Hello April!

Hello friends,

This year just keeps getting better!  I realized I had not written a post in a very long time, as I have been planning my wedding...which happened last week!  I couldn't be more thrilled about life, both personally and professionally.


So far, 2018 has been an amazing year for OPT!  Having kicked off the year with a brand new Board of directors and a wonderfully successful Valentine's Day gift giving opportunity, and benefit concert with Falling for Tuesday at The Loft on Front...OPT has had nothing but support and encouragement.  

After weeks of voting, 5038 votes, and an intense committee discussion, Wilmington Downtown Inc awarded OPT a concert for the 2018 Downtown Summer Concert Series. This means, wristbands will be sold to those wishing to purchase beer and wine during the weekly Friday evening concert, and the money raised will be distributed to the nine organizations who received the most votes!  OPT was 5th out of 42 worthy organizations! Thank you to all who showed your support by voting!

The most recent WILMA Magazine was published this week and features Operation Pretty Things (on page 30, for those of you wishing to pick up a copy and read it :)) Click HERE to read the article!  I think this is our very first magazine article and i could not be more excited!  The only way to stop the violence, is to stop the silence.  This article does just that .  

We have a lot going on in the next few weeks:

April 9 is the kickoff date to the Spring Pretty Things Drive!  After making 400+ gifts this past Christmas and Valentine's Day, our inventory is severely depleted!!  This means we gave some really wonderful gifts.  It also means we NEED more pretty things ASAP!  With Mother's Day right around the corner, we are hoping to collect enough products to make 200 gifts!  This is only possible if you give.  Please check our list of BBI dropbox locations for you to bring your donations. 

April 17 - Ladies Night Launch Party for our nail polish line!! The Hope Collection is the first of our OPT cosmetic line! It is a Buy One, Give One opportunity!! For every nail polish purchased, one will be given to a woman in a domestic violence shelter!  This has been a long time coming so i cannot begin to tell you how excited I am!!  Click HERE for event details.

April 28 - Healthy Living Fest 2018 at Battleship Park. Come out to this FREE event and help us support Operation Pretty Things, Inc ! There are going to be a ton of things to do and enjoy!  You can find all the details HERE on the fb event page.  

And this is just April!  I will post about our Mother's Day event (in May) and golf tournament (in July) soon.  For now, I hope you are all as excited as I am about the days ahead.  God is doing something extraordinary in our city.  Because of your willingness to serve, and your generous hearts, we get to #LOVEBOMBTHEWORLD together :)

Thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart.

With gratitude always,

Missy Bennett :)


The 2017 ONE Gala Silent & Live Auctions


As promised, here is a glimpse of some of the amazing items donated to our OPT ONE Gala silent & live auctions!  You may now commence your bidding strategy... :)

Live Auction

- Perry’s Emporium - $??

Jewelry surprise!


- Wilmington Plastic Surgery Yacht Cruise - $1500

An evening cruise aboard the 60’ motor yacht, Suture Self . Six guests will leave beautiful Bradley Creek Marina, for a fun-filled evening cruising the Wrightsville Beach area, while enjoying wonderful culinary delights.  You and your crew will certainly be rewarded for your generous donation to this worthy cause!


- Chicago Getaway - $1900

A 2 night stay at Chicago's Robey Hotel

$400 to Eddie V’s Chicago

2 All Inclusive Chicago Attarctions Passes

$500 Visa cc for air/travel.  


- Ideal Image - $1300

The entire treatment Package - 1 area of laser hair removal or Tattoo removal


- Date Night Package - $600

Gift certificates to Wilmington's favorite resturants!  


- Dalisay Spa Package - $510

  • Organic facial ($120)
  • Full set of lashes ($200)
  • Cut and blowout ($40)
  • (x3) Spray tans ($90)
  • Mani/pedi shellac ($60)


- Lisa Lightfoot painting - $700

Oil on canvas - Beach at Sunset



- Seth Pray pastel - $260

22 x 28 Pastel on canvas - Deer in forest during sunrise


- Dave Starbuck - $150

20 x 30 framed print - "Topsail Orientation"


- Allison Donnally Jewelry - $60

Local designer - Necklace


- Lure - $105

Necklace and earrings (jewelry set) - Sterling silver and fresh water pearls



- ILM School of Music - $425

  • Black Ibenez RG120 guitar 
  • 1 month of lessons: guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, voice and/or performance coaching


Masonboro Island Tour - $350

  • Kayak tour for 4 to Masonboro Island
  • Hook Line & Paddle Swag:  (x2) cups, (x2) hats and koozies!


Acoustic Images Photo Shoot - $300

  • Professional Photography session
  • 15 edited digital photos 


Eclispe Artisan Boutique at Blue Moon - $260

“Ship, Shop & Socialize" - A wine and cheese gallery experience.  Exclusive get-together for a minimum of 12 friends


Pristine Clean of Wilmington (x2) - $80 each

Complimentary cleaning of your “common areas” which includes foyer, living room, dining and family rooms, kitchen, breakfast area and 1/2 bath


- Wellness Package - $450

  • Live Free Chiropractic, 
  • Massage, 
  • Dental,
  • Fitness


Brooklyn Arts Center Marketplace Experience - $50

2 tickets to each BAC marketplace event


Painting with a Twist - $35

1 Painting class and wine


Back Yard Dream Design - $800

A 3D rendering of your dream backyard and a free bid consultation.


Jeff Gordon Chevrolet - $250

Hot Wheels Ride On Chevy Tahoe by Fisher Price

Let your toddler, preschooler, and grade-school drivers get some behind-the-wheel practice with their very own 12V Power Wheels Chevy Tahoe! Battery-operated riding toy from Fisher-Price


A Thyme Savor Gourmet Wine & Cheese Basket - $200

  • wine
  • cheese



Lipsense Starter Kit - $60

Color of your choosing, Gloss, and "Oops Remover"


Beauty Bar Boutique - $90

Oribe “Making Waves” Kit

Smith & Cult:

  • Lip lacquer in “Now Kith”
  • Nail polish (x2) in “Glass Souls” and “Stockholm Syndrome”


Younique - $290

  • Sculpting trio
  • Sculpting brush
  • 3D mascara
  • One step mascara
  • Lash growth serum
  • Black eye liner
  • Lip bonbon
  • 2 eye shadows
  • Instant lifting serum 
  • Liquid foundation samples
  • Younique beauty bag


MaryKay Gift  for Women - $55

Brush set


MaryKay Gift for Men - Shave Set - $55

  • shave foam
  • shave gel
  • eye cream


Brick & Mortar - $100

  • Forge & Foundry :
  • nomad and mechanics soap
  • Evergreen & Arrowroot Deodorant
  • Pomade
  • Lavendar & Bergamont Beard & Face Oil
  • Punch card ($30)


Soul Shoetique - $40

  • Gift card ($25)
  • Sunglasses


Wilmington Plastic Surgery - $215

SkinMedica GlyPro:

  • Exfoliating facial cleanser ($55)
  • Renewal cream ($55)
  • Antioxident serum ($105)


1051 Salon and Spa Gift Basket - $400

  • 1 hour massage
  • 1 classic facial
  • 1 eyebrow shaping
  • 1 haircut
  • Daybreak candle & room spray
  • Kevin Murphy Travel Body Builder & Session Hair spray
  • L’ANZA Travel Bag with shampoo and conditioner & wet brush
  • Yonka Skincare SPF 25



Plage Dentistry - "Brighten Your Smile" - $500 (x2)

  • Sonicare toothbrush 
  • Teeth Whitening gift cert
  • Access Flosser
  • Hygiene care items


Wilmington Lady Fitness - $120

3 month membership


Any Lab Test Now! (2x) - $125 each

gift certs

5 B-12 Injections


Float Spa - $160

2 Salt water floats


BodyTech Acupunture - $80

gift cert

1 hour of Acupuncture


Longwave Yoga - $120

  • 1 month free yoga
  • tank top


Additional items may be donated.  Check back for updates.