BANXblock and Community Foundation Announce New Grant-Making Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation and the makers of BANXblock sunscreen are delighted to announce a new charitable endowment fund that will make grants to nonprofits for outdoor recreation and environmental protection.

The newly established BANXblock Beach Fund will provide assistance to local nonprofits that help people of all ages in appreciating, discovering, and enjoying the great outdoors across the Outer Banks. The fund will also support nonprofits that protect the local environment through recycling programs, beach clean-ups, gardens, environmental education, trails and greenways, and other inclusive strategies.

Developed here on the Outer Banks, BANXblock is a new, all-natural sunscreen created by local plastic surgeon Jeff Pokorny to protect against UVA and UVB rays, while being resistant to water, sweat, and wind. The locally owned company has committed a portion of every sale of the sunscreen to the Outer Banks Community Foundation for the BANXblock Beach Fund.

“BANXblock is a doctor-developed and surfer-approved high-performance sunscreen,” said Anne Pokorny, a registered dietician and founder of BANXblock. “We use mineral-based, cruelty-free ingredients that are safe for people and safe for our oceans. We’ve steered clear of all those chemicals that harm reefs and have been linked to cancer with longtime usage.”

“The Community Foundation is so excited about this partnership with BANXblock,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “This new fund will give us dedicated grant money, for the first time, to support environmental education, beautification projects, and opportunities to get more kids and adults outside.”

“Whenever you purchase a bottle of BANXblock, you are helping to protect our beautiful Outer Banks,” said Ms. Pokorny. “A little goes a long way.”

BANXblock is available at stores throughout the area, including Made in the OBX, Secret Spot Surf Shop, Outer Banks Boarding Company, The Pit, Farm Dog Surf School, Bear Drugs, and Sunshine Pharmacy, just to name a few. Many more locations will be carrying BANXblock as we near the summer season.

For additional information about the sunscreen, visit, or contact April Peters at or 252-715-1652. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit, or contact Lorelei Costa at or 252-455-1404.


Photo Caption: Representatives from BANXblock and the Outer Banks Community Foundation celebrate the new BANXblock Beach Fund, which will support charities that get people outside and protect the local environment. Seated in the photo are the founders of BANXblock: April Peters, Anne Pokorny, and Stephanie Wills. Standing are Community Foundation representatives Lorelei Costa, Avery Harrison, and Bob Muller.