During Hurricane Florence WWAY put out 83.5 hours of live television coverage to viewers before, during and after the storm hit; Working in 8 hours shifts live on television, the anchors and meteorologist stayed on top of the storm and made sure to keep viewers in the know online and on-air. Behind the scenes crews worked around the clock to get new content in and everyone slept on floors, suffered through loud rain, winds and even a tornado that hit the station. We were lucky to make it through and here is a photo of some of the help we received from our sister stations after working nearly 10 days straight.
The community pulled together to help Hurricane Florence Victims, led by individuals who wanted to step up and make sure those in low income areas had food, water and supplies. Amanda and her co-worker Sarah Johnson stopped by Dreams on Fanning Street in Wilmington to drop off and donate supplies and to promote the event.
Amanda will be emceeing along with her on-air colleagues as the Town of Leland Celebrates 29th Birthday this Saturday, September 8, at the Founders' Day Festival!
On Saturday, September 8, the Town of Leland will celebrate its 29th birthday at the Leland Municipal Park, 113 Town Hall Drive from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each year on the second Saturday of September, the Town celebrates its birthday with a grand party for the community featuring entertainment, food, a carnival, arts and crafts/business vendors, fireworks and more. Opening ceremonies and Veteran's Salute will kick off the festivities at 3:00 p.m. and emcees from WWAY will introduce musical performances by Chairmen of the Board featuring Ken Knox, Carolina Soul Band and Cassette Rewind.
Festival patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs as seating for the performances will not be provided. For safety and sanitation reasons, pets are not allowed, only registered service animals. Smoking, e-cigarettes and tobacco products are prohibited. Please note there is no parking on site. Patrons are encouraged to park at North Brunswick High School at 114 Scorpion Dr. and ride the free shuttle to the event. Handicapped Parking will be available at the Habitat for Humanity Restore at 414 Village Rd. where golf cart shuttles will transport guests to the event grounds. If unable to ride a shuttle or walk, please call 910-408-3092. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more details on the event visit https://www.townofleland.com/departments/parks-recreation/founders-day or call 910-408-3092 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda participated in National Read A Book Day by reading to the 2nd grade students at Wrightsboro Elementary it is observed annually on September 6th. It invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.
The 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina hosted their first awards and recognition fundraiser breakfast Saturday.
Amanda Fitzpatrick represented WWAY and got a chance to partner with the organization to mentor a student about television and get news coverage. The event recognized new chapter members and graduating seniors in their student success mentoring program. The money raised goes towards student scholarships, funding college trips and educational events for the students.
Students in their success academy meet two Saturdays each month and learn life and job skills while attending seminars and field trips. “This is one of those programs that really helped me along, really gave me good inspiration to do more, be more. And it’s just been amazing, and thanks to them, I’m a proper gentleman who’s going off to college, and hopefully might end up in a career in law enforcement,” said award recipient Quamek James.
The members hold workshops weekly at Williston, D.C. Virgo and Leland middle schools to mentor students. Once those students enter high school they can join the success academy.
Ladies Night Out Purse Bash in the bag for July 19
The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held their Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out Purse Bash at The Brunswick Center at Supply. The event allowed ladies to purchase a ticket and enter for two chances to win designer handbags. Each ticket included dinner, a fashion show and a chance to win bags ranging in price from $300--$500.00 More than 30 were given away every 10 minutes during a raffle emceed by Amanda Fitzpatrick. The event had more than 400 wishful ladies and was a lot of fun filled with excitement and a lot of laughs.
It was a hot day outside Thursday, but inside Wilmington’s Independence Mall, hundreds of senior citizens got some important info about services and products just for them. It was WWAY’s first ever Senior Expo.
Dozens of vendors showed off their services and Amanda got a chance to meet and greet many viewers.
The event was organized to bring the community together with good resources and allow them to meet local WWAY talent.
Amanda was blessed to be the Emcee of the Ocean City Jazz festival June 7 & 8 at North Topsail Beach. The festival raises money for the Ocean City Beach Community, which was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina. It featured Jazz artists Julian Vaughn, Warren Wolfe with the John Brown Quintet, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman along with Saturday's acts: The Skip Walker Band featuring Kia Walker, Derrick Gardner with the John Brown Quintet and Karen Briggs.
More history....15 years before the Civil Rights Act.In 2009, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a Fayetteville, NC jazz saxophonist and his accompanists were invited to provide entertainment on the porch of the Community Center. It was enjoyed by all in attendance, bringing in surrounding visitors to Topsail Island, NC and thus, the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival was launched as a vehicle to promote the history of the Ocean City Community. Ocean City has been designated as a historical site on the Jacksonville-Onslow County African American Trail and provides a wonderful 2-day venue for jazz lovers of all ages.
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Potluck for Peace is an effort to impact peaceful change in the community through food, fellowship, and enriching dialogue. By combining a wide variety of community members, we hope to create a powerful conversation about change, acceptance, and awareness. Potlucks are held quarterly. All community members are welcome to join us for an evening filled with mature conversation and delicious food!
The night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis,Tennessee, he was scheduled to be in Wilmington.
The civil rights leader was to speak at Williston High School that night to headline a voter registration drive, but was persuaded to remain in Memphis another day in support of that city’s sanitation workers’ strike.
Now, 50 years later, a coalition of Wilmington civic, and non-profit, and religious
leaders is organizing an event to remember Dr. King’s final days and to imagine how
his life and the nation’s history might be different if he had kept to his original
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, the public was invited
to gather in the gym of Williston Middle School where Dr. King would have spoken.
The program featured music of the Civil Rights Era, video footage of the
assassination, and clips from his famous “Mountaintop” speech.
Amanda and her husband Yusef started the Wilmington Black Professionals to bring together professionals in and around the Wilmington area to network and expand their circle. More than 300 people have attended their past events. To attend their next event April 21 at the Marina Grill click here.
The Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center hosted a Hats off to Leland fundraiser March 10 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The event raised funds for the arts and activities at the center. Amanda emceed the fashion show and even wore one of the dresses provided by Island Breeze and hat by a local designer.
It was an honor to attend and volunteer at the YWCA Women of Achievement Dinner in downtown Wilmington. Last year, I was nominated for an award, and this year as a member of the YWCA I was able to help out with registration and applaud the women who were nominated and won awards.
I had a great time speaking to the kiddos at Castle Hayne Elementary school! I spoke to hundreds of students throughout the day. Class after class I was honored to meet so many super smart and sweet kids who really enjoyed learning about news.
I really enjoyed participating in the Port City Rip The Runway charity event in Wilmington!
It was started in January 2012 in Wilmington, NC and is a scholarship fundraiser in honor of Lillie Ann Heggins. She was the mother of local radio Program Director/On-Air Personality/DJ/Community Activist/Philanthropist, Brandon "Bigg B" Hickman. He and his wife Suprena Hickman started the event to continue her legacy.
This event highlights local talent, DJs, small and commercial businesses, local models, make-up artists, hair stylists, and clothing designers, and local community leaders and business owners. The model selections comes mainly from NC locals- who are selected after tryouts. The models are ordinary women, men, and children in the community with a desire to rip the runway!
Hundreds attend annually ranging from teenagers to elders and of various socioeconomic backgrounds. They travel from within the Carolina's and some guests, stylists, and designers even travel long distance in support of this event. The environment is described as a fun, family-friendly environment. The beautiful result is a community uniting to support each other and help send a child to college.
Best of all I got to rip the runway with my hubby!
The WWAY Health fair was a great success!! Hundreds came out to learn more about health vendors, hospitals, and get advice from local hospitals and clinics. Some were able to get a flu shot and medical and health advice.
The event was held at Independence mall in Wilmington, NC. Best of all, my parents made a trip down and enjoyed the event.
I am so excited to be the newest member to join the YWCA Lower Cape Fear board in Wilmington, NC. I believe in the mission and I know that working with the organization will allow me to be able to help the community more than ever. As a former YWCA Women of Achievement nominee and active member of the community, I feels blessed to be a part of the organization.
Let's go to work!
The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Adopted by the General Assembly in 2009
I had a great time participating in the annual Port City Rip The Runway event! I was able to model a gown by David's Bridal and my husband Yusef modeled in various scenes throughout the night. It was great to be apart of such an awesome event, raising money for a wonderful charity.
More than 250 people gathered together in the Port City for a one of a kind event. The Wilmington Black Professionals led by Amanda Fitzpatrick and her husband Yusef Abdur-Razzaaq hosted a major event MLK weekend to bring together professionals and community members for a special event. The event was designed to allow networking, mingling, speeches from local political leaders and dancing! Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and State Rep. Deb Butler attended and spoke about MLK's dream for the city. Community leaders and others enjoyed complimentary appetizers, speciality cocktails, DJ Bigg B from Coast 97.3 and more. It was a an amazing event and people traveled from Charlotte, Baltimore and Raleigh to celebrate that night.
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Wilmington is a city known for it's beaches but today it was all about the snow! Icy wintry weather hit our area and we took a break for our news coverage once we got home, to get some pics in the snow!
It was a fun New Year's Eve with my husband and our friends. We went to Palate in Downtown Wilmington for a "Grown Folks" party, great music and local craft brews and wines. We left to go to Blackfinn one more time before they close. We met up with Peter the manager and some other friends and had a great time dancing and also counting down to Midnight. I don't know about you but I am happy for my health, family, job and so much more. In 2018 I plan to count my blessings and believe that the New Year will bring in many more!
I had a blast reading the Polar Express book to the kiddos as they waited anxiously to meet Santa in Downtown Wilmington. There were more than a dozen kids, there ages include 3 to 12 years old. The backdrop of the Train with the conductor and Santa made it a special reading that the kids loved! I also got a chance to take photos with some of the kids I read too.
The readings take place the week before Christmas each year and my station WWAY is proud to sponsor readers from our on-air team.
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