Sunday, August 7, 2022

American activist Elizabeth Smart to speak at nonprofit luncheon

WILMINGTON — Coastal Horizons’ annual luncheon will welcome Elizabeth Smart as the headline speaker on Friday, Mar. 11, 11:30 a.m., at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Elizabeth was abducted at 14-years-old during the summer of 2002 and is known to be one of the most followed missing children in the country. She was taken from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, by a husband-wife team who tortured, raped, and threatened to murder her for nine consecutive months. 

Police returned Smart to her family in March 2003. She has since become an advocate for child abduction, child safety, and recovery programs. Smart remains a motivator to parents, communities, and police officers on emphasizing the importance of child safety. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the Rape Crisis Center and Open House Youth Shelter and Residential Services of Coastal Horizons. The nonprofit works in offering community programs in substance use, mental health, crisis intervention, family preservation, transitional living, school-based health, primary care, justice, and veteran services.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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