WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Organizers for the Gravely Commissioning have turned in their "expense report" to the city and county.
Committee Chairperson Louise McColl said last week the committee's budget was close to $200,000. She said they didn't realize they were $50,000 short until a few weeks ago, but we reported back in September that she asked the city for $25,000. The county followed suit with another $25,000 a few days later. McColl also admitted that organziers could have scaled back the budget to meet the amount they had raised, but they didn't think to do that.
McColl also said the $50,000 was thrown into a "big pot", but in the committee's report, they "allocated the money" to trolleys ($10,125), buses ($7,350), fireworks ($25,000) and plaques ($11,120) and books ($5.125) for the ship's crew.
Another local TV station reported the committee also spent money on the following items, which the committee will not give specific cost details on:
BBQ Lunch – 125 crew 50 guests
Stargell Auction Dinner – 2 crew 12 guests
Deep Sea Fishing - 45 crew
CO Dinner with Commissioning Committee – 3 guests
Dinner with a Sailor – 45 crew
Breakfast – 1 crew 4 guest
Commissioning Committee Dinner – 14 crew 36 guests
City Council Dinner & Meeting – 4 guests
Screen Gems/One Tree hill Tour/Dinner – 141 crew, 50 guests
Lunch – 1 crew 4 guests
Ten Pin Alley bowling – 80 crew 40 guests
Golf at Landfall – 26 crew 15 guests
Tennis at Landfall – 12 crew
Lunch with Vet group – 75 crew 15 guests
Lunch with Ms. Gravely (inner city) 3 crew 40 guests
Wilmington Celebration Dinner @ Thalian – 172 crew 150 guests (Comedian/Entertainment)
Sponsor's Luncheon – 9 crew 8 guests
Manicure, Pedicure and Hair for Female officers – 10 crew
Chairman's Reception – 35 crew 400 guests
VIP Guest Breakfast – 400 guests
Post-Commissioning Reception Warehouse – 5000 guests
Co Family/VIP Reception – 200 guests
Prayer breakfast with Congressman Mike McIntyre – 75 crew 35 guests
Co and Commissioning Committee Dinner and thank you – 3 crew 37 guests
New Hanover County Commission Chairmam Jason Thompson admitted Friday commissioners did not ask McColl what she planned to do with the money, nor did they originally ask for a report on how it was spent. McColl helped Thompson run his campaign when he ran for County Commission.