement sources and programs and services that do not have a reimbursement source. Since its founding in 2005, the foundation has raised almost $2 million annually to support the ongoing operating needs to provide quality end-of-life hospice and palliative healthcare and LifeCareCenter programs, such as the bereavement program. The foundation has also initiated projects and fund-raising for the ongoing operating support and capital needs of the agency. As a result, the agency has been able to construct Angel House, a hospice care center to serve Columbus and Bladen counties, the agency headquarters the Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, and the Heritage Garden. With the help of dedicated volunteers in Brunswick County and a $1 million grant from the SECU Foundation, the Closer to Home capital campaign raised $4.3 million for the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, which opened in July 2012. The foundation has been granted a Certificate of Need from the State of North Carolina to add six beds to Wilmington’s Hospice Care Center Fales Pavilion. Construction is planned to begin in 2014 and be completed 2015.

Las Vegas Night
Photography By Time 2 Remember
Shallotte Rotary Club held its 8th annual Las Vegas Night on January 26 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. The sold-out night of fun and entertainment, which included Black Jack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold ‘Em, was held to raise funds and awareness for Rotary International’s local and international charities. In addition to more than 400 door prizes, the Rotary Club held a silent auction and a raffle for a free week in Las Vegas for two.

Future 10 Young Professionals Banquet
Photography By Christian Viera
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce recognized 10 young professionals in its Future 10 campaign at a reception and banquet on February 7. In partnership with South Brunswick Magazine, the chamber took nominations last November for young professionals in the area who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and positively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Brunswick County. Recipients of the honor were:
• Amy Causey, Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle
• Adam Glisson, ATMC Wireless
• Brandon Sauls, InterCoastal Net Designs
• Chris LaCoe, HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries
• Jennifer Beasley, ATMC Productions
• Jessica Dosher, South Eastern Center for MH/DD/SAS
• Justin Fulford, AL Fulford Heating & Air
• Melinda Johnson, Brunswick County Parks & Recreation
• Regina Stanley-Lowry, Autumn Care Nursing Rehab Center
• Stephanie Hardy, Vision Square Eye Care

Each of the recipients received a plaque and a framed copy of South Brunswick Magazine with their picture on the cover. Nominations will be taken for the 2014 Future 10 later this year.

Brunswick Novant Medical Foundation Presents – The Flip Flop Ball: An Evening in Key West
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Brunswick Novant Medical Foundation’s board of directors has announced its second annual hospital ball, to be held on Saturday, June 1, at 6 pm at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center. Event co-chairs Ben Styers and Jon Tait say this year’s event will have a different, more laid-back approach with The Landsharks Band as the night’s headliner.

Themed “The Flip Flop Ball: An Evening in Key West,” this year’s event will offer guests a sneak peek at Key West’s famous Mallory Square. Flip flops and Bermuda shorts will be welcomed. Guests will also enjoy a variety of Key West fare with key lime pie and coconut shrimp.

Based in Florida, The Landsharks Band will help set the scene for guests at The Flip Flop Ball. The Landsharks have played with Jimmy Buffett at Margaritaville, and they have served as the opening act for the Beach Boys.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brunswick Novant Medical Center Foundation, which was formed in 2011 to help carry out the hospital’s not-for-profit mission of improving the health of our community, one person at a time. Since inception, the Foundation’s donors have funded an extensive women’s and children’s wellness outreach program to help target childhood obesity in our community and to help decrease smoking during pregnancy. In addition, the foundation, in coordination with the hospital’s volunteers, is currently constructing a Healing & Respite Dining Courtyard on the campus of Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

To purchase tickets or for more information on Brunswick Novant Medical Center Foundation’s Flip Flop Ball, call (910) 721-1460.

Swinging of the Walls Event
Photgraphy By Megan Deitz
On February 1st, Housing Opportunities (BHO) and 22nd Century Builders held a “Swinging of the Walls” event on an energy-efficient, low-maintenance home in Bolivia in Brunswick County. This Workforce Affordable Home was constructed using innovative, environmentally friendly products and techniques that reduce the cost of building and maintaining a home. It is the first of its kind to be built in Brunswick County and it was framed in a matter of hours.

The innovative pre-cast concrete wall construction method allows for a healthy, safe, energy-efficient, affordable and secure home for this working family. This design reduces the cooling and heating costs by as much as 67%. It is hurricane, wind and fire resistant. The walls and roof have a lifetime warranty, and the home never needs to be painted again. The build time is reduced by as much as 50%. All of these features make this the most cost-effective building technique both in building and maintaining this home.

“For the past several years we have searched for a builder and design that would allow us to build attractive, innovative, workforce housing,” says Resea Willis, a longtime Workforce Housing Advocate. “22nd Century Builders and the Precast Concrete building method allow us to build great housing. More importantly, we are providing much-needed jobs and a healthy, safe, energy-efficient and low-maintenance home for the workforce of this region.”

The first home built was for Sonya Gardner and her son, DeVanté Pugh.

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