Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Boutique real estate firm raises $50K for NourishNC

Cape Fear Commercial hosted a fundraiser for NourishNC at Ash Aziz’s new Origins restaurant located in Autumn Hall last week. It raised $50,000 for the nonprofit. (Cape Fear Commercial/Will Page)

WILMINGTON — Last week, area leaders and businesses came together in an effort to combat child hunger across the Cape Fear. A fundraiser hosted by real estate agency Cape Fear Commercial at Ash Aziz’s Origins restaurant raised $50,000 for local nonprofit NourishNC.

Origins is Autumn Hall’s newest fine-dining establishment, having opened on Friday, May 13. CFC is the brokerage in charge of Autumn Hall and represented Aziz in the sale of three of his former properties in 2019.

READ MORE: NourishNC debuts expanded campus, launches ‘Market on Market’

ALSO: 22 restaurants in 24 years: Ash Aziz opens Origins in Autumn Hall

“Celebrating the opening of Ash’s newest restaurant was the perfect chance to show support for [NourishNC],” Brian Eckel, Cape Fear Commercial co-founder, said in a press release.

NourishNC volunteers offloaded, labeled, and stored 32,000 pounds of food recently purchased and unloaded 4,000 pounds of food drive items Monday, according to its Facebook post. (Courtesy photo)

The nonprofit has been in the process of moving into its new digs, a 12,000-square-foot building located on 2.1 acres of land, at 3606 Market St. The nonprofit’s $2.1 million capital campaign funded the renovation of a former Chinese buffet restaurant so that it could quadruple its cold-storage space and double its capacity for storing non-perishable food items.

The move also is enabling NourishNC to launch a new program, Market on Market. MoM will provide families and children a place to shop for nutritious foods throughout the summer.

“This work is sorely needed during the summer months, when students lose their access to free and reduced lunches at school,” executive director Steve McCrossan said in a press release provided by Cape Fear Commercial.

The $50,000 CFC raised will stock the shelves of MoM throughout the summer, according to the press release.

“While getting to know the team at NourishNC, they’ve made it clear how serious a problem child hunger is in our region. And they’ve proven that their work is making a difference,” Eckel continued in the release.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David echoed Eckel’s statement.  

“What NourishNC accomplished during the pandemic, and what they did during Hurricane Florence, was truly a triumph of ingenuity in trying times,” David said. 

“Their work is invaluable to our city,” Saffo added.

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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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