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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Memorial planned to honor victim of domestic violence

WILMINGTON — Next week, community members will gather to honor the life of a victim who was killed in December at the Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club.

MaryAnn Breault was tragically shot at the end of 2021. The Greater Wilmington Tennis Association and the Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club, located at 4950 Holly Tree Rd., will honor the domestic violence shooting victim with a ceremony Friday, Mar. 4, 6 p.m. Breault’s daughter, Rachel Knowles, will be present, as a bench commemorating her mother’s memory will be unveiled at the ceremony.

Speakers will include Candy Pegram (community coordinator, Greater Wilmington Tennis Association), Kelly Gaines (executive director of U.S. Tennis Association, North Carolina), Lauren Daley (executive director, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.), Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, and Breault’s daughter.

Those attending may dress in purple to represent and support domestic violence awareness.  

As well, theThe Greater Wilmington Tennis Association and Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club have partnered with Rachel Knowles to hold a charity tennis tournament, Raise A Racquet Against Domestic Violence, on Mar. 4-6. The goal is to educate the community on domestic violence; the tournament will benefit Wilmington’s Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.

More information about the ceremony and tournament can be found through GWTA, at, the Holly Tree Racquet & Swim Club at, or Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. at

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Shea Carver
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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