“Adopt a Backpack” Program

Matthews Ministry

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Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA), with support from the Old Dominion Dames, are asking Ocean Ridge residents to help Matthew's Ministry with their "Adopt a Backpack" program.


Each year Matthew's Ministry provides weekend food for children in Brunswick County who do not get adequate nourishment at home. This year they will need over 500 backpacks to start the program. Backpacks go home filled with food each Friday and are returned on Monday to be filled again


How can Ocean Ridge help?

Purchase a backpack of any size or color (it will be used at elementary, middle, and high schools in Brunswick County during the school year) and fill them with food items listed below.


Please fill the backpack with only the items listed because they get too heavy for the children to carry.


Food Items (Please no glass containers of any kind):

  • One chef boy r dee item

  • One can of a vegetable

  • One jar of peanut butter (plastic jar only)

  • One squeeze container of jelly

  • One box of macaroni and cheese

  • One pound package of pasta (Pot sized pasta preferred)

  • One can of Hunts pasta sauce

  • One can of chicken

  • One can of soup

  • One box of granola bars

  • One pound package of rice


Finally, drop it off at any of the following addresses in Ocean Ridge, beginning July 27, 2021 and no later than Friday, August 13, 2021. There will be a box on the front porch to place your filled backpacks in along with a sign-in sheet.

  • Claudia Piccarelli        74 Abbington Pl.

  • Judy Cunningham       517 Buxton Notch

  • Amy Kelly                    7047 Bloomsbury Ct.

This is a onetime request to begin the school year, although you can further support Matthew's Ministry with your individual food donations, which will be collected by the Old Dominion Dames throughout the year. For more information on Matthew's Ministry, please visit their website at If you have questions, feel free to contact Barbara Ellenberger at 910-575-8254 or

OR Holiday Arts & Crafts Show



Mark your calendars for the ever popular Arts and Crafts Show 

Saturday, October 30, 11am - 2pm 

with a raindate 

of Saturday, November 6, 11am-  2pm

at the Pavilion.


Plans are underway to hold the Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Pavilion again this year.  I am currently looking for artists and crafters who would like to participate. 


This is a fundraiser for Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA), and your $30 vendor fee goes to ORCA.


Due to table and space issues:

  • Each vendor will have only one table.

  • There are some tables at the Pavilion - large rectangular picnic tables, some with attached benches that would be good for additional display space, and some without benches.  These will be allotted on first come first serve basis.  Otherwise you will need to bring a table.


Now to other details:

The date is Saturday, October 30, 11 am - 2 pm.  Rain date Saturday, November 6.  Setup will be that morning starting as early as you like.  The Pavilion will be set up the night before.


Please contact me if you would like to participate and let me know your craft.  

Mary Pat Lynch


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International Dining Club

Ocean Ridge Charities Association is selling :        
The International Dining Club Memberships for $35

Tired of trying to figure out what to have for dinner every night?   We’ve got the answer…the International Dining Club membership is for YOU!!!!

This membership offers dining discounts at over 100 nearby restaurants. ( Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Southport, Little River..) including Locals on the Water, Greg Normans, Ciao!, Boardwalk Billy’s, Lombardo’s, Burgerfi, La Cucina ( a local favorite) and many more.

For a complete listing of the offerings, go to: and click on the South Carolina tab. Also, check for “usage” during July and August.

The cost is $35 dollars and $10 of that is a tax deductible contribution to Ocean Ridge Charities Association. This helps us to raise money for local Brunswick county charities.


For additional information about the program, or to order a packet contact:

Maggy Schlink at 579-2557 or


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Thank You!

Dear Ocean Ridge Residents,


THANK YOU!! The extreme generosity of our Ocean Ridge community is a continuing source of pride and has led to another successful year for the Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA).

In a year of almost impossible challenges, you made ORCA’s creative fundraising efforts a success in 2020. We raised over $60,000 in cash and commodities, through various activities, our Change 4 Charities program, sponsorships by over 200 local businesses, and YOUR generous donations.

Your generosity to our 2020 Annual Fall campaign resulted in $10,000! This money was used to help benefit Communities in Schools, Habitat for Humanity, The Carousel Center and Tri-Beach Cruisers/ToyRun. The Ocean Ridge community continues to make a tremendous impact in Brunswick County.

In ten and a half years of fundraising, ORCA has now donated over $850,000, in the name of Ocean Ridge residents, to over 40 Brunswick County charities and non-profits! We are sincerely grateful for the broad-based community support that we have received from throughout Ocean Ridge since we began our work in 2010. Due to Covid-19, we could not hold a community wide celebration of our 10 year anniversary, but your generosity allowed us to continue to achieve our mission of helping the neediest in Brunswick County.

We would also like to acknowledge those within our community who sponsor individualized collections and charitable activities, beyond our ORCA events. Additional drives to help the needy provide our neighbors with opportunities to further help this county. The consistent generosity of the Ocean Ridge community is especially heartwarming and makes all of our charitable efforts possible.

On behalf of the ORCA Board of Directors, please accept our sincere appreciation for your generosity this past year, as well as best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.

You may contact Claudia Piccarelli, our Treasurer, at: if you would like documentation of your 2020 personal donation information.



Maggy Schlink

ORCA President

ORCA is Celebrating 10 Years:

2010 - 2020 !

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New Ocean Ridge Cookbook is now 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

Appetizers, Beverages, Desserts

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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. 

We’ve updated the listing of cookbook sellers to include two places to purchase our cookbook in Sunset Beach, and are glad to say our neighborhood’s Ocean Ridge Real Estate Sales Center is selling the cookbook for us – so where else could be easier to pick up a book for a visiting friend or relative.


To purchase or for more information, contact ORCA representative Peggy Burris at, or purchase directly from these merchants: 


Calabash:  Jewelry by Wendy, Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery, The Beach House

Ocean Isle Beach:  Silver Coast Winery, Vivi’s by the Sea

Shallotte:  Coastroad Hearth & Patio Supply, Miss Minnies, Southern Charm

Sunset Beach:  Ocean Ridge Real Estate Sales Center, Pelican Bookstore

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