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Bring It On!
November 11th, 2017 2 PM to 10 PM
Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC 
An afternoon of dynamic, transformational, entertaining speakers and performers from 2pm to 7pm, followed by an evening reception to mingle, dine and dance. 
Buffet dinner! Open bar!

Tom Morris  - Philosopher, Corporate Advisor, and Best Selling Author

One of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present. Tom is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. Tom Morris’ work has been featured or covered by such diverse new outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel, NPR, The New York Times, USA Today to name a few. Tom holds a Ph.D. in both Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as other, honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Tom also served for fifteen years as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers, in many years having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes.

He is now Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values.  He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin, on his talk show, and on The Today Show with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Tom Morris is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere. 



Dorothy Papadakos -  Author, Compser, Lyricist & Organist

A member of the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning Paul Winter Consort. A Juilliard trained musician, composer, author & playwright, she was the first woman to be appointed Cathedral Organist at NYC’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1990-2003). She is world renowned for her annual Halloween Horror Tour of classic silent films improvised on great pipe organs. Please visit for 2017–2018 tour dates near you!

Dorothy’s stage musical BACCHUS (the first musical about wine & formerly called POMPEII) smashed historic box office records in Wilmington, NC and is now in development for a thrilling new production.  Her first novel, The Kingdom of Winter, book 1 in the 4-book series The Kingdoms of the Seasons, came out in January 2017. By June 2017, thirty STEM teachers + hundreds of students in Wake County School District, NC turned it into a science & literature curriculum for grades 6-8 across America. Sir Windham the North Wind tells the surprising story of climate change from nature’s point of view. Readers meet Aunt Arctica, the Fire Witch, Orion the Constellation and cool kids with unique science skills who restore the Four Seasons. The Kingdom of Winter is in Paperback & eBooks at Barnes & Noble and Amazon at: An avid world traveler, Papadakos has trekked the Alps, Norway’s fjords, Machu Picchu and has been diving in the Solomon & Galapagos Islands and journeyed across Europe, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, Bali and especially loves Greece. Opa! A proud New Yorker, she keeps one foot in NYC and one in Wilmington with her husband Tracy McCullen.  Visit Dorothy’s Amazon Author page at:



Tracy McCullen is a ‘Visual Artist of Outdoor Space’ with 30 years experience designing & building extraordinary gardens, pools and outdoor living spaces with unique architectural details & garden art.  A native North Carolinian, Tracy has traveled the world studying gardens, architecture and culture throughout Europe (especially England, France, Italy & Greece) and Asia (especially Japan) and South America (especially Argentina) and the Middle East (especially Israel) and throughout the United States (especially New York City, Chicago, San Francisco & Los Angeles.)  Tracy has also traveled the world for adventure, trekking in the Swiss & French Alps, Patagonian Andes & Machu Picchu, the Himalayas, New Zealand, Norway and throughout the USA (especially the Smokey Mountains & Rocky Mountains). Previous to trekking, Tracy’s early adventures included hitchhiking across the country and hoping freight trains.

On his 50th birthday, Tracy started running marathons which included New York City, Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia. His most recent races include Ironman France in Nice (2016) and the Boston Marathon (2017). In September 2017 he’s running the Jungfrau Marathon in Interlaken, Switzerland proudly representing his coach & team, Without Limits in Wilmington, NC. Other than his extensive travels, Tracy credits much of his creativity to his love of photography which has always been a great passion starting at age 15 when he built his own ‘Dark Room’ for developing black & white photos and soon became photography editor for his high school yearbook. Tracy is very passionate about live and the love of his life, his wife Dorothy Papadakos. “Dorothy’s brilliance and invincible determination inspire me every day and together we make a great creative team determined to make a powerful & positive impact on this planet!”

Tracy has served on several local boards including the Community Boys & Girls Club and the New Hanover County Arboretum. In his limited spare time, he is developing a unique edutainment experience for young adults (& the young at heart) called the Academy of Imagination. As a landscape contractor Tracy owned & operated the distinguished ‘Landscapes Unique’ for 25 years and the past 5 years has been designing and managing projects under the name of ‘Signature Gardens & Pools’. His mission statement is simply “ALL THINGS EXCEPTIONAL!”

For photos of Tracy’s innovative garden designs and pools, please visit:



James Brandon

Professional Magician, Comedian, Illusionist, Emcee and Actor

Among the most prestigious awards bestowed upon James are the Seigfried and Roy “Golden Lion Award” received in Las Vegas, the World Magic Olympics Medal won in Japan and the “Golden Mandrake”, presented in Paris.  U.S. apparances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall sparked interest from Twentieth Century Fox who hired James to direct the magic scenes for Oscar winner Joe Pesci, for the hit film, “My Cousin Vinny”.  As an actor and special effects consultant, James has worked on commercials for MTV, Panasonic, IcyHot and on the Sting video “Desert Rose”.  He starred in “Splash” at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and later began a 5 year contract at the Luxor Hotel and Casino starring in the Dick Foster production, “Imagine”.  Taking his comedy-magic show on tour, James starred in the “Basin Street Follies” at the Showboat in Atlantic City and in “Las Vegas Nights” at the Biloxi Grand Theatre.  If James’ face seems familiar, it might be due to the fact that he is currently the pitchman for “IcyHot” on their national TV commercial campaign.

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