gate-posterCome to the Open Gate for Wilmington’s Gates

The beautiful and elegant Wilmington’s Gates poster is for sale at The Open Gate. Come by our administrative office:

The Open Gate
2901 Market Street
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The poster is also available at any of our Vintage Values Resale Shops. We will be happy to assist you.

We include an information sheet about the gates, “Pierced Portals” with each poster. We thank Sue Boney Ives, Ed Turberg, Charles Boney, Janet Seapker, and Susan Block for this historical outline that adds much interest to the poster.

We are working on displaying the poster at various locations downtown, let us know if you would like to help with distribution and/or sales by calling the Development Director at 910.343.9969.


The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council and the Pulliam family are honored to announce the nominees for the 2018 IMPACT Award.  This award has been established this year to mark the 10th anniversary of Tarica Pulliam’s death at the hands of an abusive ex-boyfriend and to celebrate her legacy of love and service to our community.

This award hopes to serve as a commitment to not only remember the names of those who have been lost to domestic violence; but to provide a platform to celebrate the individuals who shine a light on the issue and inspire hope in our community. 

We would like to congratulate the nominees, thank all those who took time out to submit a nomination and encourage everyone to stay tuned for individual profiles of each nominee!

Law Enforcement

Detective Gina Jones, NHC Sheriff’s Department nominated by Sergeant Amy Womble and nominated by Tania Varela, DVSS

Sergeant Kenneth McMillian, Wilmington Police Department nominated by Kellie Wade, DVSS Board Vice President

Lieutenant Todd Vernon, NHC Sheriff’s Department nominated by Bethaney Ferguson, CFCC

Detective Travis Williams, Wilmington Police Department nominated by Det. Gina Jones, NHCSD and nominated by Mandy Houvouras, DVSS

Youth/ Student

Mattie Ocker, CARE Peer Coordinator, UNCW, nominated by Ryane Miller, CARE -UNCW

Rebecca Powell, UNCW, nominated by Caitlin Annas, CARE- UNCW

Wallace Robinson, Graduate of NHHS, nominated by Andrea Stough, DVSS

Community Member / Volunteer

John Felts, Comedian, nominated by DVSS Direct Service Staff

J. Michael Hutson, DVSS Board Member/ Local Business Owner, nominated by Andrea Stough, DVSS

Dillon Silver, Court Volunteer Extraordinaire, nominated by Tania Varela, DVSS

Brian Simcox, CFCC EVOLVE Volunteer, nominated by DVSS prevention/outreach staff

Education/ Educator

Elizabeth Felts, teacher at NHHS, nominated by Andrea Stough, DVSS

Bethaney Ferguson, professor at CFCC, nominated by Tania Varela, DVSS

Rick Houston, EVOLVE Wilmington, nominated by Ben David, District Attorney

Community Service Agency

Caitlin Annas, CARE-UNCW, nominated by Jen Adler, CARE-UNCW/DVSS Board Member

Alex Hayson, The Carousel Center, nominated by DVSS Empowerment Facilitators

Marrio Jeter, Communities in Schools, nominated by DVSS prevention/outreach staff

Megan Toothman, Communities in Schools/DVSS Board Member, nominated by Andrea Stough