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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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The North Carolina EastEnders fan club consists of hundreds of avid EastEnders fans from across the state. We get together several times a year to share our enthusiasm for Albert Square.

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Results of EastEnders Night at FESTIVAL - March 13, 2016

Another year, another FESTIVAL, and another chance to thank you for making EastEnders Night a rousing success! The results are in, and we are proud to announce that the grand total is . . . drum roll . . . $39,347! As you can see from the letter below, UNC-TV is delighted with our numbers, and they're already talking about next year.

Dear Linda:

We are thrilled to report that the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club helped UNC-TV raise $39,347 in pledges around EastEnders. [Note: several pledges came in just after midnight with EastEnders premiums requested, so those have also been added to your evening's total.]

"EastEnders Night" is always a fun evening for public television in North Carolina – special thanks to you & Dave for making it all happen! Many thanks, as always, to your Fan Club members for their generous donation of personal time, energy and financial support.

We look forward to hosting the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club in our studios again next year for FESTIVAL 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to call on us if we can be of any assistance to you.

Many thanks,

The Corporate Underwriting Team

Once again, NC EE fans (and our honorary out-of-state members!) gave generously and made their voices heard. And speaking of hearing voices, a big round of applause for the wonderful volunteers who answered the phones all evening and brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the studio. A few of our most steadfast volunteers had to bow out due to illness or work—we missed you, but know you'll be back!

Of course, the most noted absence of the evening was NC EE Fan Club member and on-air talent, Dr. Emilie Deluca. We received constant inquiries all evening: "Where's the doctor? I miss the doctor!" Emilie was at home, recovering from surgery, but that didn't stop her from calling in for what's become an annual tradition: The Emilie Deluca $4,000 Challenge. Our heartfelt thanks to Emilie, and to you, the fans, for responding!

EastEnders Night would not be possible without our talented team of presenters: Julia Carpenter, Claire Meyerhoff, Dave Horne, and Tom Davidson. They, more than anyone, can attest to it being a "marathon"! And thanks to Claire's enthusiastic pitching, both Claire's Cool Collection ($1,000) and the Pat Butcher set ($500) received pledges. At last, Pat's lovely blouse has found a good home.

Finally, we'd like to thank the team who has been hard at work for months on this year's new EastEnders-themed premiums (thank-you gifts): Debbie Gilbert (E20 newsletter editor), Kimmerly Payton, and Arnetta Campbell. Their creativity, dedication, and patience are unmatched.

Stay tuned for information about our next club luncheon. In the meantime, enjoy the show and know that it is here to stay on UNC-TV, thanks to you!

Dave & Linda


June 27, 2015 Meeting Recap!

Today 32 avid EastEnders fans gathered in Apex, NC, for a club luncheon. First-time venue Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery turned out to be the perfect size for our gathering, and we had a mother-daughter team serving us. They asked us afterward all about the club and EastEnders, and we think we piqued their interest enough to tune in to the show! You can view highlights of the meeting in our picture gallery.

After ordering our food, we worked on two quizzes: a VERY challenging cockney rhyming slang quiz and a Who's Who game matching actors to the characters they play. Woody Seymour won the cockney slang quiz (an impressive feat for a Sanford native, who, as far as we know, never ran an East End market stall). Frank Holland won the actor-character matching quiz, and Carolyn Graham was the winner of the raffle.

Many thanks to Julie Hughes, of the Orange County EastEnders Meetup Group, for sharing her quizzes with us. We'd also like to thank some very special club members—who prefer to remain anonymous—for donating their EE memorabilia for use as gifts at our events. Thanks also to Debbie Gilbert, editor of the E20 Chronicles newsletter, for her generous contribution of collectibles. (To subscribe to Debbie’s free EE newsletter, e-mail her at e20launderette@mac.com)

The main attraction of the meeting, of course, was our guest speaker, Julia Carpenter. Julia has long inspired our club members and viewers across the state to support EE—and have loads of fun doing it! We've been receiving questions about Julia's background and British connections for so long, that it was high time that we had a chance to talk with her at length, without the pressure and time constraints of FESTIVAL night.

Julia delighted us all with a brief biography and details about her latest work at UNC-TV. She has spent the last five years as a producer on North Carolina Weekend, and her "Collecting Carolina" segments can be viewed on the program's YouTube channel. Here are some fun facts that you may not know about Julia:

  • She first moved to the U.S. at age 18.
  • She had an early job selling Mercedes Benz cars in the Bronx—hired, most probably, for her accent!
  • She met her husband Mike on a Club Med trip to Eleuthera (Bahamas).
  • She has two children, and her daughter has a degree from the London School of Economics and lives in the UK. Julia jokes to her mother, "You lost a daughter, but gained a granddaughter!"
  • Julia served for 8 years on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

A lively Q&A session followed, and Julia made us all feel very appreciated by saying that we're the only group of our kind—that UNC-TV has never had viewers unite and form a club dedicated to supporting a program they love. We all remarked on the fact that 2016 will be our 19th year volunteering at FESTIVAL, as well as the 19th time that Julia will be pitching for us on the air. We should all start thinking of how to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2017: we know there are some very creative fan club members, so we'll be counting on you for ideas!

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces today, and a real pleasure to welcome our newcomers. We missed those who couldn't make it, but we know that summer is a difficult time to schedule events. We hope everyone can make it to our next meeting, a lunch and screening party at UNC-TV on Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Our heartfelt thanks to Julia for sharing her stories and making us smile. And thanks to all our wonderful club members for your friendship and support!


NC EastEnders Fan Club Luncheon Recap - November 9

It was a beautiful, crisp fall day when 43 eager North Carolina EastEnders fans gathered for lunch at the Golden Corral in Durham. As usual, we had a private dining room and filled it nearly to capacity. We were thrilled to see so many longtime friends, and it was also gratifying to welcome several newcomers. From what I could tell, the "newbies" fit in immediately, and the event was even more enjoyable thanks to their participation.

Naturally, the first thing on the agenda was food…and lots of it! No one leaves the Golden Corral hungry, and no one leaves it thinner than when they arrived. We're not sure if it was specifically in honor of Claire Meyerhoff or not, but the restaurant currently boasts not one, but three, "Wonderfalls": Chocolate, Sweet Caramel, and White Chocolate. The biggest wonder of all is that several diners made it through the day without a single stain on their white EastEnders tee-shirts.
Read all about it here!


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