On Tuesday, July 3rd, at the Southport, NC River Front Park on Bay Street during the three day NC July 4th Festival in Southport, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range set up their Community Non-Profit Spotlight Booth.
Russ Barlowe (Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range VP) sat in a patriotic setting with a red, white and blue banner displayed across the front of a table. “Help save the rifle range” and “Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran” were clearly visible.
Russ was dressed in patriotic clothing under a bright red umbrella with a table covered in stars and stripes to answer questions about the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, dedicated to preserving the WWI rifle range located on Caswell Beach. Dana Majernik and Cindy Harriet Etchison assisted during the 4 hours as people visited the booth asking questions about the rifle range and where it was located.
Visitors honored Brunswick County World War I soldiers by making a donation, then receiving a certificate and NC WWI Service Card with the soldier’s military information. Note cards featuring Helen Radcliffe’s water color of the rifle range and 5 X 7 prints were available for purchase. Individuals made contributions and received a pamphlet telling the historical story of the 100 year old structure. Cards with information on how to contact the Friends group were given to visitors.
Each year the Southport/Oak Island Chamber of Commerce offers one local non profit each day of the celebration to share their story. The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range thank the chamber for the opportunity to be featured this year.
Several donations were received to honor a Brunswick County WWI veteran:
Robert & Pamela Schottfeld: Fireman First Class Charles Cox
Susan & Vincent Mercurio: Private Joseph Clemmons
Lori & Dave Testa: Private Lawrence Smith
Russ & Ann Barlowe: Private James Fair
Dana Majernik: Private Julius Clemmons
Thank you for the donations!