Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ministering Circle’s annual Gourmet Sale to benefit local nonprofits and scholarships


WILMINGTON — The Ministering Circle will hold its annual “Red Apron Gourmet Sale for a Cause” on Saturday, Oct. 21, at The Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Drive. Doors will open at 10 am.

Lines usually begin to form 30-45 minutes before the sale and admission is free. While in line, shoppers will have opportunity to buy raffle tickets and $5 cookbooks and try delicacies sold at the sale, such as homemade cheese straws and pepper jellies. Nine Raffle prizes range from a 4-course dinner at Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria with a signed Vivian Howard cookbook to credits at retailers such as Cape Fear Jewelry and Antiques and Protocol Gifts, elements for good living.

Gourmet items for sale include various frozen homemade casseroles, soups, chowders, stuffed potatoes, ham biscuits, pickles, relishes and jellies. Also, home-baked goods, including cakes, pies, cheese straws and biscuits.

The sale will be open this one morning from 10-11:30 am. All items are anticipated to be sold within that time to raise funds for local scholarships at UNCW and CFCC and humanitarian and healthcare services in the Cape Fear Region.

Hand-knit baby clothing and blankets and superior Rada knives and products will also be for sale. It is recommended shoppers come early and bring a shopping tote. Credit cards, cash, and checks will be accepted.

“We anticipate stirring it up and giving back to our community,” said Margaret Robison, Ministering Circle Sale chairwoman.

Raffle items can be purchased in advance from members of the Ministering Circle and at the sale, and you do not need to be present to win. You can follow the Ministering Circle on facebook or visit the website at www.theministeringcircle.com.

About the Ministering Circle

The Ministering Circle is a nonprofit organization founded in 1888 when a group of women began raising funds for benevolent work in the community. The non-denominational organization maintains a group of 50 women in its membership that continue the mission of caring for others with love and service by supporting local projects and scholarships. The Gourmet Sale is held every fall as the organization’s primary fundraiser. The Circle also accepts donations and memorial gifts throughout the year and sells its most recent cookbook Cape Fear… Still Cooking that includes recipes for sale items and recipes passed down for several generations and from the original cookbook Favorite Recipes of the Lower Cape Fear.

At its beginnings, The Ministering Circle supported healthcare needs in the community, such as financing the building of a home at Wrightsville Beach for sick children during the summer, funding the district nurse over 40 years until NHC Health Department was established in 1950, and contributing to the purchase of a horse for the James Walker Memorial Hospital ambulance and of Wilmington’s first X-ray machine. Since 2000, The Ministering Circle has funded over 20 nonprofit organizations in New Hanover County that are meeting local healthcare and humanitarian needs. Most significantly, the Circle continues to add scholarships granted to qualified students in the field of nursing at UNCW and in the nursing and medical technology fields at CFCC, per the educational department standards and recommendations. The Fall Bazaar, now called “Gourmet Sale for a Cause,” has been a successful fundraiser for over 30 years.

Submitted by Suzanne Coleman

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