August 22, 2008
Remembering Carey: A scholarship fund
honors a beloved friend and health care provider
. . .With Slideshow
By SANDRA CRABTREE
This last week of August marks a reflective one-year anniversary for Hatteras Island.
On August 30, 2007, Carey Marie LeSieur passed away peacefully, leaving
behind her loving husband, Robin, her parents Claude and Marie, her
sister Jennifer, and her niece Madison. She also left behind and an
infinite number of friends.
Carey was a beautiful and kind woman who loved life. She was a
compassionate nurse practitioner who loved helping her patients and a
thoughtful and loyal friend to so many people. She continues to be very
much missed by all those who knew her. Carey made such an impact that
it is easy to believe that once a soul has accomplished what it has
come here to do, it continues its work from the other side.
Shortly after her death, a group of friends came together and devised a
way to honor Carey in the benevolent way in which she lived her
life. We formulated a plan to raise money in order to start a
scholarship in her memory. The memorial was kicked off by Anita
and Stuart (“Brud”) Bills with a "Bucket Party" last
October at their Frisco home.
custom-painted bucket for donations was hung on a shepherd's hook next
to a collage of photos of Carey with her colleagues and friends.
The pot luck gathering was a huge success, and this is how it all began.
scholarship fund was established, spearheaded by Dr. T. Bentley
Crabtree, Jr. and committee members Robin Gerald, April Contestable,
Tom Murphy, Susan Wyche, Elaine Whitaker, and Sandra Crabtree.
Robin, Carey's husband, has been placing donation jars for the
scholarship fund in various business locations on Hatteras Island and
has been collecting and depositing the donations throughout the year.
scholarship is intended to go to a student from Cape Hatteras who is
choosing a career in the field of health and/or medicine. The
student will have completed his or her second year of study and will be
entering the third year and will have proven his or her sincerity in
the career path chosen. The way we propose to reach out to these
applicants is through our Web site.
A summer barbecue picnic was held July 10 at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo
Community Center to benefit the Carey LeSieur Scholarship Fund.
Food, fun, and fellowship were the theme of the evening as all enjoyed
the music and entertainment of the Frisco Jubilee. Folks poured
in from one end of the island to the other, and friends and family as
far away as Kansas came to celebrate Carey’s humanitarian life
On behalf of the committee, we would like to extend our heartfelt
appreciation to all who advertised, volunteered, donated, baked,
performed, photographed, and attended the event. Because of your
tremendous support, we have taken the next step and are officially the
Carey LeSieur Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization whose
primary objective is the Carey LeSieur Scholarship Fund, as well as
promoting compassion and humanity within the local community.
Looking back at the remarkable kindness we have witnessed for the love
of one incredible woman during this past year, countless seeds of
philanthropy are planted. A way to honor Carey's life is to
remember her and allow the warmth in our hearts to blossom spiritually.
are looking forward to and hope to see you at our next event. Our Web
site is currently under construction and will be available very soon.
The Web address is http://www.careylesieurfoundation.org.
If you wish to make a donation, please send it to The Carey LeSieur Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 722, Avon, NC 27915.
|2008 Carey LeSieur Scholarship Fund Bucket Party
Carey LeSieur Scholarship Fund Bucket Party will be on Saturday,
Oct.11, at 3 p.m. at the home of Anita and Stuart Bills, 50194
Captain’s Court, in Brigand’s Bay. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct.
It is a pot luck buffet, so please bring a dish with
serving utensils to share, and bring your own beverages and, of course,
a chair or blanket. Please label dishes with your name and take them
with you when you leave. The organizers will provide an assortment of
meat and grilled items, as well as plates, cups, and eating utensils.
are to be placed in the infamous, custom-painted five-gallon bucket and
checks can be made payable to The Carey LeSieur Foundation.
The Bucket Party is open to all.
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