OUTER BANKS RELIEF FOUNDATION Announces a New Executive Director

Nags Head, NC –The Outer Banks Relief Foundation, a charitable organization financially assisting people in need due to a debilitating medical condition who live and work on the Outer Banks, has announced the selection of Patty McKenna as its new executive director. Patty will fill the vacancy created by Chris Kelley’s departure last year. The selection was made after a regional and local search and selection process, during which Patty served on the Board of Directors.


“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported John B. Gillam, III, president and co-founder of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. “This is a red-letter day in the history of our foundation. Patty’s proven leadership and her ability to work with others is going to be an asset to our foundation’s future; not just an asset, but exactly what we need as the next generation leads the Outer Banks Relief Foundation into the future.”


Patty began her career at Social Compact, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that provides tools to increase private investment in lower-income neighborhoods nationwide. More recently, Patty has served as the chair of the Community Services Collaborative, a networking organization for Outer Banks helping groups, and as interim executive director of Outer Banks Sporting Events. She also previously served on the board of Interfaith Community Outreach.


“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s nonprofit organizations in this new capacity,” remarks Patty. “I am dedicated to this foundation because it provides vital human services and assistance to my neighbors when they need it most.”



About 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 2005, over $1,500,000 has been given locally to people in need.   For more information on getting assistance from or donating to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation call 252/261-2004 or visit their website: www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com

New foundation endowment honors the late Warren Judge

Article submitted by the Outer Banks Community Foundation to Outer Banks Voice 


The Outer Banks Relief Foundation has created a new endowment fund in memory of Warren Judge to help
citizens in our community who face debilitating illness, disease or personal tragedy.

The fund will be held at the Outer Banks Community Foundation and will provide perpetual support for the Relief Foundation’s program, operating or capital needs.

The Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment Fund honors the late civic leader who served his community in extraordinary ways. Judge led countless community initiatives that improved the lives of his neighbors in immeasurable ways.

 He served on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, the Dare County Tourism Board, the Dare County Airport Authority, the Joint Committee on Beach Access, Outer Banks Catch Executive Committee, UNC Coastal Studies Institute Board, College of The Albemarle Board, Shoreline Management Commission, Dare County Social Services Board, Children and Youth Partnership Board, Dare County Youth Center Advisory Board, the Town Council for Jamestown, N.C. and the organizing group for Jamestown’s youth baseball league.

“Warren was a true public servant. He tirelessly dedicated himself to serving his fellow citizens in need and family,” said John Gillam, president of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

“We were recently blessed by a donation from the Joe Coors Jr. family for the future sustainability of our mission. We could not think of a better use of those funds than to establish a local endowment in Warren’s name whose purpose is also to serve our community and help people in need.”

“On behalf of my children and myself, we are humbled and honored by this fund being established in Warren’s name.” said Tess Judge. “Warren felt blessed to be a part of Dare County, which he loved dearly and was passionate about all the citizens and their well-being.

“He would be so pleased to know that Dare County citizens facing a personal tragedy or disease will be assisted in such a compassionate and caring way.”

The Relief Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in aid to 684 citizens in need living and working in our community since it was founded in 2005, said Deb MacDonald, the Relief Foundation’s Interim Director.

“Now, with the establishment of a second, local endowment along with the Outer Banks Relief Foundation Fund through the Winston-Salem Foundation, we established permanent, sustainable sources of funds to supplement the annual dollars we raise,” she said.

True to its name, the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment is structured as a permanent endowment, which means that the principal of the fund will remain invested with and by the Community Foundation The earnings will be used each year to support the Relief Foundation’s mission.

“All of us at the Community Foundation are honored to partner with the Relief Foundation in creating this perpetual endowment for people in need from the Outer Banks,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director.

“From our partnership in establishing Dare County’s 211 call center, to the various grant funds we use to support the Relief Foundation, and now this new endowment fund, the Community Foundation is proud to help support this wonderful organization.”

The Community Foundation was established in 1982 and holds endowment funds by and for over 40 nonprofits and churches across the Outer Banks, including the Beach Food Pantry, Outer Banks SPCA, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Elizabethan Gardens, Interfaith Community Outreach, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Dare County Arts Council, Dare Education Foundation, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

In total the Community Foundation manages over $14 million across 150 charitable funds on behalf of families, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofits. Since its founding the Community Foundation has used the earnings from these endowments to award over $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students in need.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible gift to the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment in Warren’s memory at www.obcf.org/donate. To learn more about the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, please visit www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com, or call 252-261-2004. To learn more about the Outer Banks Community Foundation, visit www.obcf.org, or call 252-261-8839.