Bob Parker Memorial Fund will help special kids

A new fund has been created to honor the good works and kind spirit of a generous local man. Bob Parker, a U.S. Army veteran and general contractor, lived with his wife, Rhonda Tillett, in Kill Devil Hills. He worked hard, loved deeply, and was passionate about the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved sharing his interests with others, especially children. He also volunteered at Special Olympics events, and was devoted to the young athletes there.

Bob left this world, too soon, after fighting a long and courageous battle with illness. Rhonda wanted to ensure that the selfless acts of charity and the love for special children that Bob shared with this world during his lifetime would continue, so she created the Bob Parker Memorial Fund, a field of interest fund, that will be used to award grants “to organizations that help individuals with special needs, with preference given to Special Olympics and other programs that serve children with disabilities.”

The fund is endowed, so it will be awarding grants to charities in Bob’s name for many generations to come. You can make a donation to this fund here, and by searching in the “Other Funds” dropdown menu.

Are you interested in establishing and naming a fund to meet local needs and perpetuate a legacy of giving back to the Outer Banks? Your Community Foundation offers a variety of fund types, including scholarships, donor-advised, and field of interest, to match personal preferences in philanthropy. Find out more here, and reach out to us at 252-261-8839 if we can help you get started.