On September 28, 2019, families, friends, competitors, and volunteers gathered in Southern Shores for the 11th Annual Throwdown Surf Classic. The 2019 event was the largest in its history with 173 competitors, and 37 heats for 15 different divisions.
The organizers, volunteers and sponsors raised $31,000 in total, $15,000 each for Sonny Albarty and family and Ian Simmons and family and $1,000 for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Sonny, age 17, suffers from pulmonary hypertension and recently had a double lung transplant. Ian Simmons suffered a brain trauma from a fall earlier this summer. Both families face large financial challenges.
The Outer Banks Relief Foundation has been assisting people who live and work on the Outer Banks who are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease, illness, or other tragedy since 2005. The foundation has distributed over $1.8 million in financial assistance to 938 local families.
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Kenny and Elaine Lubosch are originally from Roanoke, Virginia. They moved to the Outer Banks 7 years ago, attracted to the area by the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T). Elaine, who worked at the Roanoke Zoo, was losing her sight and knew that she would soon be totally blind. She wanted an opportunity to continue to work with animals, even if it had to be on a volunteer basis. N.E.S.T. provided that opportunity.
In October of 2018, Kenny had just started working full-time as a driver for UPS and also worked part-time as a monitor during the beach nourishment project to ensure the safety of the sea turtles. Elaine was a stay-at-home mom caring for the couple’s 20-month-old daughter and volunteering for N.E.S.T. On October 5th of that year, Kenny was involved in an automobile accident while driving the family car in Manteo. The car was a total loss. Kenny suffered a fractured ankle and spinal cord injuries.
A projected five weeks out of work without pay soon turned into three months. Although Kenny had insurance to help with the hospital bills, the young couple did not know how they were going to pay their rent and utilities or even purchase diapers for their young child. Fortunately, Elaine’s social worker with the North Carolina Division of the Blind referred the family to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. We were able to help the family with two months of rent.
“The Relief Foundation was absolutely amazing. Rent was our largest bill and was the scary one,” Kenny said. “We would not have made it without the help we received.”
Today things are looking up for this young family. Although they still have hospital bills from the accident, Kenny is healthy and back at work. And this spring they became a family of four when they welcome another baby girl.
The Relief Foundation realizes that its historic reliance on event-based fundraising cannot alone suport the growing need. While Couture by the Shore, the Outer Banks Marathon, and other Outer Banks Sporting Events races will always be part of our culture and identity, the Relief Foundation is moving into a time when it must engage with supporters on a personal, individual level.
IMPACT OBX is a fundraising campaign with a $1 million goal. The Relief Foundation is asking the community to give directly to fund our mission. Though no running is involved, you’ll find it does just as much good for your heart!
There are 9 raffle tickets left for a chance to win a one week stay in an oceanfront house in Duck. Drawing to be held on May 11, 2019 at Couture by the Shore, need not be present to win. Enter online at: https://www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com/donate/
Enter the amount $100
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Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
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The mission of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation is to assist people who live or work in our community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to debilitating illness or other personal tragedy.