Heather Pope Foster Family Overwhelmed by Outpouring of Community Support

Earlier this month, Starling Marine hosted their annual Summer Celebration fundraiser for the family of Heather Pope Foster. Raising the most money in the event’s history – thanks to the overwhelming support of the Wilmington community and businesses, Starling Marine is overjoyed to present a check for $18,000 to benefit the Foster Family.

The Summer Celebration fundraising festivities included a dinner catered by MOI, an auction of over 100 items, more than 800 event t-shirts sold across the United States, and a one-day family fishing tournament in Wrightsville Beach.

Summer Celebration

Bryan Starling commented, “We raised more money this year than ever before – and by a long shot. It was a great event with approximately 425 guests attending the dinner & auction, and just under 30 boats fishing in the tournament. We are humbled by the number of people that joined us in celebrating Heather, and are especially thankful for everyone who volunteered and donated to make this year’s Summer Celebration the best ever.”

View more pictures of the event on our Facebook album >

Summer Celebration Fishing Fundraiser Results

  • Top Angler: Eddie Fetter, Wahoo 33lbs
  • 2nd Angler: Mike Supa, King Mackerel 16lbs
  • Top Junior Angler: Emmie Rose, Sheepshead 3.7lbs
  • 2nd Junior Angler: Jackson Garrett, Flounder 2.8lbs

It’s Not Too Late to Make a Donation!

If you were unable to attend the Summer Celebration and would like to support the Foster Family, Starling Marine still has event t-shirts for sale online, and you can also donate online as well at https://www.starlingmarine.com/events/summer-celebration/

About Heather Pope Foster

Heather Pope Foster of Wilmington, NC recently lost her battle with Stage IV Lung Cancer. When Heather was 23 weeks pregnant in January of this year, she learned that she was in an advanced stage of this fierce disease. She started chemotherapy immediately, but this did not improve her condition. So on February 19, Elizabeth Rae was welcomed into the world weighing only 2Ibs. 14 oz. Heather started intense radiation therapy immediately after Elizabeth was born, but she could not get ahead of the disease. The Foster family’s strong faith has provided them with enormous strength and courage during this difficult time. They are extremely grateful for the Wilmington community and the Summer Celebration sponsors rallying to celebrate the most inspirational woman they were blessed to have in their lives.