CAROLINA BEACH –– Pleasure Island and the greater Wilmington area is coming together this weekend to raise money and spirits in the wake of a tragic fire that devastated the community a week ago today.
On Good Friday, a blaze of unknown origin took over Paradise Cove, a 12-unit condo in Carolina Beach, just before 1 p.m, leaving several residents injured, without homes and mourning the loss of countless belongings.
Below are a few fundraisers to help those affected.
Callie Ryan and Chad Jeffrey
Events on the island this Friday and Saturday are benefitting Callie Ryan and Chad Jeffrey, whose possessions burned in the fire. Both survivors are bartenders at The Dive in Carolina Beach (6 N. Lake Park Blvd.).
According to a GoFundMe organized by the bar, Ryan and Jeffrey lost their savings and a dog in the fire. Ryan injured her back, sternum and ribs from leaping from the third-floor balcony to escape and cannot work for some time as she undergoes a lengthy recovery.
At The Dive, all sales from Friday, Apr. 9, through closing time, Apr. 10 at 2 a.m., will benefit Ryan and Jeffrey.
A silent auction is being held throughout Friday, with winners will be named Saturday. Prizes include a 55-inch TV, a weekend stay at an Airbnb from Sea Mist, a jet ski rental from Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals, and a half-day inshore fishy charter from Cape Fear Guide.
A lengthy list of businesses donated raffle items as well. Tickets will be drawn throughout the day Friday, although the lucky winner does not need to be present at the time of the announcement to accept the prize.
Musical performances will take place throughout the day and night, featuring Nick Black, Meghan Johnson, Sam Melvin and Will Lewallen, Curtis McLaughlin, The Smokey Dunes Band, Jason Schroer, and Justin and Erin Jernigan.
On Saturday, the fundraising continues. The Last Resort (600 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach) is hosting a benefit event for Ryan and Jeffrey from noon to 5 p.m. All donations collected will funnel directly into the GoFundMe set up by The Dive.
Attendees will enjoy live music by Elliott Smith and Sam Melvin, $12 barbecue plates crafted by Ken Vair, and raffles with prizes from nearby businesses and groups.
Local screenprinting shop Donthemons Irie is selling up to 100 limited-edition “CB Strong” T-shirts throughout the day for a minimum $25 cash donation. Thanks to donors of supplies and labor, 100% of the profits will go to Ryan and Jeffrey.
One Paradise Cove resident who lost her 10-year home in the fire is still undergoing medical treatment after jumping from the second floor.
According to a GoFundMe, organized by her daughter, Marilyn Costen is recovering from fractures to her spine and broken bones in her right leg. She is expected to remain in the hospital for up to two weeks.
The page has raised $11,000 of a $15,000 goal as of Friday afternoon.
Paradise Cove residents
Pleasure Island Habitat, a local nonprofit focused on disaster relief, is raising funds for all those displaced by the fire.
According to organizers, the nonprofit will disperse donations until all needs are met. Any leftover money will go into a reserve for when another tragedy strikes.
As of early Friday afternoon, the page raised more than $67,700.
For another way to help out, diners are encouraged to eat at Hoplite on Saturday. All proceeds will support residents of Paradise Cove.
The Irish pub tailored a special menu for the event and is collecting donations at their 720 N. Lake Park Blvd. restaurant in Carolina Beach.
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