WHAT WE DO: Beaufort Wine and Food is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proceeds from its events benefit organizations that excel in community enrichment and enhance quality of life in Carteret County. Through the generosity and support from sponsors, members and wine and culinary participants, Beaufort Wine and Food has donated more than $720,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations. Below are just a few of the recent projects funded by BWF in 2017/2018:
Below are just a few of the projects and organizations that have received funding from Beaufort Wine and Food:
Beaufort Wine and Food is pleased to announce its next large scale community project; funding $100,000 of a new, state of the art culinary and hospitality building on the Carteret Community College campus.
The Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center will feature 16,128 square feet and be designed to provide students with a high level of education and training. The technology infrastructure and equipment including top of the line ovens, freezers, and kitchen tools with advance digital capabilities will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn and train on the best equipment in the industry.
With Carteret County rapidly becoming a destination point along the eastern seaboard (ranked 13th out of 100 NC counties in tourism), economic growth indicators validate the need for expanded training, education, and workforce development for the Culinary and Hospitality industry.
BWF Donates $50,000 to the Salvation Army
Over the next five years, Beaufort Wine and Food (BWF) will donate $50,000 toward the new facility whose features will have a significant impact on the service The Salvation Army of Carteret County provides.
Beaufort Wine and Food is specifically funding the commercial kitchen portion of the project that will provide critical nutritional support during a disaster and help provide meals in collaborative feeding programs.
$15,000 – Carteret County Public School Foundation – Funds raised during the 3rd Annual Beaufort’s Brewin’ Beef Festival went towards the hurricane relief effort being spearheaded by the Carteret County Public School Foundation. The donation (matched by Doris Buffett) helped the organization move toward meeting a grant challenge, and doubling the money that will directly impact people in true need. All of the Hurricane Florence funds donated to the Foundation are going directly to the students and employees of our school system, and each request is confirmed by principals, teachers and counselors.
$10,000 – Beaufort Boys and Girls Club – STEM Robotics Program – The donation will go towards funding a Robo Tech program which will provide club members with a basic introduction to robotics programming, while engaging members in a robust STEM curriculum that will challenge members to solve problems specific to their communities as they learn the fundamentals of robotics.
$8,300 – Beaufort Elementary School – Walking Track – The track will serve over 500 elementary aged students, providing the opportunity to be outside daily, collaborating with their peers, and being proactive about physical fitness. The track will also serve students with disabilities that will benefit from a paved track for physical therapy as well as elementary aged children who attend the on-site Boys and Girls Club after school program. Beau Coast, Lennar Homes and Preston Development Co. sponsored the Oyster Roast event, and this project could not have been possible without their support.
2017 – Harborside Park
- To preserve a piece of waterfront property for public use. A beautiful downtown deck space on Taylors Creek to sit, to relax and to reflect.
- To provide a maritime and eco educational platform for both the North Carolina Maritime Museum and Rachel Carson Preserve to launch and house classes and projects.
- To provide both a public and museum event area. An over the water public park for the community to gather, enjoy, and call its own.
2017 – Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
BWF donated $13,000 to assist in funding the Public Accessibility of the Artifact, Photography, Oral History, Film and Manuscript Collections of Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.
About the project: Core Sound’s vision for this collection has been a founding element of our overall mission from the beginning. Our relationship with the community, built over years of programming from the Smithsonian to Hatteras, has given us the foundation for becoming the community archive originally envisioned. It is now time to move forward with this endeavor while community sources are still in place and the community’s interest in these artifacts, photographs and stories are at a peak.
2015 – The Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina received funding for their Fun Fitness Summer Program, which benefitted 50 students from first through eighth grade who participated in a ten week program emphasizing healthy eating habits, fitness programs and social interaction.
From the 2015 community grant and funds raised during the “Brogue” collaborative dinner with the Blind Pig Supper Club and November Oyster Roast hosted at Beaufort East Village, Beaufort Wine and Food was able to raise $12,000 for the club in 2015 – earning the Business Leader of the Year Award from the Beaufort Club!
2015 – Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity received funding for their A Brush With Kindness program (ABWK) of home repairs for low-income households. “Many low income households experience damage from moisture and storms that are not covered by their insurance”’ according to Kris Durham, CEO. “Their income is so low that they barely get by, so the added costs of repairs or deductibles is not manageable.” Using volunteer labor and donated materials, Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity provides structural repair to qualified homeowners. Beaufort Wine and Food’s grant was used to fund additional tools and a construction trailer to use on ten project locations.
2015 – Crystal Coast Hospice House used funding from Beaufort Wine and Food to support their mission of providing inpatient and in home hospice care and medical services and to benefit Crystal Coast Hospice House. Their organization provides community awareness and education, bereavement support, ensures access to hospice care for all regardless of income level and provides equipment upgrades in the Newport Hospice House facility. The Crystal Coast Hospice House received $7,500 from Beaufort Wine and Food during the 2015 grant cycle.
2015 – The North Carolina Coastal Federation used funding from Beaufort Wine and Food to operate their Native Plants Education Program, an educational program for students and adults emphasizing sustainable gardening, native plants, preservation of coastal habitat and featuring their new EarthWise Farm. Fifteen underserved students attended their summer sessions, and approximately 150 students from local schools will attend training seminars at EarthWise Farm during the 2015-16 school year. Funds were used to build an education shelter at the farm, and purchase tools and garden supplies. From the 2015 grant cycle and proceeds raised during the 2015 November Oyster Roast hosted at Beaufort East Village, Beaufort Wine and Food was able to donate $13,000 to the North Carolina Coastal Federation!
2015 – Protectors of Homeless Pets of Carteret County received funding to establish a mobile veterinary clinic with Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue that will provide low cost veterinary services to underserved and underprivileged residents in Carteret County. Grant monies were used to purchase a mobile veterinary clinic which will travel to areas with no nearby veterinary services. Residents may bring their pets for reduced cost spay and neuter surgery, rabies vaccines, distemper/heartworm/feline leukemia testing and treatment. Availability of affordable veterinary care will also have a positive impact on the Carteret County Humane Society, with a reduction in unwanted dogs and cats coming in to the shelter.
Conservation and education in the Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit Lab (North Carolina Maritime Museum)
The donation of $33,000 from Beaufort Wine & Food went to cover the entire cost of the Conservation Laboratory and any additional funding needed to complete the exhibit.
The overwhelming response by the general public to the recently expanded Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit and the new Demonstration Conservation Laboratory has been no less than amazing. This is due, in a large part, to the involvement of Beaufort Wine & Food.
With the addition of new lab, visitors now have the opportunity to view and interact with conservators as they prepare artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge for eventual exhibition. For the first time, visitors with a better understanding of the work that goes into preparing these artifacts as they come from “the ocean floor to the museum door.
There is no doubt the funding by Beaufort Wine & Food was instrumental in making this new attraction a reality. It would not have happened without the financial assistance of the organization.
As a result of the initial media coverage by more than 65 regional and national media outlets, Blackbeard’s expanded exhibit and QAR lab are poised to bring additional exposure and visitation to the Museum, Beaufort as well as North Carolina. More visitors will be enjoying Beaufort’s whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining, exciting attractions, and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&B’s. The Board of Directors should very proud to know this is the kind of project that will have an economic impact on the local community and The Crystal Coast.
We truly appreciate the partnership with Beaufort Wine & Food and look forward to working with you on future projects.
– David Cartier, Public Relations Coordinator, North Carolina Maritime Museums Systems
The lab has been designed to support a wide range of conservation activities from opening concretions and cleaning to photography and documentation. It has both wet and dry cleaning stations, an air scribe booth, and examination areas.
Broad windows on two sides of the lab will allow visitors to easily observe the work in progress and interact with the conservators. The lab will be manned by a combination of students, professional conservators, and museum staff.
The newly expanded Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit is made possible through the generous donations from Beaufort Wine & Food and the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The funding for entire exhibit was approximately $40,000.
Beaufort Historical Association
A grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Beaufort Historical Association in 2014 to fund the updating of the Welcome Center, located on the grounds of the historic site, 100 Block of Turner Street. The funding covered the development of interactive software, hardware and multiple touch screens and installation.
Touch screen kiosk in Welcome Center – The project goal is to enhance the Beaufort Historic Site’s visitor experience in a more modern and accessible manner while creating the excitement for them to explore and discover more details within the buildings, at the Old Burying Ground, and around the town of Beaufort.
ABOUT THE BHA – Founded in 1960 by a group of Carteret County citizens without the aid of grants and public funds, the Beaufort Historical Association is a private, non-profit, membership & volunteer based organization which owns and operates the Beaufort Historic Site. Situated in the heart of the town’s historic district, the two-acre Beaufort Historic Site encompasses six authentically restored buildings, including the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, as well as the Old Burying Grounds. The Beaufort Historic Site serves as a testament to the Beaufort Historical Association’s dedication to the continued research and documentation of the peoples, customs, lifestyles, and artifacts of Beaufort’s past, and it’s efforts to preserve the town’s historic identity in the future.