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August Spotlight

Area women making news

CAM Hosts Tift Merritt Shows

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt visits Wilmington this month for a unique performance. Merritt will put on two concerts August 18 at the Cameron Art Museum – one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. A North Carolina native, Merritt has released seven studio albums and three live records, including Home is Loud, which was recorded at her show at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for preferred seating. Info: cameronartmuseum.org


Flower Power Goes to Local Groups

Local nonprofits have through the end of this month to apply for flowers to jazz up their fundraising events.

Julia's Florist, which launched its annual flower grant program in 2010, selects several area nonprofits to donate flowers or floral arrangements to based on submitted applications.

Over the past nine years, the program has gifted more than $90,000 in arrangements, bouquets, and centerpieces.

“There is so much compassion and goodness in this area. Our Julia’s Florist team views the annual grant program as our own, creative way to nurture their efforts and show gratitude for all they do,” says Julia’s Florist owner Dana Cook (left.)

The deadline for this year’s applications is 5:30 p.m. August 30. To qualify, officials say, groups must hold a nonprofit status and be located in New Hanover County or northern Brunswick County. Recipients are notified in September, and grants are awarded at a reception event at Julia’s Florist on September 26.

Info: juliasflorist.com/pages/grant.htm


WPD Promotes First Female Deputy Chief

Alejandra Sotelo this summer began her new role at the Wilmington Police Department as deputy chief.

Sotelo joined the police department in 2000. She now is one of two deputy chiefs, and the first woman to hold that role for the WPD.

With the police department, Sotelo has worked in a variety of areas including patrol, investigations, and internal affairs. Her most recent position before becoming deputy chief was captain over the department’s planning and research, which oversees WPD’s Real Time Crime Center, training, recruiting, and accreditation.

Originally from Texas, she’s lived in Wilmington for more than thirty years. Sotelo earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated from the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University. She is currently working on her master’s degree.

She is a member of the North Carolina Police Executives Association and North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association. In 2016, Sotelo was named a finalist for WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards in our Public Service category.


Non-profit Rebrands, Names New Director

Going Beyond the Pink, a locally based nonprofit that provides educational programs and support resources for breast cancer patients and survivors, recently named Cindy Anzalotti as its new executive director.

The two-year-old group, which has undergone a rebrand to reflect its growing focus, also added new board members and advisory council members.

“We’ve evolved as a team and so has this community’s need for a breast cancer initiative that moves us all from awareness to impact,” says Kara Kenan, Going Beyond the Pink’s founder and resource director. “We needed an identity as bold as our vision to truly and positively change every life touched by this disease.”

The nonprofit’s website, which has been redesigned, includes information on access to financial assistance, support for those in treatment, and Thrive, a survivorship program.

Recently added board members are Vanessa Gonzalez (The Law Office of Vanessa A. Gonzalez); Katelynn Horney (assistant vice president, TD Bank); Tamara Link (UNCW assistant professor of nursing); Elizabeth McCann (retired oncology nurse); Lexi Green (WWAY account executive); and April Scott (director, Brunswick Community College Small Business Center).

Recently added advisory council members are Amy Gordon, Desiree Griffin, Crystal Corder, and Sara Barbry.  


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