October 12th, 2016

At Sage Island, Fall is the Season of Giving

by Christine Hennessey

Sage Island is a company born and bred in Wilmington. Because the Port City has given so much to us (great weather, a beautiful ocean, wonderful running trails, UNCW alumni, and a thriving business community) we’re eager for an opportunity to return the favor. Lucky for us, we’ve had plenty of opportunities this month. Below are just some of the organizations and events we’re supporting. We hope you decide to support them, as well!


Trick-or-Trot 5K for the Historic Wilmington Foundation

Super heroes, princesses, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will invade Greenfield Lake Park for the most fun 5k and one mile walk in Wilmington! Proceeds from this event support the third grade initiative Tar Heels Go Walking and historic preservation programs throughout the Lower Cape Fear Region. Since 2009, through the Tar Heels walking tour, Historic Wilmington Foundation guides have helped educate over 18,000 children, 1,200 parent volunteers, and 300 teachers about historic preservation, Wilmington history, public art, and city development. It’s a great organization—not to mention a great race—and we’re happy to be a sponsor. (Want to run? There’s still time to register!)


Son Run for Wrightsville UMC

If you haven’t registered for the 18th Annual Son Run yet, you’re in luck—the race was just rescheduled due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew and will now take place Sunday, October 23rd. This race winds through scenic Wrightsville Beach and benefits two charities with a focus on children. The first, Methodist Home for Children, works to build strong families, protect children who’ve been through revolving short-term placements, who were born addicted to drugs, and who’ve suffered abuse and neglect. The Methodist Home for Children helps stabilize their families and open kids’ futures to new opportunities through higher education grants and vocational training. The other is the 2nd Charity Congregations for Children, which partners churches with public schools in the community with a focus on improving K-3 Literacy, providing for basic needs (food, clothing etc), helping schools increase parent/adult role model involvement, and increasing awareness of child poverty.


Susan G. Komen Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Susan G. Komen foundation is a huge organization dedicated to raising money to help fund health services, breast cancer education, and outreach. Here in Wilmington, those efforts include an annual 5K, which is part of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness Weekend. Sage Island supports this organization by helping them with branding, marketing, and promoting their race to increase participation and broaden their impact.


Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival

The Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival is an annual favorite event that Sage Island loves to support—and not just because we enjoy sampling all the delicious craft beers. This event benefits The Carousel Center, a non-profit organization committed to assisting victims of child abuse, providing critical care services to children from 15 counties throughout southeastern North Carolina, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Our support includes website design and hosting as well as branding. We recently wrote a post about this year’s design, which is so good it’s scary.


The Cucalorus Film Festival

Each year, we look forward to Cucalorus. It’s one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the South and takes place each November right here in Wilmington. Similar to Lighthouse Beer and Wine Fest, we help out with website design and branding (we especially like this year’s ocean-inspired theme.) Our CEO, Mike Duncan, also serves on the Board of Directors, and our staff enjoys attending film screenings and enjoying everything this festival brings to the Port City. There are still a few days left to contribute to their IndieGoGo campaign, and we encourage you to pledge a few dollars to this unique and culturally relevant cause.

At Sage Island, we’re grateful for the opportunity to support so many wonderful organizations and events that make our lives in Wilmington brighter and better. We hope you find the time and energy to support them as well!

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