Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday

Unite Today For A Common Purpose: To Celebrate & Encourage Giving.

#GivingTuesday is a global movement that brings people & organizations together to give back.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

To donate to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc.:

  • via our website, please click HERE.
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11th annual TowneBank OBX Marathon $ Southern Fried Half Marathon highlighted 3-day event enjoyed by participants from 47 states and 10 countries!

Planned by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the marathon is one of four annual fundraising events supporting economic development during the shoulder seasons while benefiting the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Friday, Nov. 11 began with the Runners Expo at the Dare County Youth Center. In addition to runner packet pick-up and race information, race gear, food, shoes, apparel, art and massages were available and open to the public Friday and all day Saturday.

The Marathon course highlights the Outer Banks. The route passes the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, a maritime forest in Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge, the highest sand dune on the East Coast and a sweeping view of the sound and Pirates Cove Marina as runners crosse over the Washington-Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island.

Runners were cheered throughout the day by hundreds of enthusiastic Outer Banks residents and volunteers.

Marathon Weekend at a glance
61 percent female runners
47 states represented
10 countries represented

Marathon winners
Blair Teal, 30, Charlotte – Time: 2:22:03
Svetlana Pretot, 45, France – Time: 2:53:3

Half Marathon winners
Julius Kogo, 31, Kenya, – Time 1:04:05
Susan Jerotich, 28, Kenya – Time: 1:13:14

Local Marathon winners
Matt Earman, 23, Nags Head – Time: 2:45:27
Jessica Jennings, 33, Kitty Hawk – Time: 3:22:00

Local Half Marathon winners
Barrett Crook, Age 46, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina – Time: 1:34:38
Meredith Foreman, Age 33, Nags Head, North Carolina – Time: 1:45:46

The Saturday events, sponsored by Surf Pediatrics & Medicine, featured the 8K, 5K, Fun Run and Diaper Dash.

Registrations for the 5K were just at 800 and the 8K had over 400 registered runners. Throughout the day was the the Family Fun Festival with kid-friendly games, bouncy houses, the Kitty Hawk Kites climbing wall, a kid-sized obstacle course, food and the Surf Peds Mascot Marlin.

The Southern Fried Half Marathon began at 7 a.m. in Nags Head with about 2,000 runners. Meanwhile, at the TowneBank Marathon Start, the gun sounded at 7:20 a.m. with about 700 runners. Sunday also included the Southern 6 fun run, with about 200 “running to the party” at the finish in downtown Manteo.

A post-race block party in downtown Manteo completed the weekend after Sunday’s races. OBSE offered a hearty thank you to event sponsors, local town and government agencies, organizers and volunteers.

All net proceeds of Outer Banks Sporting Events events go to the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.


Rooster’s Southern Kitchen hosting Bourbon Tasting to Benefit OBRF


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Foundation, Runners Team Up for Sandbar 5K to Help Locals with Medical Challenges

When a Dare County resident with Lou Gehrig’s disease needed financial assistance, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation was able to help. The foundation relies on income from events like the Sandbar 5K to provide assistance to those who live and work on the Outer Banks and are facing financial challenges due to illness.

The 2016 Sandbar 5K on Sunday, August 7th brought together visitors and locals in support of this mission.

Thanks to the registration fees of the nearly 300 participants and the donations of major sponsors Beach Realty & Construction, Dirty Dicks Crab House, Southern Bank and Sugar Creek Soundfront Restaurant the Sandbar 5K raised almost $8,000 for the work of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Promotional products and services were donated by Charter Media, GCP design + marketing, Identify Yourself, Island Xpertees, Max Media and Silicon Travel Vacation Attendant.

After an amazing a cappella rendition of the national anthem by JP O’Donnell, the race kicked off in front of the Kitty Hawk bathhouse on the beach at milepost 4.5.

Ryan Carroll of Portsmouth, Virginia finished the 5K loop first with a time of 17:37, beating last year’s fastest time by more than two minutes.

Brittany Ostlund of Kill Devil Hills was the fastest female at the race, finishing in 21:29.

It was a locals’ sweep for the women with Jessica Witten of Kill Devil Hills taking second and Sara Edwards of Kitty Hawk placing third. Edwards and Witten swapped places from last year when Sara was second and Jessica was third.

For the men, Drew Davey of Edenton and Howie Hodapp of Virginia Beach came in second and third respectively.

These top male and female racers received a package of gift certificates from local sponsors the Bad Bean Baja Grill, Colington Café, Flying Fish Café, Mama Kwan’s Outer Banks Grill and Tiki Bar, Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar and Southern Shores Pizza & Deli, with overall winners Carroll and Ostlund also receiving hotel stays donated by Days Inn Oceanfront Kill Devil Hills, Hilton Garden Inn and Tranquil House Inn.

With the help of emcee Jody O’Donnell of Beach 104, racers were chosen at random to receive gift certificates from the above restaurant sponsors as well as fishing rods and reels from Bob’s Bait & Tackle and Cahoon’s Cottages & Market. Everyone was a winner at the race after-party featuring Shock Top Belgian Wheat.

Additional underwriters of the event were the Bad Bean Baja Grill, Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists, Dr. William Downing DDS, John Gillam Co Ltd, RPC Contracting, Inc, Sentara Kitty Hawk, Sharp, Michael, Graham & Baker LLC and Outer Banks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

“Race day is really a community celebration,” said Relief Foundation interim executive director Deb MacDonald. “We celebrate our sponsors for making the fundraising event possible. We celebrate the dedicated volunteers who keep everything moving smoothly. And we celebrate the runners and walkers who come out to share their enthusiasm and some of their financial resources with us. It is all done for the love of the Outer Banks community.”

The Outer Banks Sports Club hosted bib pick-up, Outer Banks Sporting Events lent equipment for the race, The Outer Banks Hospital staffed a medical tent, and advertising help came from Home Tour Magazine of the Outer Banks.

Harris Teeter in Kill Devil Hills supplied the water, kept cool by ice from Willie R Etheridge Seafood Co. Cole Yeatts and Kitty Hawk Ocean Rescue were on-hand for race course set-up and runner safety.

New this year, all entrants earned wood and sea glass medals designed by local artist Jennifer Spore of ThisWillBeColorful. The medals were assembled with sea glass and expertise donated by Cloud Nine in Nags Head.

Since the founding of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation in 2005, 709 financial gifts have been given to people living and working on the Outer Banks and facing financial strain due to illness or tragedy. These gifts total almost $1.4 million.

If you or someone you know needs financial assistance because of a disease or illness, please call the Outer Banks Relief Foundation at 252-261-2004.



Black Pelican donates the proceeds from 9th Annual Paul Shaver Memorial Golf Tourney to OBRF

Photo Caption (L to R): Outer Banks Relief Foundation Acting Executive Director Deb MacDonald accepts a check from Summer Copeland, General Manager of Black Pelican.

Outer Banks, NC –  The Black Pelican Oceanfront Café in Kitty Hawk has long been a generous supporter of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and continued their commitment to the Relief Foundation recently with a donation of the proceeds totaling $4,281.57 from the 9th Annual Paul Shaver Memorial Golf Tournament. Black Pelican has donated over $55,000 to the Foundation over the years from this annual event.

Held on November 2, 2015, the Paul Shaver Memorial Golf Tournament took place at the Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk. The tournament is one of the most popular events on the Outer Banks each year. Black Pelican is committed to giving back to our community and ensures that all proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations located in Dare County. “It’s an amazing day of golfing, drinks, food, giveaways and raffles to benefit the local OBX community,” said Summer Copeland, General Manager of Black Pelican, “and we are so thankful to the local businesses and golfers who helped make the golf tournament a big success!” Certainly it has everything to do with the many people who remember fondly the man behind Black Pelican and in whose memory the tournament is held. Paul would certainly be proud of his legacy being carried on in such a giving and impacting way. An avid pilot, he regularly and often flew young burn victims and their families for the Shriners, and together with long-time friend Rex Peters, flew relief missions for Hurricane Katrina victims. The next tournament is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2016.

About the Outer Banks Relief Foundation

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in late 2005. Their mission is to assist citizens in our Outer Banks community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or illness, or a personal tragedy to themselves and/or their families. Since January, 2006 the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has distributed over $1,380,000 in financial assistance to over 620 applicants who are struggling due to no fault of their own. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Black Pelican Oceanfront Café

The Black Pelican originally served as historic Lifesaving Station # 6 which was constructed in 1874. Station #6 and its crew served to provide aid for boats and their crews that were stranded along the oceanfront. The building also served as an active weather bureau. The Wright Brothers used information garnered by the weather bureau to plan their experimental flights. In 1903, after their successful First Flight, the Wright Brothers sent the telegraph announcement from Station # 6. In 1993, Station #6 began its new life as the Black Pelican. It’s owner, Paul Shaver, loved travel and adventure. After a trip Paul would come back with new food ideas he was eager to incorporate into the Black Pelican’s menu. Paul passed away unexpectedly in 2006. His passions for fun and good food are their inspiration. For more information, please visit

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15th Annual Beach Run for a Cause is on Sunday, August 7th!

Join the tradition, run for a cause,

and compete to win a two-night Outer Banks vacation!

July 21, 2016, KITTY HAWK — Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a casual jogger, the Sandbar 5K encourages you to enjoy a morning beach run on Sunday, August 7 at 7:30 to support those in need in our community through the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Participants will be competing to win prizes unheard of in the running world today. The top male and female to cross the finish line will receive weekend hotel accommodations from local sponsors Hilton Garden Inn, Days Inn Wright Brothers and the Tranquil House Inn,  along with a very generous goodie bag. If you are not competitive, there will be a raffle at the end of the race where you could win prizes like fishing poles, apparel and gift certificates.  This fundraising race is made possible by our corporate sponsors Beach Realty & Construction, Charter TV, Dirty Dicks Crab House, Dock of the Bay Marina, GCP design & marketing, IDentify Yourself, Island Xpertees, Max Media, Silicon Travel Vacation Attendant, Southern Bank and Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant.

While the location of the race has remained the same, on the beach across from the Black Pelican, the Sandbar 5k has transformed quite a bit over the past fifteen years. It actually started out as the Outer Banks’ first biathlon of beach running and swimming with about thirty-five participants. As the race grew, and the weather changed each year, the swimming portion was dropped for liability reasons. Not to mention, 3.1 miles seems like enough sand running for just about anyone.

Through the years, the race has transformed into a tradition for vacationers and locals alike. “It’s so cool to see some of the same families come back year after year to be a part of the Sandbar and help us raise funds. The race feels like a big celebration” says race director Patty McKenna, “I hope to see more families and young adults join the tradition.”

In the final countdown until race day, now is time to register. Go to or the Outer Banks Relief Foundation website to sign up, pay your $35 regisration fee and enter your bib number for a chance to win some great prizes. Information about packet pickup and race day details will be included in your registration email, on Facebook @ Sandbar 5k, and at the Outer Banks Relief Foundation website.

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation was founded in 2004 to assist people who live and work in our community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or a personal tragedy.  $1.3 million dollars have been raised and distributed locally in the 11 years the Relief Foundation has been around. Our doors are open year-round for people to come in and apply for assistance. Call the Outer Banks Relief Foundation at 252-261-2004.


Contact:  Patty McKenna,, 252-255-8097


OBX Jersey Mike’s Subs Raises Funds for OBRF in 6th Annual “Month of Giving” Campaign!

Photo Caption: Members of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc. (OBRF) met with representatives of Jersey Mike’s Subs in Nags Head to be presented with a check for $5,304 that was raised during the 6th Annual “Month of Giving” campaign that took place in March of this year. On hand for the check presentation were (LtoR) Kelly Hayman (Co-owner/Franchisee), Todd Hayman (General Manager), Shaun Hayman (Co-owner/Franchisee), Deb MacDonald (Acting Executive Director of the OBRF), and Ervin Bateman (Co-founder & Board member of the OBRF). (Not pictured, Co-owner/Franchisee Lynwood Evans.)

The Outer Banks location of Jersey Mike’s Subs that is located at 2424 South Croatan Highway in Nags Head (252.441.1956) chose the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc. as its 2016 fundraising charity partner. During the month of March, customers could make a donation to the Relief Foundation. The campaign culminated in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 30, when the restaurant donated 100 percent of the day’s sales – every single dollar that came in – to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc.

The campaign is a nationwide fundraiser with more than $4 million raised in 2016 for 180 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. Jersey Mike’s raised $3.4 million of the total on one day — March 30, Day of Giving — when 100 percent of sales nationwide went to the charity partners. For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving, please visit:

About the Outer Banks Relief Foundation

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in late 2005. Their mission is to assist citizens in our Outer Banks community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or illness, or a personal tragedy to themselves and/or their families. Since January, 2006 the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has distributed over $1,380,000 in financial assistance to over 620 applicants who are struggling due to no fault of their own. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Jersey Mike’s Subs

Jersey Mike’s, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide, believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Jersey Mike’s offers A Sub Above®, serving authentic fresh sliced subs on freshly baked bread – the same recipe it started with in 1956 – and is passionate about giving back to its local communities. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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15th Annual Sandbar 5K Only a Month Away!

The 15th Annual Sandbar 5k

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 – 7:30 am Start Time
Kitty Hawk, NC / Beach Access Milepost 4.5

Have fun and raise funds!

The Sandbar 5K is set on the sands in front of the historic “Old Station” public bath house in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This charity race is a benefit for The Outer Banks Relief Foundation which raises funds to help people on the Outer Banks with debilitating diseases and families in crisis.

The race starts on the beach at the MP 4.5 lifeguard tower and runs north and then south back to the start/finish line.

In addition to getting that warm, fuzzy feeling from helping others, registrants receive
● a tech shirt at bib pick-up
● a unique sea glass medal after the race
● an iced towel + post-race refreshments at the finish line

**Top-3 overall male and female winners receive weekend vacation packages**

Entry Fee:
$35 per registrant ($30 before July 1st). Discounts for online team registration.

Bib Pickup:
Pre-race bib pick up will be available at the Outer Banks Sports Club (located on the bypass at MP 10.5 in Nags Head) on Saturday, August 6th between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Bib pick up is also available on race day beginning at 6:30 am at the race site.

Discounted pricing for teams:
● Teams of 4 $90 or $22.50 per person
● Teams of 8 $170 or $21.25 per person
● Teams of 12 $240 or $20 per person

After Party:
Post race festivities include bagels and fruit. Beer for the over 21 runners. Music & Live Remote Broadcast by Beach 104.

Random things to note:
● You may get wet
● Most athletes wear shoes, but many do not
● In case of lightning the race could be delayed or rescheduled

For additional information, please email us.

Thank you for partnering with us in providing financial support for our neighbors in need!


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Storm the Beach 2015

Get Ready to STORM the BEACH on June 12th, 2016!

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Run  – Crawl – Jump – Carry – Endure


Organized and hosted by Outer Banks Sporting Events, Storm the Beach is a full-fledged obstacle course and adventure race held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina ocean front beaches. Storm the Beach is not your typical run and grab a medal at the finish type of obstacle race. Athletes of all abilities crawl, climb, conquer obstacles such as Swamp Scum and Sandfiddler Crawl.

See the list of obstacles!

Where:   Jennettes’ Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.
When:    June 12, 2016     Watch the Video Below!
Google Map:   of the event site.

  • Event shirt
  • Beach themed Medals
  • SWAG!
  • Costumes Welcome!
  • Teams and Individual registrations available
  • Post Race Beach Party
  • Stay for the Raffle!

Storm the Beach 2015 Video is here!

For more information and to register go to the Outer Banks Sporting Events site, Storm the Beach!

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TowneBank is the Title Sponsor of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation’s 6th Annual Couture by the Shore

Photo: Taylor Sugg, TowneBank President, presents a $10,000 check to Outer Banks Relief Foundation.  Left to Right is Millie Ward, Event Chair, Relief Foundation Co-Founder and Board Member and Taylor Sugg, President, Southern Shores.

TowneBank is pleased to once again announce its title sponsorship of the 6th  Annual Couture by the Shore, a fun, festive annual Spring event where fashion and fundraising unite to help the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. This year’s theme is “Nashville to Nags Head” and will feature a cool country catwalk with local models showcasing designs from 12 participating local OBX boutiques and a special appearance from our one and only Patsy Cline! Performance is courtesy of the Elizabeth R & Company Production of “A Portrait of Patsy Cline.”

“We are honored by TowneBank’s generosity and renewed commitment to once again be a part of this annual event where locals and visitors can come together for a fun-filled afternoon and raise money for those in need in our community,” says Millie Ward, Relief Foundation co-founder and event chair. “The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is currently in a position in which the need in the community is greater than the funds available so it is especially critical this year to raise money.”

Couture by the Shore is being held this year on May 7, 2016, from 11am – 3pm at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern in Nags Head.  The event ticket includes a delicious luncheon catered by Kelly’s, adult beverages, the best silent auction on the beach, an OBX Vacation raffle and of course the main event, the fashion show. Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase at the 12 participating retailers: All Ducked Out, Birthday Suits, Foxy Flamingo, The French Door, Gray’s Sportswear, Honey & Hive Boutique, Life’s a Beach, Sleeping In, Ltd., The Sun Shack, Untucked –  Resort Apparel for Men, Whalebone Surf Shop and Zen & Zip.

About the Outer Banks Relief Foundation:

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Their Mission is to assist people living and working in the Outer Banks community who are in fiscal distress as a result of a debilitating disease or illness, or have experienced a personal tragedy to themselves or their families. Since January 2006, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has distributed over $1,300,000 in financial assistance to over 615 applicants who are struggling due to no fault of their own.

For more information about Couture by the Shore or the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, please visit or contact their administrative office at (252) 261-2004. Event social media: FB:, Twitter: @obxcouture, and Instagram: @obxcouture.