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VIBRANT CORNERSTONE

The MLK Community Center in downtown Wilmington is a local cornerstone that provides athletic, senior, afterschool and teen programs.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc. (CEII) is a non-profit corporation that enriches programs and enhances the facilities at the MLK Center. CEII was started by Bonnie Hu of Wilmington, NC. 

THOUGHTFUL COLLABORTATION

CEII builds relationships through thoughtful collaboration with community non-profits and local businesses. These combined efforts are the basis for the sustainability proposal for energy conservation, kitchen improvements and park enhancements for the MLK Center approved by the Wilmington City Council. 

COMMUNITY KITCHEN PLAN

The MLK Center needs a certified community kitchen to create a source of fresh, healthy food in a food desert, establish food education related programs, and serve as an economic incubator for startups and the new King's Market.

Through extensive planning, local architects, city staff and other volunteers created a concept plan for a commercial kitchen. Architects Eric Jabaley and Charlotte Townes prepared kitchen drawings. See their designs here

As a high school student, Bonnie Hu volunteered for an after-school program at the Martin Luther King Community Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. A few months in, she began to see more clearly the needs of the students, the parents, the community and the center. Just a few additional resources would go a long way, but there were too many questions. Where would the resources come from? How would they be most effectively utilized?

She saw her students for who they could be. She saw the center for what it could be. She offered $2,000 of her summer job savings and asked the community to match her donation to enhance programs at the Center.

A year later, the nonprofit Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc. was founded by a board of volunteers with the goal of serving the needs and empowering individuals in the community. As the founding inspiration, the MLK Center is the base for CEII’s efforts. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment, self-sufficiency and productivity in our community.

 

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY KITCHEN PROJECT

 
TOP CHEF*                                            $50k
 
Recognized as Top* sponsor at our annual Harvest Feast with opportunity to speak, seating at Top Chef's table, 24 complimentary tickets to attend, 24 VIP reception tickets, logo on all digital and print marketing material and a kitchen dedication plaque
CULTIVATOR                                           $10k
Recognized as cultivator at our annual Harvest Feast, 6 complimentary tickets to attend, 6 VIP reception tickets, logo on all digital and print marketing materials and a kitchen dedication plaque
SOUS CHEF                                           $25k
 
Recognized as presenting sponsor at our annual Harvest Feast, 12 complimentary tickets to attend, 12 VIP reception tickets, logo on all digital and print marketing materials and a kitchen dedication plaque
SUSTAINER                                              $5k
 
Recognized as sustainer at our annual Harvest Feast, 4 complimentary tickets to attend, 4 VIP reception tickets, logo on all digital and print marketing materials and a kitchen dedication plaque
SUPPORTER                                             $2k
Recognition as supporter at our annual Harvest Feast, 2 complimentary tickets to attend, 2 VIP reception tickets, name on program marketing materials
FRIEND                                                   $500
Recognition as friend at our annual Harvest Feast, 1 complimentary ticket to attend, 1 VIP reception ticket, name on program marketing materials

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT KITCHEN PROJECT MANAGER
 
BY EMAIL:
ceiiwilm@gmail.com
BY MAIL:
1319 Military Cutoff Road
Suite CC-102
Wilmington, NC 28405
HARVEST FEAST
When:   JUNE 6th, 2019
             5:30PM - 8:30PM
             *VIP Reception from 5:30pm - 6pm

WHERE:   MLK Center

401 S 8th Street

WIlmington, NC

WHY:   TO CREATE a local, commercial                        kitchen & maker's space in                              Downtown ILM

 TICKETS:     910.444.1751

$60 USGBC MEMBERS & CITY STAFF

$75 GENERAL ADMISSION

$100 at the door

Limited Seating

RSVP HERE

AUCTION / 3 COURSE FARM-TO-TABLE MEAL /

KEYNOTE BY CHEF KEITH RHODES /

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT MLK CENTER