By: Jenna Wesner
Hot Wax Surf Shop returned to the Brooklyn Arts Center for the second year in a row on Friday, April 3, to present their fifth, fabulous bikini fashion show: Submerged. The beautiful BAC was decked out in vibrant, aquatic blues to accentuate the beachy, underwater theme. Also adding to the theme: 20 gorgeous bikini-clad Hot Wax models!
The Midatlantic returned to the BAC stage to open the show. The eclectic, rocking, bluegrass, local Americana band set the perfect tone for the show, closing their set with a fantastic alternative cover of Meghan Trainor’s hit song, “All About That Bass.”
While The Midatlantic rocked the house, guests were treated to a silent auction stocked entirely by the brands in Hot Wax Surf Shop. Rip Curl, Volcom, L*Space, Lost, Quiksilver, VonZipper, and many more brands filled auction tables with bags, backpacks, shoes, bracelets, watches, hats, jackets, sunglasses, skateboards and more! Hot Wax fans bid on the donated items throughout the evening, and 100 percent of the profits went to S.H.A.R.E., one of Wilmington’s wonderful nonprofit organizations. “You send a lot of money off, and you don’t know where it goes,” says Candace Lea, Hot Wax manager, ladies clothing and accessories buyer, and coordinator of Submerged. “With S.H.A.R.E., we know it’s going right back into the community, right back into these families that really need it.”
Briana Kelly founded S.H.A.R.E. after earning her degree as a developmental therapist and licensed teacher for special needs children. After witnessing the community’s needs first-hand, Kelly made it her purpose to Support, Hope, Assist, Reflect, and Empower the special needs families of Wilmington. Kelly and S.H.A.R.E. assist the families of New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, and Brunswick counties. To date, she has established three programs for S.H.A.R.E.: the Pay it Forward Program, the Share it Forward Program, and the Christmas Assistance Program. Pay it Forward provides financial support to families and children; Share it Forward provides them with gently used goods; the Christmas Assistance Program delivers donated gift-wrapped presents to local children in need (more than 300 kids just last December!). “It’s not a huge organization,” Kelly says, “it’s for the community, by the community.”
The incredible Middle of the Island Catering Company kept their awesome, low-country, Southern comfort food coming all night long, the BAC bar gently lubricated the evening, all 20 models strutted their stuff in 83 fabulous swimsuits, and attendees cheered the night away for a good cause.