WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilson Center will host a series of drive-in concerts later this month.
The four concerts will feature performers from the Cape Fear region, and will serve as the primary fundraising effort for the CFCC Foundation’s Gift of Education initiative this year.
The performance on Saturday, June 27, will be the special, dedicated fundraising performance, and will feature CFCC Merit Scholar Ava Johnson, who will perform with Uptown Easy.
All proceeds raised through this performance, and any other directed donations will go to support student scholarships at the college.
The concerts in this series are:
- June 25 at 7:30 p.m.: TRAVIS SHALLOW Americana
- June 26 at 7:30 p.m.: FLASHBACK Classic Rock
- June 27 at 7:30 p.m.: UPTOWN EASY Soul (Benefitting Student Scholarships)
- June 28 at 4:30 p.m.: MASSIVE GRASS Alternative Bluegrass
The drive-in concerts will be held in the surface parking lot behind the Wilson Center, between Front and Second Streets. These are ticketed events, and capacity for each performance is limited. Tickets must be bought in advance; no walk-up tickets will be available. These events will be held in compliance with local and state health guidelines and will be in-car events. There will be limited amplified sound and the concert will be broadcast via short-range FM radio transmission. It is recommended that ticket purchasers arrive in a vehicle equipped with a tunable FM receiver. For more detailed information, please visit www.WilsonCenterTickets.com.
About Gift of Education and Student Scholarships
The Gift of Education initiative was launched 15 years ago, in 2005. This program, which is entirely donor-supported, raises funds to provide scholarships to Cape Fear Community College students. Since its inception, the program has raised $1.3 million, and provided scholarships to more than 2,200 students. Over the last decade and a half, more than 4,500 guests have attended this annual fund-raising event.
In 2019 the program raised nearly $300,000, which supported scholarships for 1,053 students in 148 programs across the college. Due to the downturn in the economy and high levels of unemployment, many people are seeking training or new career paths. The college projects record-breaking numbers of applications for financial aid for the upcoming fall semester – these newly enrolled students, however, will not be eligible for any of the federal aid made possible through the CARES Act.
This year, due to state and local health restrictions, the Foundation has partnered with the Wilson Center to put on a special fund-raising concert as part of the Wilson Center Drive-In Concerts rather than its traditional fund-raising breakfast. Proceeds from this concert, as well as any additional donations, will go to support student scholarships. Attendees at any of the drive-in concerts may donate to support education directly via their mobile phones, through a text-to-give option. Those who wish to do so may simply text “GOE” to 44321. An online portal will also be available to allow donations to be made online at cfcc.edu/goe.
For Drive-In Concert Tickets
Tickets for the concerts (June 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2020) will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 12, 2020. ALL tickets MUST be purchased in advance; there will be no walk-up ticket sales for this event. Tickets will be priced at $40 per car, plus taxes & fees for a basic ticket; a package which includes a ticket and specially crafted snack platter will also be available. Tickets may be purchased online beginning at 10 a.m., at www.WilsonCenterTickets.com.
These concerts are limited-capacity events, in order to comply with local and state health requirements. Vehicle placement will be at the discretion of management. For additional details, please visit www.WilsonCenterTickets.com.