Cancer Foundation’s annual dance
is a celebration of
10 years of ‘caring and sharing’….WITH SLIDE SHOW
By IRENE NOLAN
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s 10th annual spring dance and
fundraiser on Saturday night, March 20, at the Hatteras Civic Center
was billed as a “toast to 10 years of sharing and caring.”
The dress was “Black-tie, Hatteras-style” for this 10-year milestone.
The foundation, which assists island cancer patients with their medical
costs and travel expenses for cancer treatment, was founded by Hatteras
Islander Laney Howell in late 2000.
The first dance was in March, 2001.
Laney died later that year of breast cancer, but the tradition and the
organization she started survives, continuing the work she started here.
The gala 10-year celebration lived up to its billing both as a
“toast” and as “black-tie, Hatteras-style.”
About 150 partygoers started arriving at the civic center at about 6
p.m. to enjoy several hours of socializing and dining before the 360
band started playing, shortly after 8.
The civic center was decked out appropriately and cleverly for the
“toasting” with big slices of “toast” and
champagne bottles hanging from the ceiling and centerpieces on the
tables of toasters and wine buckets with floral touches, including lots
of red roses. Lights were strung around the room and a slide show of
almost 500 pictures of the foundation’s 10 years played non-stop
in a front corner.
There was a champagne fountain for toasting, and the food was, as
usual, plentiful and delicious. There was no “toast” on the
A table of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres was laden with steamed
shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, a cheese and fruit platter, and other
On the main food table, diners could choose from dishes that included a
roast beef au jus, chicken salad, mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat,
Greek salad, pasta salad, grilled chicken wings with a spicy rub, and
steamed green beans with an Asian-style sauce.
Much of the food was prepared by Outriggers Bar and Grill, a new
restaurant about to open in Hatteras.
The desert table was a real attention getter. It featured three
cakes, prepared and donated by Island Perks. Each cake was three
big layers and was topped with a replica of three lighthouses –
Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke. The cakes were
decorated with edible white chocolate seashells.
The “black-tie, Hatteras style” dress code brought folks in
everything from jeans to tuxedos – and every style in between.
Many of the men and women were elegantly dressed in cocktail
attire. And then you had partygoers in waders, board shorts and
black tie, and women in fancy dresses with fishing boots, also
affectionately known locally as Wanchese “bedroom slippers”
or Wanchese “go-go boots.”
“We certainly had a cross-section of attendees from young to
senior, tuxedoed to waders, dancers to watchers,” said Judy
Banks, president of the HICF board. “Many cancer survivors
attended and most island businesses were represented either by donating
food and beverages or by attending.”
Banks said the foundation had not yet tallied the amount of money that
was raised, but, in addition to ticket sales, at $50 each, a 50-50
raffle brought in $740 and a silent auction brought more than $1,000.
“As always, the Hatteras Island community is unwavering in its
generosity and support for what the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
does for cancer survivors,” Banks said. “We would not be
able to do what we do without that support.”
For more information on the cancer foundation, go to www.hicf.org
HERE TO VIEW SLIDE SHOW
Contributors to the annual dance
Burrus Red & White
Outriggers Bar and Grill
Island Hopper shuttle
Risky Business Seafood
Island Garden Center
Pop’s Raw Bar
Bill and Chris Ballance