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!
Another great Christmas with my family this year, counting the blessings! Here are just a few photos from my family celebrating the holiday and my Aunt's Ugly Christmas Sweater party!
If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids on the weekend, the Wilmington Railroad Museum has you covered!
WWAY is pleased to announce we will be taking part again this year in the annual readings of “The Polar Express.” I will be there to read to the kiddos Saturday, December 2 at 5:30pm. Then the kids can grab some hot chocolate and see Santa, all for 5 bucks!
My colleagues will also be there to read at other dates and times, the railroad museum will host the readings each Saturday at both 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
We will also have a special reading Sunday, December 17. It’s a great way for you to come see what the Railroad Museum has to offer this holiday season.
I am so proud of my evening team!! Together we pulled in 2 awards.
The RTDNAC and AP announced the finalists for the 2017 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. I am proud to report my WWAY news team won the AP Best Evening Newscast (NC)! That night was full of breaking news, I was solo anchoring in the studio as we learned a boat had just exploded.
My producers Sarah Johnson and Allyson Lorick jumped into action and together we came up with a plan to make sure our reporter Basil John was ready to go live from the scene. But then there was a fire, and I knew we didn't have a reporter, but could use the weather tower cams to get live video of the fire!
I asked our Meteorologist to pull up the live cam to see if there was video on his weather cam and we were able to see that and add that to the newscast! Even though we didn't have the additional staff everyone worked together to make sure we got it in and we were able to do that.
My co-anchor Daniel Seamans was live reporting in the field with our Meteorologist Helen Holt for our "This is the Place" road trip so we had a lot going on and it was all a team effort to put out the information to the public and make sure that we had all of the details on each story.
I am so excited and proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team. I enjoyed the awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 11. I also got a chance to see so many friends and former colleagues from WCSC in Charleston, SC and my work in Charlotte, NC.
Tom Llamas from ABC did a great job as a keynote speaker, and charged the crowd to protect our craft and keep pushing!
A group of special boys and girls joined together to participate in the first ever MLK Pageant at Williston Middle School in Wilmington. The organizers including Evelyn Bryant and Hollis Briggs of the MLK committee in southeastern North Carolina say they are continuing to work and honor the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through various activities and events.
Thirteen contestants competed on November 18 for the new title as the Martin Luther King Jr. king and queen. But it was about more than just winning the crown. The pageant was hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee.
Their purpose is to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., improve racial relations within communities and educate especially our youth.
This pageant was one of the first events working towards commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
The committee’s goal is to build on this event for upcoming celebrations until April of next year.
But until then, it is all about the fun contestants had competing for the crowns.
“It’s not all about winning, it’s about having fun and just hanging out with your friends during the pageant,” contestant Aamere Montgomery said.
Even though only two could be named king and queen, it was a moment everyone could be proud of.
WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was also at the event and presented an award.
The WWAY team worked hard with the Salvation Army to raise money and stock their pantry this holiday. By the way, in 2016 we set a record by collecting more than 25,000 pounds of food and nearly $700 in cash.
That record no longer stands. Maj. Mark Craddock with The Salvation Army says the community came together and donated 33,100 pounds of food to restock shelves for 2017. That’s 16.55 tons of food and tens of thousands of donuts given out as a thank you!
On November 11th WWAY was awarded Best Special Report for our Commercial-Free Election Night coverage by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for our work in local news.
I was fortunate to co-anchor the election night coverage with Daniel Seamans and we were joined by a hardworking group of reporters, analyst and production crew.
I'm very proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team, because it says a lot about what we can do together.
The awards luncheon was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord and Tom Llamas from ABC was the guest speaker.
Check out that one time my co-workers tried to scare me and let's just say it didn't go so well! 2004 WCSC flashback throwback Halloween scare tactic caught on camera!
It was a fun day in Charlotte! So great seeing friends at the Casino Night Saturday, brunch at Sports One and going to the Randy Houser Concert at Rooftop at Epicenter!
RTDNAC and AP announced the finalists for the 2017 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. I am proud to report the finalists for the RTDNAC/AP Awards are in, and we are up for two RTDNAC/AP Awards.
My WWAY newsteam are finalist for AP Best Evening Newscast (NC) and RTDNAC Best Special Report for our Commercial-Free Election Night.
I am so excited and proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team. Can't wait for the awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 11. Tom Llamas from ABC will be there to speak.
Here's a look at the categories we are nominated for this year!
Amanda spent the afternoon speaking to young girls apart of the group "GIRL Power" about making good choices, staying in school and how to become successful. It was a group started by the New Hanover County school district to inspire the students to succeed in and outside of the classroom,.
We were excited to get a chance to be invited to the private party at the upcoming VIDA nightclub in Wilmington. There were a lot of movers and shakers including the Mayor, City council members, the owner of Blackfinn/Vida and the owner of the Marina downtown! We really enjoyed the free tapas and drinks plus meeting new people. The club has two floors including a rooftop bar that overlooks the marina and Cape Fear river. We had a blast with our new friends another couple new to the area. Can't wait until they officially open!
I was so excited to be asked to be the Grand Marshall of the 34th Annual Maple Hill fall festival and parade! Roughly 3,000 people came out to watch the parade full of bands, motorcycle clubs, corvettes, horse riding, and I was the Grand Marshall!
After the parade, there were plenty of things to do, including a fall festival with 17 food vendors from Atlanta to Virginia seafood and more plus you can shop vendors selling Jewelry, fashion, plus music, fun for kids including amusement park rides.
The Fete is a magical event bringing together people from across the Wilmington area to dine, fellowship, dance and get to know one another in a unique setting. No one knew of exactly what it was, or where it was being held. When I first received an envelope with a unique sticker and no return address inviting me to attend, I'll admit, I was nervous! Once I discovered more about the charity it benefited, Blue Ribbon Commission and the person behind it, Lynn Jones I was so excited!
The event was mystery until the end, two hours before it was set to start we were given the address to meet. Once there, we were picked up in a limo bus and driven to our secret location. The dinner was held at Grand Cru at Lumina Station in Wrightsville Beach. There was also excellent music, a live band featuring music by the talented Darryl Sax Murrill !
The Wilmington Black Professionals held a mixer at Blackfinn in Downtown Wilmington.
Dozens came out to network and mingle with other professionals at the Wilmington Black Professionals inaugural mix & mingle networking event. . The free event offered free tapas and music by Coast 97.3 Bigg B. WWAY's Basil John took pictures and Amanda & Yusef organized the event along with YWCA Board Member Evelyn Bryant, Spectrum News Reporter Kendra Douglas, Starnews Reporter Elizabeth Montgomery, and Champion of Compassion Rebecca Trammell.
To learn more or join the Wilmington Black Professionals group click on the link.
Amanda got a chance to speak to nearly a dozen students participating in the 100 Black Men of Coastal Carolina Adult Scholar program about being a news reporter and anchor at WWAY. Read more here.