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‘Thank You’ for Supporting

ORCA’s Sweet Treats During Tunes at the Pool

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Again this summer Ocean Ridge Charities Association is hosting a dessert fund raiser during the monthly ‘Tunes at the Pool’.  These delicious homemade treats are the perfect ending after enjoying your burgers and hotdogs cooked by the Men’s Grilled Dinner Group.


At the May event, we sold over $430 worth of yummy cookies!


And also a thank you to our awesome volunteers who baked and/or helped with sales… Diane Allemond, Wendy Carney, Michele Cook, Darlene Dies, Nancy Dukakis, Lisa Leifels, Cynthia Marcelli, Sherri Martin, Helga Susmeyer, Eloise Townsend, Nancy Cooper, Judy Cunningham, Mary Perno and event coordinator, Joan Griffith.


All proceeds will go to Samara’s Village which helps Brunswick county pregnant and parenting adolescents and their families raise healthy babies through:

  • specialized educational interventions

  • services directed at supporting the family's immediate needs

  • coordination with available resources.


Look for us at future Tunes…  we’ll have cupcakes, truffles, brownies and so much more over the summer months.

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Hospice Dolls:

Join the fun!  Our next Hospice Dolls meeting is Wednesday May 8th

from 1:00-3:00

in the Member Lounge

We work together to cut fabric, sew and stuff these adorable dolls.  Faces are drawn on, hair is added and each is dressed in a shirt and shorts.

These dolls are delivered to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare where they bring great comfort to patients and families.

All are welcome to join the fun.  No sewing skills required.  All materials are provided. 

Contact: Heidi Root
Cell: 910-880-5801 or email:

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ORCA ‘In the News’

Several organizations that have benefited recently from Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s fund raising efforts published press releases to thank our forever generous community.


WARM NC (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) received money from our Annual Appeal to help them provide safety equipment in their 2024 builds.  They shared one of their success stories on Facebook…  “Sheila has lived in her home for 32 years, nearly half her life.  She is retired and has limited income.  As a single woman, she did her best to keep up with the maintenance of her home.  But after she pays her bills, prescriptions and medical visits, there is little money left for her to put toward repairs.  WARM NC did a number of repairs to help Sheila age safely in place, including installing 3 new grab bars in her bathroom and replacing all the smoke detectors in her bedrooms.  This is just one of the homeowners we were able to help with funds from ORCA.” said Beth Ann Scisco, Grants Coordinator for WARM NC.




Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity (BCHfH) received grant funding from several local organizations, including ORCA.  In an article published in the Brunswick Beacon, they announced:   Ocean Ridge Charities Association, Inc. (ORCA) donated a grant in the amount of $3,000 towards the purchase of fortified roofing materials.  “We are grateful for the continued community partnerships.  Without their support, our continued growth would not be possible.” said Kate Grinstead, Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity Development Manager.  Mary Perno and Amy Kelly are pictured presenting the check to Kate and her team.




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ORCA Sponsored Visit to Brunswick Community College (BCC) Highlights Nursing & EMT Programs

In 2010, Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) partnered with resident Amy Kelly to establish the Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Endowment within the Brunswick Community College Foundation (BCCF).  The endowment was the beneficiary of the first ORCA fundraiser, Trivia Nite, in 2011.  It built upon a previous endowment created by Amy and her late husband, Dave, in honor of his two sisters who worked in the medical field.  Scholarships are provided annually to deserving second year nursing students.


And after the devastating 2021 tornado, ORCA established a second scholarship at BCCF to support the EMT training program in recognition of all first responders.


On April 2nd, a dozen ORCA board members and other interested Ocean Ridge residents visited the college to get an update on both the nursing and EMT programs. 


Teresa Nelson, Executive Director of the Foundation, provided a tour of the new nursing science building.  The former nurses in our group were wowed by the advances in technology as instructors demonstrated the simulation tools used to train the students. 


We meet with several scholarship recipients who gratefully explained how the financial support allowed them to continue their education while also taking care of their family responsibilities. 


And we heard from Dr. Gene Smith, BCC President, who shared the many new developments on the horizon, including new areas of study as well as future new construction.


It was truly gratifying to see how the generosity of our Ocean Ridge community continues to have an impact on future generations.


Other Ocean Ridge residents have since expressed an interest in participating in a similar visit.  If you’d like to join a future visit (date TBD), please email Amy Kelly at


ORCA donates $900 to

Providence Home

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Several years ago, Ocean Ridge Charities Association Founding President Mike Gildea and his wife Peggy created a $10,000 endowment for ORCA, with the interest earned earmarked for Brunswick County charities.


Providence Home was chosen by the Gildea's to be the first recipient because of the wonderful work they do providing emergency shelter for teens who cannot remain with their families.


Today was the first disbursement of the interest, resulting in a $900 donation to Providence Home, a 27 year old organization and one of ORCA's first charities.


Below, Mike and Peggy present the check to Executive Director Warren Mortley as the long time colleagues shared a happy moment.

ORCA donates $5,300 to

Life Care Memory Partners

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ORCA Donates to Veterans Welcome Home Center during Tiny House Display!


ORCA thanks everyone who came out to see the Tiny House that the Veteran's Welcome Home Center had brought to the Nature Pavilion last week.


There will be 25 of these 12'x18' structures ready for occupancy soon in Myrtle Beach, providing transitional housing for vets until they can get back on their feet.


These homes are built on several acres of land that was donated to them and they are now looking for additional space in Brunswick county to expand the program.


ORCA was happy to present CEO August Savello and Tom Gallinger with a check for $2,325.  This donation was a combination of funds from the Mens Grilled Dinner Group, as well as ORCA's Memorial Fund and our 'Change for Charities' collection boxes located at community merchants.




Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) extends a HUGE Thank You to the 125 Ocean Ridge residents who joined us for Trivia Nite in 'Celebration of the Decades' on April 13th.

Congrats to the winning team (pictured above):  Darlene & Mike Dies, Eileen & John Divers, Kathy & Dave Kaup and Judi & Greg Moore.  They beat the team of Pat & Al Cotrone, Mary & Neal Faulkner, Sage & Steve Grumbach, Pam Jaeger and Ronnie Ambos on a tie breaker!  And, their table also shared the lucky winning ticket in the 50/50 raffle!

But the real winner was LifeCare Memory Partners (a division of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, formerly called Hospice) which received a $5,300 donation in support of their mission dedicated to improving the lives of caregivers & their loved ones living with dementia by providing counseling, education and respite care.  The Sebens won the gift basket generously donated by LifeCare Memory Partners.

Special shout out to the Men's Grilled Dinner Group for the awesome sliders!


And also 'thank you!' to the many ORCA Service Club members who helped decorate, setup, serve and clean up.  You rock!


Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) is pleased to share that Mary Perno will assume the role of President later this spring, as current President Maggy Schlink prepares to move out of state to be closer to family.

Congrats to Mary, who has been an ORCA board member since 2018 and currently serves as fundraising chair. 

ORCA looks forward to continuing its 14 year history as a 501(c)(3), dedicated to supporting charitable efforts in Brunswick County through fundraising and volunteer efforts.


And we thank Maggy for her tireless efforts since the inception of ORCA and we wish her & Bill all the best!

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Mary Perno (left) accepts the ORCA whale from outgoing president Maggy Schlink

International Dining Club

memberships are available!!!

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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 Café Almalfi, Ciao! Greg Norman, Hot Fish Club, TBonz, Angelo’s, Burgerfi, La Cucina and San Felipe (local favorites) and many more.


For a complete listing of the offerings, go to: and click on the South Carolina tab.


The cost is $35 dollars and $10 of that is a tax deductible contribution to Ocean Ridge Charities Association.


Call or email Maggy Schlink by Tuesday, April 2nd.  I will be placing the order on Wednesday, April 3rd.  These memberships will be good through March 31, 2025.  Your participation in this program helps us to raise money for 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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