Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

Seven Sounds Brewing Company & Kids First invites you to our Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

Friday, July 7th 5pm – 7pm
Seven Sounds Brewing Company
112 N Water St
Elizabeth City, NC

Support local restaurants and neighborhood cooks as they compete against each other for the title “BEST Mac & Cheese in NE NC”!  

Enjoy DELICIOUS Mac & Cheese, Beverages, Raffle Prizes, and Music!

We need plenty of judges to come vote on their favorite recipe!  Being a judge is completely free and open to all ticketholders.  Just show up, try all of the mac & cheese, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

5-7pm:  Mac & Cheese Tasting & Voting (until samples run out)

7pm:  Voting ends so we can tally the scores

7:15pm:  Winners of People’s Choice, Judges’ Choice, and Raffle Prizes announced

7:30pm:  Enjoy the evening with Seven Sounds Brewing Company ;0)

Tickets: $30 (covers sample from each of our participates & one complimentary drink)
Raffle Tickets:
$2 each

All proceeds go towards supporting the children Kids First serves by giving them the space to tell their story one time, to caring staff who will believe and support them and guide them towards the help they need.

Interested in sharing YOUR special Mac & Cheese recipe?  Contact Denise at to learn how you can be a part of our event.

Let’s Hide in Plain Sight – No Show Family Picnic

Your ABSENCE is requested at Kids First Let’s Hide in Plain Sight – No Show Family Picnic!

Rather than going to another event, help support Kids First’s mission of providing Help, Healing, and Hope to the children of Northeastern NC by participating in our Hide in Plain Sight Spring Picnic.

RSVP today!

This gathering will never take place, and you don’t have to give up a precious evening or weekend to attend one more event. That being said, WE NEED YOUR HELP, just not in person… so stay home, hang out in your backyard, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Below is a list of items that NOT asking you to bring to the picnic.  Instead, see what you CAN contribute to Kids First instead.

  • Paper Plates & Cups – $5
  • Chips & Dip – $10
  • Sodas – $15
  • Buns for Hamburgers & Hot Dogs – $20
  • Condiments – $20
  • Salad Fixings – $25
  • Hamburgers & Hot Dogs – $40
  • Corn on the Cob – $30
  • Barbequed Ribs – $60
  • Ribeye Steaks – $75
  • Ice Cream – $50
  • Cupcakes – $75

For Kids First, it means that we don’t have to find a venue, vendors, organize a raffle, or plan a program for a one-day event. Instead, we can continue focusing on providing Hope, Healing, and Help to the children we see.

Kids First’s goal is to raise $36,000 for Child Abuse Prevention month. Your membership and additional support are vital. Grants fund specific projects, but gifts from members like you cover Kids First’s day-to-day operations.

For questions, contact Denise Perry at 252-338-5658.

Darkness to Light

Virtual Event via Zoom
Dates: Jan. 25th, Feb. 10th, Mar. 6th, Apr. 7th, Apr. 12th, Apr. 25th, May 1st, Jun. 1st

Learn how you can make a difference with an evidence-informed, proactive approach to child abuse prevention featuring a combination of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance.  

About Darkness to Light

We believe that learning the facts about child sexual abuse helps prevent it.  Talking about it helps prevent it.  Getting involved helps prevent it.  The truth is, if child abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped.  That’s why D2L exists – to help individuals, organizations, and communities work together to end child sexual abuse.


Register here for your complimentary ticket.

12th Annual Turkey Trot 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

Celebrating the 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run and Family Fun Run to benefit Kids First, Inc. Child Abuse and Treatment Center.  Kids First, Inc. serves seven local counties, providing trauma treatment and services to children and their families.  Come join the fun and tradition of giving back this holiday season, all while working off the turkey and pumpkin pie!  

What’s New This Year?

Team Registration!  Grab a couple of family members, friends, even co-workers and come run together!  Register as team and win as a team!

We look forward to seeing you and your families there!  Pets are always welcome!

Saturday November 25th, 2023
Waterfront Park, Elizabeth City


5k Registration – 8am to 8:45am
5k Start Time – 9am
1 Mile Family Fun Run Start Time – 10am

Registration Fees:

5K Run:

  • Spring Pricing:  $30 (before June 21st)
  • Early Bird Pricing:  $35.00 (before October 31st)
  • After October 31st:  $40

**Swag Bags only guaranteed to participants who register before October 31st.

1 Mile Family Fun Run

  • Spring Pricing: $15 (before June 21st)
  • Early Bird Pricing:  $20 (before October 31st)
  • After October 31st:  $25

Online registration ends Nov 25th, 2023.

Interested in being a part of this event, as a sponsor or volunteer?  Contact Denise Perry at 252-338-5658 to learn more about how you can support our mission.