Throwdown Surf Classic Raises Funds for Two Local Families

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.


The Relief Foundation’s Patty McKenna (2nd from right) accepts a check for $31,000
from Throwdown Organizer’s Joe McGraw, Greg & Cara Sherman, and Amy Robinson.

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).