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December Hospice Doll Meeting

Join us for our next meeting, Wednesday, December 13th from 1:00-3:00PM in the Member Lounge.

We machine sew, hand stitch, assemble and stuff adorable dolls. We then draw faces and dress them. The dolls are delivered to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare where they bring great comfort to patients and families.

All are welcome. No sewing skills required. All materials are provided.

And 'Thank You' to everyone who donated warm, fuzzy socks.  They were delivered and very much appreciated.  See attached photo. 

Contact: Heidi Root

Cell: 910-880-5801 or email:

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14 Month

International Dining Club

membership are available!!!

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The Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) is selling 14 month International Dining Club memberships.

By printing this time of year, we are able to offer a 14 month membership, good from November 1, 2023 through December 30, 2024. Regular memberships are for a 12 month period. The price remains at $35 per membership. ORCA makes $10 on your purchase.

If you love the opportunity to go to some great restaurants and save money doing it, please consider buying this membership. It’s also fun to gather some friends and neighbors and buy them for “no cook nights out with your friends”.

A few examples of the restaurant choices are: Coccadotts, Café Amalfi, Martinis, Thoroughbreds, House of Blues, Greg Normans, Ciao!, La Cucina in Sunset Beach and San Felipe in Shallotte. To see the full listing of possibilities, go to: Press the South Carolina button for more details.


NEWEST ADDITIONS ARE: Casa Villa Mexican (Little River), Dirty Myrtle Wing Co. (South Kings Highway), Kaminsky’s NY Deli (North Kings Highway), Mystic Lobster Roll Co. (NMB), Surfside Charlies (Surfside Beach) and Tidal Creek Brewhouse (MB).

These make great presents for you, your friends and new neighbors!

Please contact Maggy Schlink at : or call at 910-579-2557.

This program, along with others we run and the generosity of you and your neighbors has allowed Ocean Ridge Charities Association to donate over ONE MILLION DOLLARS (in cash and commodities) to charities in Brunswick County over the past 13 years.

'Light Up the Night' Luminaries Sale

Display these holiday favorites along your driveway and/or curbside on Saturday, December 2nd from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. POSTPONED until Tuesday, December 5th, due to rain forecast.

And be sure to take a trip through Ocean Ridge to enjoy the festive spirit!


Sold by Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA).   All proceeds benefit 'Warm Homes, Warm Hearts'.


Donation of $10.00 per set of 10 (includes bags and tea light candles).


Cash…  or Checks made out to ORCA.


There are 10 porches from which to purchase your luminaries.

Available Monday, November 6th through Monday, November 20th.  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day.


  • Maggy Schlink                   536 Gladstone Circle

  • Mary Perno                      6397 Romney  Notch

  • Eric Lehmann                    141 Windsor Circle  

  • Claudia Piccarelli                74 Abbington Pl

  • Sue Houser                     6529 Castlebrook Way

  • Cathy Benton                  6542 Aubrey Notch

  • Judi Moore                        750 Highgate Pl                                           

  • Robin Barone                    580 Morley Circle

  • Joan Griffith                       293 Sedgefield Pl

  • Kathy Sanchez                  589 Dartmoor Way


Luminaries will also be sold at the:

  • Annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday November 4th

  • Holiday Marketplace Raffle on Saturday December 2nd (if any remain)

… both at the Nature Pavilion from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.


9th Annual Holiday Open House Tour

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s successful ORCA Open House Tour.  We appreciate the addition of The Plantation Garden which was beautifully decorated and a joy to walk through during the tour.

The winning raffle tickets have been pulled and the winners can obtain their prizes by contacting Joanne Bush.



The Jim Jullien painting                #455476

The Richard Bush painting           #455362

Bottle of wine                                #455413

Bag with Christmas candle,          #455411

    soaps, & hand washes

Decorated Christmas Tree

Holiday Marketplace Raffle

Saturday, December 2, 2023

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM,

Drawing starts promptly at 2:15 PM

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We hope you enjoyed the Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at the Nature Pavilion last weekend.  Our neighbors had such beautiful items for sale, with all vendor fees supporting 'Warm Homes, Warm Hearts'.


Your next chance to possibly take home some other incredible items is Saturday, December 2 at the ORCA Holiday Marketplace Raffle.  It will also be held at the Nature Pavilion, rain or shine.


Our creative and talented neighbors have generously donated a wide array of spectacular crafts (woodworking, quilting, painting and so much more)… along with baked goods, gift cards, themed baskets, etc.  We will be raffling off dozens of gorgeous items.  Again all proceeds will go to 'Warm Homes, Warm Hearts'.


Here's how it works.  Buy your raffle tickets (10 tickets for $20) at the event, or skip the lines and purchase them early by contacting Kathy Sanchez at 203-400-5023 or Cathy Benton at 410-279-4612.


Then come to the Nature Pavilion on Saturday, December 2 between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to see these amazing donations and use your raffle tickets to take a chance at winning the item(s) of your choice.  We will begin drawing the winning tickets at 2:15 PM, including the winning ticket for the holiday quilt.  You do not need to be present to win, but being there for the drawing is half the fun.


Questions?  AND…  still time to donate an item to the raffle!


Contact:        Kathy Sanchez

                     Cathy Benton

                    Judy Cunningham


You could win this beautiful holiday quilt!

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Made and donated by Judy Cunningham, the knitted star design blends traditional quilting with a modern flair.


The red, green, white and gold colors are holiday classics.  But the varying shades of green give it a modern look.  And the holiday season shines through in the traditional backing.


Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) is raffling the quilt, with all proceeds benefiting 'Warm Homes, Warm Hearts'.


Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $20.00.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the November 4th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, at the December 2nd Holiday Marketplace Raffle (both at the Nature Pavilion) and at other various scheduled events.


The quilt winner will be drawn at the Holiday Marketplace Raffle on December 2nd.  You do not need to be present to win.


You can also contact Joan Griffith at (301) 275-9948 or email ... to purchase your tickets.

9th Annual Holiday Open House Tour

Sunday, December 3, 2023


This holiday season FIVE homes will be beautifully decorated and open for Ocean Ridge residents to view and enjoy.  Tickets are $15 per person.  All proceeds benefit ‘Warm Homes, Warm Hearts’.  All monies will be matched by Brunswick Electric and distributed by Brunswick Family Assistance to aid those with heating needs within our county.  

Please print out the flier below, fill in the information, cut on the dotted line, and deliver it with a check made out to ORCA, the event sponsor.  There will be a container on each front porch in which to deposit the form, the check, and please take your wristband.

  • Joanne Bush at 553 Lizmore Place, off Waterstone Crossing

  • Judy Cunningham at 517 Buxton Notch, off Spencer Place


Around Thanksgiving, you will receive an email with the names and addresses of the homes on the tour. 


Saturday, November 4, 2023

11am – 2pm

Nature Pavilion


The Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) Annual Arts & Crafts Fair was held on a sunny Saturday in November at the Nature Pavilion.  Twenty two of our creative neighbors shared their talents with us.  And many of us went home with new art work, baked goods, holiday decor and so much more.


ORCA also sold raffle tickets for a beautiful holiday quilt which will be raffled off on December 2 at the Holiday Marketplace Raffle.  Luminaries were available and they will 'Light Up the Night' as our driveways glow with holiday cheer on the evening of Dec 2.  ORCA also benefited from a very generous vendor donation of all his event proceeds!


Thank you to all who participated... crafters, lookers and buyers.  Proceeds will be bundled with the monies from our other holiday events and will go to support Brunswick Electric's 'Warm Homes, Warm Hearts'.


2023 ORCA Annual Appeal: 

Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County

Please watch your mailbox for the 2023 Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s (ORCA) Annual Appeal: “Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County”.


Historically, this is our largest internal fundraiser. 


As the only 501© 3 non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established within our Ocean Ridge community, ORCA has raised over $1.3 million dollars in cash and commodities since 2010.  Those dollars are funneled back into Brunswick County through charities vetted to ensure their compliance with state and local requirements.  In addition, through our liaison relationships, each charity is required to clearly define their needs and then provide feedback as to “how” they used our contributions.  So a financial gift through us gets to those most in need.


For this Annual Appeal, we have identified four charities that currently need our help in “Serving Basic Human Needs in Brunswick County”:


  • Brunswick County Homeless Coalition

  • South Brunswick Interchurch Council—The Lords Food Pantry

  • WARM—Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

  • Waves4Kids


Each has identified a pressing need which is detailed in the mailing.  These requests range from rental assistance for families facing rising housing costs, to Christmas Dinner Boxes, to safety grab bars for low income/elderly homeowners with urgent repair needs, to everyday supplies for children recently entering foster care.


We have made giving easy…  the mailing includes a return envelop or you can use a credit card by clicking on the PayPal button below:

Together, we can have a large impact in Brunswick County.  Thank you for your support!

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.


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