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Thousands of people enjoyed SPARKcon 2017, the 4-day creativity festival featuring all things weird, fun and free. This year’s festival covered 1.9 million sq. ft. in downtown.


September 9

Raleigh Brewing Company and their cycling team, Team On Draft, have broken a personal record this year by raising $12,000 to be donated to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help fight MS.

Chef's Life


21C Museum Hotel hosted the premier party for season 5 of Vivian Howard’s A Chef’s Life.

North Hills 5K


Trinity Baptist Church hosted the North Hills 5K to benefit Backpack Buddies.  Hundreds of runners enjoyed a beautiful run through neighborhoods around the church.



Steve Magano founder of CurEat celebrated the app’s Android launch with a night of great food and drink at Google Fiber.

Women on a Mission

June 1

Women on a Mission’s annual dinner featured Chef Ashley Christensen’s award-winning food and Eliza Kraft Olander hand-picked wines.

Social House Vodka

August 5

Social House Vodka celebrated the launch of its brand with the party of the year at Vaughn Towers overlooking NC State University’s Carter-Finley Stadium.  Founders G Patel, Mark Mullins and Cary Joshi say their goal is to activate the power of friendship and create a quality, farm-to-flask vodka.

Sir Walter Miler

August 4

Sir Walter Miler hosted its final race of the summer at Meredith College. Over 4,000 people watched as a runner broke a world record in the Raleigh Denim Mile race and 9 men ran the mile in under the 4 minutes.


June 14

Women in Sports and Events has formed a new WISE Greater Raleigh chapter. The group hosted its first event at Lonnie Poole Golf Course to bring together local women who work in sports, entertainment and events.

North State

June 10

North State Bank presented a check for $150,000 to Transitions LifeCare’s team.  The funds were raised from Summer Salute, as annual beach party at North Ridge Country Club.


June 8

North Hills unearthed the 50-year old time capsule that was buried June 8, 1967. Over 1000 people attended the ceremony including some participants from 1967.

Time Capsule

June 8

North Hills unearthed the 50-year old time capsule that was buried June 8, 1967. Over 1000 people attended the ceremony including some participants from 1967.

Ply Gem

June 5

Cary-based company Ply Gem and Habitat for Humanity partnered for a Builder Blitz building 200 homes in one week across the US. Ply Gem CEO, Gary E. Robinette kicked off the project in Raleigh.


June 2

Raleigh Magazine publisher Gina Stephens joined the fun as a taste tester for the Kickin’ It Country Sauce Competition at Midtown Park at North Hills.

Rex Open

June 1-4

The 2017 Rex Hospital Open was held at the TPC Wakefield Plantation. Proceeds supported cardiovascular disease prevention and education at the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, on UNC REX’s main Raleigh campus. This year’s tournament winner was Conrad Shindler.

Wine Fest

May 21

The four-day Raleigh Food & Wine Festival culminated with all participants gathering at Melrose Knitting Mill and Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar for a tasting celebration.

FS Series 2

May 18

FS Series hosted the Beer Mile at Bond Brothers Brewing in Cary. Hundreds of runners drank four beers over the course of a mile to win bragging rights and their name on the trophy.

Bike for Hope

May 6

Foundation of Hope hosted a Bike of Hope at Lafayette Village. The event  included rides of 52, 30 and 15 miles to support research and treatment of mental illness.

Junior League

May 10

The Junior League of Raleigh along with Mrs. Cooper presented $100,000 in proceeds from the 2017 N.C. Governor’s Inaugural Ball to SAFEchild to help end child abuse in Wake County. 


May 9

Thirty Interact clients were gifted a wonderful opportunity – to treat themselves – to a night of pampering.  Each woman received a new outfit courtesy of C.T. Weekends and designer Lisette Limoges, makeovers by Mary Kay, accessories by Molly’s Beads and a bouquet of fresh roses provided by Whole Foods.

MRA - Crosswalk

May 7 

MRA completed its first crosswalk art project between the DRH campus and CVS on St. Albans. The crosswalk was created by artists Lauri Arndt and Dink Densmore.


May 2

The North Carolina Symphony’s 2017 Friends of Note luncheon raised nearly $100,000 to support its music education program. More than 350 community members who value the arts and education in North Carolina gathered at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to celebrate the importance of learning through music at this annual event. 

Oak & Dagger-2

April 29

Oak & Dagger Public House hosted a Brewer's Challenge Beer Festival in its parking lot. Over 20 local brewers created their entries using only Cascade hops.  


April 20 

Midtown Raleigh Alliance hosted a Real Estate Summit at First Citizens Corporate Conference Center. It included a residential and commercial real estate update as well as a retail and North Hills development update.


April 22

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison partnered with SAFEchild for its “Champions for Children” Gala. The event raised more than $95,000 to fund SAFEchild’s child abuse prevention programs. Held at The Fairview, guests dined on food from Empire Eats, enjoying signature cocktails.