September 27, 2018
On Hatteras Island, October is the Time to Think Pink
By JOY CRIST
traditional fall colors of red, orange and brown – on Hatteras Island,
October is going to be all about the color pink.
The month of October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and it’s an important designation for women
everywhere. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is
one of the most common cancers for American women, and the average risk
of a woman developing breast cancer at some point in her life is around
12%. (Although less common, it’s also possible for men to develop
breast cancer as well.)
This is why on Hatteras Island, a series of pink-themed events are
being planned to raise funds and awareness, and to celebrate our local
ladies. And this wave of events and activities – from fishing
tournaments to rosy-hued cocktails – stems from the efforts of a
beloved local organization, the Hatteras Island
Cancer Foundation (HICF.)
In case you’re not familiar with the group, the HICF is an
all-volunteer, non-profit organization which provides support for
cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.
Founded in the year 2000, the HICF provides assistance to local
residents dealing with cancer to help with needs such as travel
expenses, prescriptions and medical supplies, as well as medical bills
that are not covered by insurance. The Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation also recently started an Endowment Fund which is managed by
the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Essentially, the Community
Foundation accepts gifts to the fund, prudently invests the fund, and
provides the HICF with sustainable and reliable annual income through
the ensuing earnings. “The endowment fund is another new [element] of
we do, and because it’s relatively new, it may not be something that people know about,” said HICF Secretary Laura Young.
To date, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has assisted over 175 islanders with cancer, with grants in excess of $825,000.
And to address this continual need for help throughout the island, the
HICF hosts a number of events throughout the year to generate their
much-needed funds for families in need.
In the next few weeks, HICF will be partnering with a wave of area
businesses to host several events that both align with Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and which raise a good chunk of donations for the
longstanding local organization.
A number of these initiatives will be familiar and favorite events for
longtime locals and visitors, too. The Positively Pink HICF 5K, for
example, is celebrating its 15th year on October 6, 2018, and many of
the participants are longtime supporters who look forward to the cruise
through Kinnakeet Shores in Avon every year.
The Fish Like a Girl Tournament is another big event that has grown in
popularity since first launching in 2014, with roughly 200 participants
expected in this year’s tournament.
Then there’s the island-wide “Drink Pink” campaign. This toast-worthy
event features ample opportunities to sample pink drinks of all
varieties - from milkshakes to cocktails - as restaurants offer their
own pink concoction with funds going to the HICF. More and more local
eateries join the Drink Pink campaign every year, which gives foodies a
month-long opportunity to quench their thirst in style all along the
Essentially, October is a month where the local ladies take center
stage, and get to have some pink-infused fun, but it’s also a time when
islanders recognize a homegrown organization that does a world of good.
From simple donations to fabulous events where all the ladies can join
in, (and yes, the men can tag along too), October is an excellent time
to celebrate women, to recognize the contributions of the HICF, and to
spread some goodwill throughout the island and beyond.
UPCOMING HIFC EVENTS:
(If you are
hosting an event to benefit the HICF during the month of October,
please let us know. We would be glad to add you to this list. Please
send informtion to [email protected].
Fish Like a Girl:
Saturday, September 29
The Avon Pier, Koru Village & Pangea Tavern partner with HICF to
host an all-girl fishing tournament on the Avon Pier. Funds
raised from the tournament are donated to HICF. Register at any Koru
location or online at http://www.koruvillage.com/.
15th Annual 5K Fun Run
Saturday, October 6
Come walk, run or just join in for a great cause in support of our
neighbors who are battling cancer. The 5k course (3.1 miles)
takes you through scenic Kinnakeet Shores in Avon, NC.
Participants are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer
awareness month Online Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Avon/PositivelyPink5K
If you aren’t able to attend the event, donations may be made at: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/NC/Avon/PositivelyPink5K
October 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018
During the month of October (breast cancer awareness month),
restaurants across Hatteras Island support HICF by including a special
pink drink on their menus. HICF encourages locals and visitors to
sample the various drinks - (responsibly of course) - from the
different locations. Each restaurant donates all or a portion of
their pink drink sales to HICF.
HICF 2018 Drink Pink Particapating Establishments:
*More restaurants may be added.
Inn on Pamlico
The Pamlico Deli
Lighthouse Sport’s Bar