Keepin’ it green

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Supplied photo courtesy of Cape Fear River Watch 

Cape Fear River Watch will hold the “Keep Your Green On” party, including a silent auction, food and a comedian, on Saturday, March 23.

In light of the greenest day of the year, also known as St. Patrick’s Day, the Cape Fear River Watch is hosting its third annual “Keep Your Green On” party and FUNdraiser on Saturday, March 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. at its office at 617 Surry St.

There is an emphasis on the “fun” because of the casual nature of the event that longtime CFRW volunteer and Greenfield Lake boathouse manager Scott Whitham said he wanted to create three years ago. 

Whitham said last Wednesday, March 13 that he had the idea to have the “green” party after he and his wife, Brooke, attended a WHQR fundraiser hosted by their next-door neighbors, Tanya and Gordon Hall.

“The event was fun and successful [and] Brooke and I wondered what it would take to do something similar for CFRW’s benefit at a time when money was hard to come by for operational expenses,” he said.

Because the first party was scheduled for a few days after St. Paddy’s Day in 2011, Whitham said he chose the name “Keep Your Green On” to play on the organization’s environmental mission, but it’s not necessarily the focus of the day.

Jen Cole, communications coordinator at CFRW, said in an interview on March 13 that this event really stands apart from the organization’s many other gatherings, such as the free educational Saturday seminars held each month.

“It won’t be education-focused at this event,” Cole said. “It’s more of a party meant to give back and get to know Cape Fear River Watch, as well as a fundraiser.”

Cole described this party as more relaxed than CFRW’s annual Striper Tournament, but less family-oriented than the upcoming LakeFest in May, which offers face painting and games, as well as heavily discounted boat rides and eco-tours that require pre-registration for families.

For the “Keep Your Green On” party, attendees are required to be at least 21 years old to enjoy the special day of drinks and food donated by local favorites like Incredible Gourmet Pizza of Wilmington, Slice of Life, Jester’s Café, Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn and Smithfield’s Barbeque, to name a few.

While local comedian Cliff Cash, owner of Green Coast Recycling, cracks jokes and adds to the fun of the FUNdraiser, folks may bid on silent auction items that have been donated from local businesses and organizations, including a basket of goodies from Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop and a fresh flower arrangement from Leaf and Petal Design.

The CFRW “Keep Your Green On” party is open to members and nonmembers, with suggested donations including $20 for current members, $25 for nonmembers that includes membership in the price, and $45 for renewing members.

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