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9th Annual Holiday Open House Tour

Looking for a few more homes!

Plans are underway for Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s 9th Annual Holiday Open House Tour to be held on Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 5-8PM.   This charity event, advertised only within Ocean Ridge, is a neighborhood favorite.

Every year, a handful of generous neighbors open their festively decorated homes to Ocean Ridge residents for viewing.  Ticket sales support Brunswick Electric’s “Warm Homes, Warm Hearts” program.  And Brunswick Electric will match every dollar we donate – thus doubling the impact of Ocean Ridge’s warm homes and warm hearts.

If you are interested in learning more about opening your home for this worthy cause, please contact either Joanne Bush ( or Rosemary Kilbridge (  Both women can offer abundant information, help, and decorating ideas through their vast experience from our previous successful tours.

Hospice Dolls Group Delivers!

The Hospice Dolls group delivered 40 dolls in August and completed 16 more in September.  Awesome job ladies!  Thank you for sharing your time, talent and love for others.  


Join the fun at our next meeting, October 11 from 1-4 PM in the Plantation Club Member Lounge.


No special skills required.  All materials provided.


Contact: Heidi Root

Cell: 910-880-5801 or email:

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Matthew’s Ministry Weekend Food Backpack Program:


THANK YOU from the Old Dominion Dames, Ocean Ridge Charities Association & Matthew's Ministry

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Our wonderful neighbors have again demonstrated their enormous generosity.  You donated 109 backpacks filled with weekend food items for students in Brunswick County who receive free or reduced price school lunches during the week.


Thank you to all who donated and to those who served as neighborhood collection points.


Special thanks to Jim Ellenberger and also to Carol Wakefield's visiting grandsons (Austin and Landon) who all helped deliver the donations to four local schools.



YOU make the difference!

Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) extends a very big thank you to our residents for their tremendous support of our spring and summer fund raisers.  Your generosity has allowed us to provide nearly $10,000 to these Brunswick County non-profits who will use those funds to further their missions.

  • The golf course painting by the late Marilyn Pounds attracted many hopeful raffle ticket buyers.  Sheila Stachura was the lucky winner.  Proceeds of $800 were donated to Communities In Schools in honor of Marilyn's long teaching career.  The funds will be used to purchase independent reading books for local students in the tutoring program to help prevent skill loss over the summer.



  • The beautifully refreshed Resident Directory is back!  Nearly 400 residents purchased this handy booklet, adding nearly $4400 to the annual fund for distribution later this year.


  • Our resident bakers served up delicious ice cream treats during 'Tunes At The Pool' in May, June & July.  $1100 was raised and will be donated to the Brunswick County Literacy Council, supporting adult literacy skills.


  • On a hot June afternoon, seventy-five residents took advantage of the mobile, same day sharpening service we brought to the Nature Pavilion.  Lots of pristine knives, scissors and yard tool blades are now back in people’s homes and garages.  Owned by the skillful and hard-working Clarence, A Sharper Edge donated a portion of the proceeds to ORCA, allowing us to donate $1000 to Providence Home, a free short-term shelter for Brunswick County teens who cannot remain with their families.


  • The Hospice Dolls program is back in full swing.  Multiple deliveries of handcrafted dolls have been made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, bringing comfort to patients and family members.  Crafting sessions continue year round.


  • And as you read this, we will be wrapping up our tenth year of collecting and delivering backpacks for Matthew’s Ministry, filled with weekend food for Brunswick County students who receive free or reduced price lunches during the week.  These backpacks go home filled every Friday and are returned on Monday to be re-used the following week.  This is a joint effort with the Old Dominion Dames.


Enjoy the rest of your summer… we'll see you later this year as we gear up for the Annual Arts and Crafts Fair in November, the December Holiday Marketplace Raffle, Luminary Sales and the Holiday Home Tours.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023 ~ 11am – 2pm

Nature Pavilion






Calling all Ocean Ridge Crafters and Artisans!!

Plans are underway to hold the Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at the Pavilion.  We are looking for Ocean Ridge residents to participate by showcasing their creative items for purchase.  This is an Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) event, and your $25 vendor fee will go directly to support charities within Brunswick County.  Space is limited to about 17 vendors, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.  In past years, we have had fabric artists, oil and watercolor artists, bakers, jewelers, basket weavers, paper crafts, stained glass, pottery, woodworkers, and other unique items created by an Ocean Ridge artisan/crafter.  

No resale or commercial items are allowed.


Due to space issues, each vendor may have only one table.  We have a limited number of tables available at the Pavilion which will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis.  Otherwise, you will need to bring a table.  


Questions?  Please contact Patty & Roger Perno at or call us at 860.877.2424.  


To reserve your space, please click on the pdf below, then complete the tear-off at the bottom and drop off at our home located at 6634 Spencer Place.  A container will be left on our front porch for you to leave your envelope. 


Please make your $25 check payable to ORCA. 

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International Dining Club

membership are still available!!!

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Tired of trying to figure out what to have for dinner every night? Busy with the hustle and bustle of the approaching holidays? These memberships make great gift for you or your friends and new neighbors! We’ve got the answer…the International Dining Club membership is for YOU!!!! It is usable right now through December 30, 2023.

New Ocean Ridge Cookbook is still available!

Before and After the Main Course

ORCA Cookbook, Vol 2

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Before and After the Main Course

Ocean Ridge Cookbook Volume 2

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Appetizers, Beverages, Desserts

Trying to Figure Out What to Gift to Your Friends and Family? 

Look No Further!

Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. has published a second cookbook entitled “Before and After the Main Course” consisting of appetizer, beverage and dessert recipes with local artist Mary K. Donahoe’s watercolor of a serene pond setting at one of our golf courses for our front and back covers.  Our new 223 page cookbook is chock full of 332 of our friends and neighbors greatest tried-and-true recipes.  The cookbook is priced at $15 per book (plus $5 charge if the book needs to be mailed).  All proceeds from our cookbooks go to local charities that help the needy in Brunswick County. 


2022 Accomplishments

In 2023, the Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc (ORCA) will enter its 13th year of service. Founded in June of 2010, ORCA is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, state licensed, nonprofit corporation established within the community of Ocean Ridge Plantation. Its primary objective is to support local charitable and non-profit organizations in Brunswick County, NC that assist the neediest. ORCA accomplishes this by promoting charitable fundraising and volunteer participation throughout Ocean Ridge.


The Board of Directors is comprised of Ocean Ridge residents who guide the work of the organization. The Board elects the officers of the association, decides its annual budget, develops and implements fundraising plans and strategies, directs the allocation of donations to local recipient organizations and communicates to both Ocean Ridge and the greater Brunswick County communities about its activities.


Our Major Charities

Our Platinum Corporate Sponsors

Our Platinum Sponsors

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Charitable Contributions

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