On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence claimed the business, home, and every possession of Sharon and Captain David Luther.  The Luthers' are owners of The Belle of Topsail, a tour boat on Topsail Island, located just thirty (30) miles north of Wilmington, NC.  And, docked next to this famous vessel is the Rejoice, the craft they called home. The Luther's evacuated the island taking only their pets: 2 parrots, Ajax & Caribbean, their service dog, Walter, and a few personal items.  They have lost virtually everything. As a lifelong friend of Sharon's from Maryland, I am asking all of you to please take a moment to read their story, and; if you possibly can, help them rebuild their lives by donating.


Sharon and Captain David Luther launched their dream business in 2008, The Belle of Topsail ("The Belle").  The Belle, a 55-foot replica of an 1880's turn of the century riverboat, cruised the scenic waters of the North Carolina Intracoastal Waterway.  Accommodating up to 49 passengers, she offered picturesque views, casual dining, gorgeous sunsets, dolphin sightings, and a unique venue for weddings and anniversaries. The Belle was not only familiar in the annual Christmas Floatilla and Thanksgiving Day dinner cruise, but offered creative and original events such as "Dead Man Floating" Halloween cruises, "Yappy Hour" cruises for patrons and their dogs, and the memorable pirate cruises just to name a few.  Hydro bikes were recently added to their list of friendly adventures to help boost revenues. The Belle also had the distinction of being rated the number one attraction on Topsail Island.  

In recent years, David's health had started to decline, leading to the difficult and painful decision to sell the business and retire, taking both him and The Belle out of commission.  The Luther's were preparing The Belle and the business for sale so they could use the proceeds for retirement. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence has taken this away along with everything else. Sharon and David, who was recently released from the hospital, are now temporarily living with a friend near Raleigh, NC.  

Please help this wonderful couple get their life and dreams back. Just click on the DONATE button and follow the instructions.  I will personally ensure that any withdraws are spent appropriately, including for David's rising medical expenses. Thank you!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Laurie Baker Zissimos 
Maryland, MD
Sharon Luther