March 14, 2017
Federation raises more than $1,800 for Hatteras
United Methodist Church's storm relief efforts
numbers are in, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2017
Hatteras Island Oyster Roast raised more than $1,800 for storm relief
efforts administered by the Hatteras United Methodist Church.
event, which was held on Feb. 4, drew approximately 400 people, and the
event proceeds were $3,756.38 in total. The federation donated 50
percent — $1,878.19 — to the support the church’s ongoing cleanup and
repair efforts in Hatteras, where many residents are still dealing with
damage from Hurricane Matthew and other storms from this past fall.
Hallas, coastal education coordinator at the federation’s Wanchese
office, worked with Pastor Toni Wood to work out the details.
was hit particularly hard this year,” Hallas said. “And they have been
such wonderful partners and champions of the federation over the years,
so we wanted to give back.”
church has a list of 60 people who are still displaced from their homes
due to hurricane damage. The donation will help with necessary repair
costs and other essential needs to allow them to move back in.
The other half of the proceeds will benefit the federation’s education and restoration programs in the Outer Banks.
federation has hosted the oyster roast since 2014 in Hatteras. This
year, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau sponsored the event and awarded
the federation a grant to help offset the costs.
Most of the Dare County commissioners attended the oyster roast, as did state Rep. Beverly Boswell and state Sen. Bill Cook.
said that despite the cold that day, there was plenty of sunshine and
warm food for people to eat. Attendees devoured more than 60 bushels of
North Carolina oysters and plenty of clam chowder.
Foster, long-time Hatteras resident and federation board member, was
very pleased with the turnout and support from the community.
“The Coastal Federation does a better job than anyone promoting good stewardship of the environment,” he said.
Daniel Pullen, a local professional photographer, took photos at the event, which can be viewed here.
About the North Carolina Coastal Federation
The North Carolina
Coastal Federation is a nonprofit membership organization that works to
keep the coast of North Carolina a great place to live, work and play.
Through a variety of programs and partnerships, the federation provides
for clean coastal waters and habitats, advocates to protect the coast
and teaches and informs people about the coast and what they can do to
protect it. The federation has offices in Ocean, Wanchese and
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. To learn more, please visit nccoast.org or call 252-393-8185.