Island Cancer Foundation’s
was a ‘calypso’ evening…WITH
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s 11th annual spring dance on
Saturday, March 19, brought about 125 islanders and visitors to the
Hatteras Village Civic Center to raise money for cancer patients.
This year’s theme was “Crusin’ to Calypso.” The surreal
decor gave everyone a feeling that the cold, windy winter was gone and
spring had really arrived.
HICF board member Sydnee Slaughter was the chief decorator who
transformed the center for the occasion. A giant sail, on loan from
Nathan Snead from Hatteras Sailing Company, hung from the ceiling. The
sail was accented by colored lights. Blue fabric on the walls
with blue lights represented the water, and big umbrellas adorned some
of the tables.
The menu was, as usual, extensive. Appetizers included smoked fish dip
with crostinis, sesame pepper seared tuna, and spanakopita with
tzedziki. The table was topped with a 31/2-foot tall tropical fruit
tower that was almost to pretty to eat. The entrees included
chicken skewers with mango salsa, Cuban sliders, blackened shrimp,
Greek tortellini salad, dirty rice, Conner’s famous barbecued beef
brisket, and much more. Assorted cupcakes and mini-cheesecakes were
displayed on the dessert table.
Most of the food and the ingredients were donated by various
businesses, restaurants, and individuals and was prepared by the Dee
Callahan and other HICF board members.
The band, Big Daddy Rhythm and the Heavyweights, kept the crowd dancing
until midnight. The band members even enticed some of the partygoers on
stage to shake the tambourine and sing. Dancers took to the floor for
an array of music that included beach music, rock and roll, and funky
‘70s and ‘80s songs.
The foundation has not yet tallied the amount of money that was raised,
but, in addition to ticket sales, a 50-50 raffle raised $800.
winner of the 50/50 was Beth Bailey of Hatteras who donated her
winnings of $400 to the cancer foundation.
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation helps island cancer patients with
medical bills and medications that are not covered by insurance and
with travel to and from treatment centers.
“It takes a lot of fundraisers to fulfill the grant applications that
are submitted to the HICF,” said board member Donna Barnett.
“This means continually asking the community for support, and the
outpouring of generosity from the community continues year after
year. There are no words to describe the gratitude that the
feels to our community.”
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Contributors to the annual dance
Burrus Red and White
Coastal Beverage, and Mutual
Fosters and Parsons
Hatteras Sailing Company
Inn on Pamlico
Island Hopper Shuttle
Karen & Ken Miller
Sandbar & Grille
Sun Flowers Florist