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Relief in Brief

Dylan Hughes is an Outer Banks native and a 2015 graduate of Manteo High School. Growing up in Manteo, he enjoyed water sports and was passionate about theater, appearing in school and outside productions. After high school, Dylan started working at Roanoke Island Festival Park. If you have been to the Settlement Site in the last few years, you may have seen Dylan in costume delighting children, locals, and tourists by playing the role of the head blacksmith. 

In January 2018, Dylan’s life changed. He found himself needing oxygen 24 hours a day and unable to work. The Cystic Fibrosis he was diagnosed with at age 9 had progressed to a critical stage. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a progressive genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. People with CF have a defective gene that causes a thick sticky buildup of mucous in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. While there has been significant progress in treating the disease, there is no cure and many lives are cut far too short.

Sick and unable to work, Dylan went through his savings and found himself having to choose between buying food and paying his rent. He was not yet receiving disability.  His family helped as much as they could. Like many who eventually find their way to the Relief Foundation, Dylan was not someone who thought he would ever have to ask for help. His first stop was Dare County Social Services who assisted him in applying for food stamps and in completing the Relief Foundation application. The Foundation immediately stepped in and paid Dylan’s rent for the next four months. Those rent payments along with Food Stamps and assistance from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation helped Dylan to bridge the gap and make his way to Duke where he finally received a lung transplant in October 2018.

When asked about the help he received from the Relief Foundation, Dylan said, “I am incredibly grateful that there is an organization like the Relief Foundation on the Outer Banks. They helped me so much. It was life changing. I cannot put it into words.”

Dylan is again living on his own and has been approved for disability.  While he knows there is always a chance for rejection, he feels fortunate and said he prefers the 40 pills he takes a day to the breathing treatments he once had to endure. He looks forward to returning to his “dream job” at Roanoke Island Festival Park where he can again use his talents to teach our local history through his performances.

Campaign Committee October Meeting

Outer Banks Relief Foundation Campaign Committee working hard and having fun supporting our favorite cause! Neighbors helping neighbors in our community!

From left, Keith Curtis, Monica Thibodeau, Heather Sakers, Susan Clissold, Jane Webster, Abby Weber, Patty McKenna, Millie Ward, Scott Brown.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is a nationwide annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Outer Banks community is very much involved and we give our heartfelt thanks to the many local businesses who have increased awareness and raised funds needed for breast cancer research in 2018. Here’s the short list:

In July, the Nags Head Golf Links Ladies’ Driving Fore the Cure raised $44,000 — $22,000 for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to provide financial relief for breast cancer patients and another $22,000 to provide scalp cooling cap therapy so that patients might keep their hair during chemotherapy.

Now through the end of October, Tanger Outlets in Nags Head is hosting TangerPink. Purchase a $10 Pink Card and receive 25% OFF any item at participating stores. Proceeds go to The Outer Banks Relief Foundation and BCRF.

Nags Head Fire & Rescue is raising money for breast cancer awareness. Buy a t-shirt, sizes S-XXL for $20. Proceeds go to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Vidant Health and the Outer Banks Hospital are promoting breast cancer awareness through the Pink Power Tour (www.vidanthealth.com/Campaigns/Pink-Power).

Community Foundation Grants Help Relief Foundation Plan for the Future

Nags Head, NC – When the Outer Banks Relief Foundation wanted to assess its operations and plan for a bright future, the Outer Banks Community Foundation was there to help them build capacity through grants from the Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund and the Community Fund.

With two Community Foundation grants totaling $25,000 over the past two years, the Relief Foundation has made great strides — commissioning an organizational assessment by The Curtis Group of Virginia Beach and then implementing the study’s recommendations on management and fundraising best practices. The grants also enabled the Relief Foundation to purchase computers and software platforms to support their systems improvements.

“With the Community Foundation’s help, we have been able to invest in the right infrastructure to do our work well, easing the burdens of those in our community struggling with medical issues or other personal tragedies,” says Scott Brown, the vice president of the Relief Foundation. “The Outer Banks Community Foundation grants provided the capital to help us thrive as a key local asset.”

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2006 to assist people who live and work on the Outer Banks and are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or an unexpected tragedy. The foundation currently assists about 100 people each year with average support of $1,500 per family. Since its founding, the foundation has distributed over $1.68 million of financial assistance to 819 individuals and families, paying pressing household bills during times of personal crisis such as cancer battles or recovery from stroke or house fire.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $18 million in 180 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

(left to right) Community Foundation board member Bruce Austin and executive director Lorelei Costa present a $25,000 check to Relief Foundation executive director Patty McKenna and vice president Scott Brown representing the total investment of recent Community Foundation grants in the Relief Foundation’s capacity.



Outer Banks Cycle Race 2018

Like to cycle? Come out and compete or ride for recreation on the beautiful Outer Banks on Spetember 29. https://www.obxtriathlon.com/outer-banks-cycle-race-event-inform

Outer Banks Marathon Weekend 2018


OBRF’s Couture by the Shore Event Raises $93,000 to Help Others

Blair Ward Modeling for Baree Warehouse

Outer Banks, NC – On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in May, a community of generous and caring people came together to help others.  The 9th Annual COUTURE BY THE SHORE raised over $93,000 in net proceeds that will financially assist our neighbors who are struggling through no fault of their own.  Since its inception, this event has raised over $550,000 that goes to directly to provide financial support to people living and working in our community while dealing with a medical crisis or personal tragedy.

COUTURE BY THE SHORE is a fun, festive Spring event where fashion and fundraising unite that is held annually on Mother Day’s weekend.  Next year’s event will be held on May 11, 2019.

“We are honored by the support of our sponsors, local businesses and artists who donated to our silent auction, our volunteers and most importantly the community who once again came together for a fun-filled afternoon to raise money for those in need in our community,” says Millie Ward, Relief Foundation Co-Founder and Event Chair.

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 $1,650,000 in financial assistance to over 785 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 contact their administrative office at (252) 261-2004.


Sandbar 5K cancelled in 2018

The Sandbar 5K will not be held in 2018. We apologize to longtime runners and fans of the event. Look for a redesigned event in 2019.

2018 Running of the Leprechauns

Come join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the Running of the Leprechauns on Saturday, March 17th 2018.
OBSE is excited to add this 5K & 10K race to their line-up of amazing race events.
Enjoy an Irish-themed after party and the “Get Lucky” Costume Contest! The afterparty at OBSE will have Irish Stew, Sweet Potato Biscuits & Beer.
Come for the Run and stay for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday!
Each finisher will receive a Finishers Medal and an Event Shirt. There will be awards presented for the top 3 Male & Female finishers in each of the two distances.
This years’ 5K & 10K courses are the same as in the past, just altered slightly to start and finish at nearby Satterfield Soccer Complex. The 10K route includes portions of gravel trail (approx. 2 miles) and is a loop. The 5K is all on the road and is an out-and-back.