$1,000 Scholarship Won by Sydney Guns at After Prom OBX

First Flight High School Senior Sydney Guns with Liberty Christian Fellowship Youth Ministries Assistant Josh Heuneman at After Prom.

Hundreds of Dare County high school students spent 2022 after-prom hours at the Outer Banks Family YMCA on April 2-3. Food, games, activities, and chances to win fantastic prizes created a safe, friendly, and memorable After Prom experience for students and peace of mind for their parents. Your Community Foundation has long supported After Prom, along with many other local businesses and contributors. This year, we were pleased to add a college scholarship to the long list of event prizes students could win. First Flight High School senior Sydney Guns walked away with a $1,000 scholarship to help her with her studies at Elon University, where she plans to learn much more about music and theater performance.

Established in 2017, the OBX Scholars Fund is the Community Foundation’s broadest scholarship program, helping deserving Dare County and Ocracoke students of all backgrounds, interests, and academic goals attend the colleges of their dreams. The OBX Scholar’s Fund will continue to support an annual, one-time scholarship award at After Prom. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, go to https://obcf.org/donate-now/ and search “OBX Scholars” from the “other funds” drop-down menu.

Chamber of Commerce Develops Tomorrow’s Leaders

Pictured are (L-R:) Laurel Anne Hart, First Bank; Myra Ladd-Bone, Atlantic Realty; Nandy Stuart, Outer Banks Community Foundation, and Larry Warner, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce have a long history of working together, including many grants over the years for its Leadership OBX program.

Leadership OBX is a professional development program of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. Established in 2014, it annually creates a cohort of business professionals and arms them with a greater understanding of the Outer Banks region through regular, in-depth educational programs on economy, industry, government, and more. Each year’s class develops into a network of individuals ready to serve on nonprofit boards and take on other leadership roles in the region.

Community Foundation staff and board extend heartfelt congratulations to the 2021-2022 Leadership OBX graduating class, including our own Nandy Stuart, who was recently honored with the “Person Most Likely to Save the Outer Banks” award by her peers. We’re thrilled to join with the Chamber in recognizing and mentoring tomorrow’s local leaders. We know you’ll accomplish much!

Regan Parker from Currituck High School Awarded Renewable Scholarship

Regan Parker, a senior at Currituck High School, has been awarded a renewable $1,000 scholarship from Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Lucian Griffin Scholarship Fund, one of more than sixty scholarship funds at the Community Foundation, sponsored this award.

The Lucian Griffin Scholarship was established in 2002 by Robert and Kelly Griffin in memory of Lucian Griffin, the former math teacher, basketball coach, and athletic director at Currituck County High School. This merit-based scholarship is available each year to graduating seniors from Currituck County who have taken or are taking a calculus-level math course. The scholarship is renewable, with a potential total award of $4,000 over four years.

Regan plans to major in Physics, with a minor in Astronomy or Astrophysics, at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall.

Over half of the more than sixty scholarship funds at the Community Foundation have been established in memory of exceptional people. Scholarships will be awarded from these funds to deserving high school seniors and other college-bound students for generations to come. If you’ve dreamed of creating a scholarship fund and want to know more, call us at 252-261-8839 to get started.

OBX GO FAR’s Miles 5k Cupcake Fun Run is May 14

Congratulations to OBX GO FAR!

After two challenging years of working to keep their youth fitness program operating through the pandemic, the OBX GO FAR 2022 season begins with the return of the Cupcake 5K on Saturday, May 14 in Manteo. Outer Banks Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to OBX GO FAR to support their outreach efforts to diverse, vulnerable, and underserved families for inclusion in their program.

OBX GO FAR Executive Director Samantha Lock recently shared this message with us:

“Join us in Downtown Manteo tomorrow to kick off the beginning of the 2022 Manteo Farmers Market with a truly grateful run for the entire family! This spring we will bring back a fantastic event created by former GO FAR coach Shane Miles. Shane served faithfully as one of the start-up GO FAR coaches when the program had just begun in the Outer Banks, and continued to volunteer over the years. OBX GO FAR was proud to name its Miles College Education Fund in honor of Shane Miles. We sadly lost Shane to cancer a couple of years ago and we are honored to bring back this awesome event in his name, the Miles Cupcake 5K and Fun Run! The proceeds from this event will support Outer Banks Relief Foundation and OBX GO FAR’s children’s program.  This event is all about second chances and celebrating personal victories! We will have special dedication tags in HONOR or in MEMORY of loved ones or friends that you can wear during your run.”

“Your support will not only benefit the youth of Dare County from Hatteras Island to Duck, it will also help families on the OBX who are fighting cancer. If you cannot join us in person, we have a virtual 5K option for those who would like to support Shane’s mission & OBX GO FAR from afar! Join local Dare County GO FAR youth in our Miles Cupcake 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run presented by Kellogg Supply Company and Outer Banks Community Foundation on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 8 AM. We have a festive start and finish in downtown Manteo at Magnolia Pavilion with sparkling medals for every finisher and of course cupcakes!  And once the run is over you can check out the opening day of the Manteo Downtown Market!”

“Paint Experiences” at Kellogg Supply Benefits Community Fund

Kellogg Supply has a mission to help the community build, grow, live, and prosper. Throughout the first quarter of 2022, Kellogg Supply hosted six community painting events at their full-service Benjamin Moore Paint Centers, located in Kill Devil Hills, Duck and Edenton. These events centered around community engagement, generosity, and painting fun. The resulting charitable gift was a collective contribution from loyal customers, friends, and community members who participated in these “Paint Experiences.” Kellogg Supply matched event proceeds and delivered a check for $1,500 to the Outer Banks Community Foundation on May 3rd 2022.

Kellogg Supply plans to host a variety of community events throughout the rest of the year. Follow them on Facebook, or join their loyalty program for information on upcoming events. Visit them online at kelloggsupplyco.com.

Pictured left to right are Chris O’Neil, Gene Faison, Steve Garza, Trent Jones, Amy Smith, (Kellogg Supply), Chris Sawin (Outer Banks Community Foundation), Clayton Braddy, and Becca Tillett (Kellogg Supply)

First Flight High School Seniors Awarded $38,900 in Scholarships

Eight First Flight High School seniors will be heading off to their first year of college in the fall with support from local fund establishers and donors.

Eighteen 2022 scholarship awards for these eight students total $38,900. Nine of the 18 scholarships are renewable, making the potential total investment for these students $122,900 over the next four years.

2022 First Flight High School scholarship recipients are:


Chloe Clark
$2,500/$1000 renewable

  • Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship
  • Dare County Association of Fire Officers Scholarship

Versailles D’Alessio
$8,000/$6,000 renewable

  • Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship
  • Rex Sample Scholarship for Courage and Determination
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Kayla Hallac
$1,500/renewable

  • Courtney M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship

Kate Hamilton
$4,500/$3,500 renewable

  • Barbara Barnes Sherman Scholarship
  • John T. Daniels, Lois Pearce Smith, & J. Bryan Smith Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Maggie McNinch
$8,900/$6,000 renewable

  • Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship
  • Robert E. Rollason, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Mya Salch
$9,000/$6,500 renewable

  • Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship
  • Osborne Scholarship
  • Wallace H. McCown Memorial Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Maggie Sherman
$1,000

  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Loxley Wayland
$3,500/$3,500 renewable

  • Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship


The awards were presented at First Flight High School’s Awards Night on April 26. Congratulations to these students, and plenty of thanks and appreciation to scholarship fund establishers and donors to funds for local scholarships. Anyone can contribute to an existing scholarship fund or establish a new scholarship fund. Online donations can be made at www.obcf.org-donate, and scrolling through the list of funds. If you’ve dreamed of creating a fund and want to know more, call us at 252-261-8839 to get started.

Manteo High School Seniors Awarded $19,400 in Scholarships

Six Manteo High School seniors will be heading off to their first year of college in the fall with support from local fund establishers and donors.

The ten 2022 scholarships awarded to these six Manteo High School seniors totals $19,400. Four of the ten awards are renewable, making the potential total investment for these students $52,400 over four years.

2022 Manteo High School scholarship recipients are:

Ana Karen Alvarez-Isidoro
$10,000/$9,000 renewable

  • Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship
  • OBX Scholars Program Award
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Ivy Cage
$1,000

  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Jordan Holcomb
$2,000/renewable

  • Catherine Carrington Clawson Scholarship

Grayson Lewis
$2,300

  • Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Morgann Owens
$2,500

  • Dare County Association of Fire Officers Scholarship
  • Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship

Hart Vandzura
$1,600

  • Frank M. Cahoon Scholarship


The awards were presented at Manteo High School’s Awards Night on April 25. Congratulations to these students, and plenty of thanks and appreciation to scholarship fund establishers and donors to funds for local scholarships. Anyone can contribute to an existing scholarship fund or establish a new scholarship fund. Online donations can be made at www.obcf.org-donate, and scrolling through the list of funds. If you’ve dreamed of creating a fund and want to know more, call us at 252-261-8839 to get started.

Celebrating Exceptional Dare County Volunteers

We’re so inspired by the selfless acts of these exemplary volunteers, who are recent recipients of the N.C. Governor’s Volunteer Service Award:

Dennis Carroll, president, Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men

Nancy Caviness, firefighter, Duck Volunteer Fire Department and director, Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot

Phil Daniels, animal care volunteer, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Andy Hatzigeorgiou, coach, Dare County Parks and Recreation Department

Kathy Hershey and R.J. Mills, mentors, Dare County Friends of Youth

Rendy King, Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church Care Ministry

Linda Palombo, board chair, Interfaith Community Outreach

Jay Phillips, head, Hatteras Sailing Organization

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award is given each year to recognize volunteers for their steadfast dedication and generous gifts of time and talent to the causes they care so much about.

You can read their inspiring stories here. They are amazing individuals, and all deserve this recognition and our sincere thanks.

 

We’re very happy to acknowledge our long-term relationships with several of the groups behind these volunteers:

Interfaith Community Outreach ($1.6 million has been granted to ICO through the Community Foundation to date, and they are one of three Disaster Relief Trusted Partners)

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men ($1.5 million has been granted to C.H.U.M.M. through the Community Foundation to date, and they are one of three Disaster Relief Trusted Partners)

Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund, which has distributed nearly $50,000 in grants through the Community Foundation, and will continue generating grants for public health for generations to come

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island ($30,000 in grants has been awarded through the Community Foundation to date.

 

You can make a gift to the community in honor of any one of these generous individuals by going to obcf.org/donate-now/, selecting “yes” for the honor/memory option, and typing in the individual’s name to be honored. Interfaith Community Outreach has a fund that can be contributed to, as does the Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot–find them by searching by name on the drop-down “funds” list. The Community Fund and the Disaster Relief Fund also are great options for gifts in honor of someone. Your gift will do a world of good, and will provide extra recognition for these deserving folks. Thank you!

Annual Advice 5K Fund Establisher Nancy Caviness earns NC Governor’s Service Award

The Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot Fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation provides significant support for many of the organization’s health and human service grant awards each year. Fund establisher Nancy Caviness has worked diligently for nearly a decade to raise money for this fund, donating proceeds raised through an annual event to support local health and human service projects.

She created and has served as race director of the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot race, held historically on Thanksgiving Day in Duck since 1996. This story highlights Caviness’ extraordinary contributions to her community, of which the Turkey Trot Fund plays a part.

Nancy Caviness has been awarded a 2022 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service award for her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot. Caviness was nominated for the award by Town of Duck Mayor Don Kingston.

Nancy has been a member of the Duck Volunteer Fire Department for over 22 years, and each year she averages over 100 hours in training and over 200 hours in call response. Early in her tenure, she saw the need for firefighter hydration and nutrition on long incidents and in warm environments. She was part of the team that started Rehab 11, which provided hydration and initial vital signs and symptom monitoring on major emergency calls. Soon Caviness discovered she could provide more help and trained to assist on emergency incidents beyond rehab and advanced to support lieutenant. Her skills include exterior firefighting, extrication, traffic control and assistance to the incident commander on high-acuity incidents.

“Over the years, she has become a highly respected and invaluable member of the firefighting and public safety community,” Kingston wrote in his nominator form. “With an educational background in public health, her passion for the health and safety of first responders and the public runs deep.”

Caviness founded the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot in 1996 and has served as its race director since its inception. Funds raised in the early years of the race were donated to a wide range of nonprofits on the Outer Banks, and in 2013, a permanent endowment was established with the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) with the purpose of supporting and improving the public health of the Outer Banks.

“For the 25th anniversary race she set the significant fundraising goal of $25,000 for the endowment. Through her hard work and determination that goal was exceeded and $33,000 was raised,” wrote Kingston. “To date, the Advice 5K Turkey Trot has raised and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Outer Banks community. Nancy’s outstanding leadership, management and organizational skills provide the basis for each successful race event. On average, she spends over 500 hours a year, approximately 10 hours a week, on race planning.”

Kingston also noted in his nomination form that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caviness had to make changes to the 2021 event in order to ensure participant and volunteer health and safety, which added many additional hours to the preparation process. “The extra hours were taken on with grace and selflessness,” he wrote.

The nonprofit organizations and health initiatives that the endowment has assisted through the Community Foundation’s grants programs over the years include Outer Banks Hotline, the Community Care Clinic of Dare, Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, NC MedAssist, Food For Thought Outer Banks, and the Outer Banks Family YMCA.

In addition to raising funds, Caviness also served on the Community Foundation’s board from 2017 to 2022. During her final term as board member, she served as Scholarship Committee Chair, a leadership role that involved dozens of hours and the management of volunteer committees whose purpose was to select scholarship recipients from all area schools.

Lorelei Costa Morrow, former executive director of the OBCF, is complimentary of the thoughtfulness and care with which Caviness took in setting up the endowment. She wanted a fund that would continue growing even if the race no longer takes place, and that would continue to benefit the community for generations to come. According to Morrow, “She would read hundreds of scholarship applications. She was always mindful of students who would not necessarily have had other funding opportunities for school. She wanted to make sure those students that might be overlooked had a chance.”

In addition to her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department and the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot, Caviness has also served the Outer Banks community in multiple capacities since relocating to the area in 1995, as she formerly served on the Dare County Tourism Board and as the Town of Duck’s liaison to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

“Nancy has and continues to serve both the Town of Duck and the Outer Banks community as a dedicated and caring individual,” Kingston stated in his nomination form. “Her selflessness is reflected in all that she does. Her community service roots run deep, and she is a true champion of this community.”

2021 Annual Report is Now Online

The 2021 Annual Report can be found in its entirety here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maureen Welch and her granddaughter Elyot Lowdermilk celebrate a sunset on Run Hill for our cover, as does Katy Spore’s artistic rendition of our Southern Shores flat top cottage, for our 40th anniversary.