Barbecue and Bluegrass

Just what fall calls for – good food, good music, and a good cause. 

Sponsored by Brightmore of Wilmington

The folks at Brightmore of Wilmington, a continuing care retirement community, are always raising funds for one local nonprofit or another.

But, their annual fall festival has a special place in the hearts of residents, their families, and Brightmore’s extended community. And, it shows. Over the last ten years, through their annual fall fundraiser – an Alzheimer’s Awareness Month kickoff event –  Brightmore has raised nearly $55,000 for the North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association.

“It’s our goal to support Alzheimer’s patients and the memory-impaired in every way that we can,” said Marianna Stacy, Brightmore’s Outreach Director. “This event is just one more opportunity to do that.”

Their Memory Care Wing, Paraklay Way at the Commons at Brightmore, representing one of four levels of care Brightmore, was the first in the area and is considered one of the most progressive memory care facilities in the state.

The Big Event

This year, Brightmore has chosen to mix things up a bit for their 10th Annual Fall Fundraiser. In the past, they’ve adopted an Oktoberfest theme, or a fall festival motif. But, they’ve decided it’s time for a little barbecue…and bluegrass! But, not just any Bluegrass. Local foot-stomping favorite, L-shape Lot will accompany the feast this year. The event will be held at the Brightmore Campus on Friday, October 27th from 4-7pm.

What’s the Cost?

There is no entry fee. However, one dollar tickets are available to purchase food, drinks, wine, and other beverages. Popcorn and caramel apples; and games, activities, and chances to win over 75 raffle items can also be purchased with tickets. Cash and checks are accepted.

What to Expect

A really good time! And, a lot more than barbecue. Brightmore’s Executive Chef, Ryan McCoy, will be there with his award-winning barbecue, rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, and all the “fixin’s”. And, the table next door will finish things off with a variety of baked goods and seasonal treats.

Don’t forget your clogs! Be prepared to dance it all off and to dance the night away with bluegrass no one can sit still to. You may want to bring a chair in case you need a quick break.

A turkey shoot, corn hole, face painting, and a caricaturist will be among the activities and offerings available on site. You’ll want to say yes to the caricaturist! So, plan to bring a little extra cash, just in case.

What to learn

While this event is geared toward good food, good music, and good times, it’s also intended to help raise awareness.

“Our residents and their families are big supporters of this event, but we’re always surprised by the overwhelming number of attendees from the greater community that come out to support the cause,” said Stacy.

An informational booth and care team members will be present to help answer any questions you may have about the prevention, care and treatment of Alzheimer’s and memory-impairment.


For more information, please call Marianna Stacy at 910-350-1980.

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