| September 18, 2013
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank have announced that Mary
Helen Goodloe-Murphy of Rodanthe has been chosen as the 2013 Outer
Banks Citizen of the Year. The award will be presented at the
Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8,
2013 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.
Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy chosen
as Outer Banks Citizen of the Year
Mary Helen was selected from a large pool of outstanding nominees.
known as a local news reporter, Mary Helen oversaw and wrote the grant
to have the Cape Hatteras National Seashore designated a National
Scenic Byway in 2009. She is a familiar face as president of
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Civic Association and has helped
organize many events, including the July Fourth celebrations, Dr.
Seuss’ birthday party, and the only Halloween Parade on the Outer
She has a strong interest in the well-being of
the children of Hatteras Island and is often seen keeping score at
local high school sporting events, providing refreshments and
decorations, taking photos for the paper or researching grants for
playgrounds, skate parks, and public access.
Goodloe-Murphy has demonstrated an incredible commitment to our
community and works tirelessly to make the Outer Banks a better place
to live,” said Chamber Board Chairwoman Ali Breaux.
“Whenever something good happens on Hatteras Island, her name is
somehow associated with it.”
Mary Helen and her husband, Tom
Murphy, moved to Dare County in 1986. After moving to Rodanthe, Mary
Helen spent 10 years serving as a volunteer firefighter with the
Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. In 1987, she
worked to establish the Hotline Thrift Store on Hatteras Island.
cutting ceremonies on Sept. 14 and 15 celebrated her most recent
accomplishment – constructed pathways through the tri-villages and
Last year, Mary Helen was named Dare County Citizen of
the year, and she was honored for her community service by the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association in 2008.
for this year’s award were sought from the Chamber’s Board of
Directors, its membership, and the community but without a doubt
Goodloe-Murphy demonstrates all the qualities the award seeks to
recognize,” said Breaux. “Her life resume demonstrates a
tremendous love and commitment to Hatteras Island, Dare County, and the
entire Outer Banks region.”
The Annual Meeting coincides with
the leadership change at the Chamber. Ali Breaux of Sun Realty has
served as Chamber board chairwoman for 2012-2013 and will present the
gavel to incoming Chairman, Mike Pringle of Coldwell Banker Seaside
Realty. This event is an opportunity for the organization to
celebrate the success of the past year and look ahead to the 2013-2014
program year. Outgoing board members will be recognized and new
board member welcomed. The Ambassador of the Year and Ambassador
Team of the Year Awards will also be presented.
New this year,
the Chamber will also recognize a Non-Profit of the Year, sponsored by
Aycock Butler, PLLC; Chamber business member and New Member of the
Year. These selections will be kept quiet until the actual event.
In addition, the event will feature centerpieces sponsored by some of
our members and a “balloon pop”.
“This has been an
incredible year for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce,” stated
Breaux. “Our membership is now at 1,028. We’ve added and improved
programming and continue to evaluate all that we offer our business
members and the community. This event will celebrate the past,
present and future of our organization.”
The Outer Banks Chamber
Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is open to the public with
reservations requested. $25 includes a buffet dinner of Parmesan
Chicken with Hunters Sauce, Baked Lemon Peppered Flounder, Vegetable
and Starch of the Day, Dessert, Rolls, Butter, and non-alcoholic
A few sponsorship opportunities for the event
also remain including centerpiece sponsors, champagne toast, and
balloon pop participants. For more information or to reserve your
space, call (252 )441-8144 or visit www.outerbankschamber.com.