Hatteras Island Meals’ annual raffle is in full swing, and 2022 is already proving to be a banner year for the event, with a total of seven prize packages worth more than $1,000 each.
“Last year, we had 30 businesses donate [to the raffle] and had six packages,” said VP for Hatteras Island Meals Liz (Betty) Pritchard. “This year, 67 businesses have donated to the packages, so we added an [extra] prize package for 2022.”
Hatteras Island Meals (HIM) provides nutritious meals to elderly or homebound clients on Hatteras Island, and the all-volunteer organization, (which began in 1987 as local folks preparing meals in their own homes for homebound residents), uses the annual raffle as their primary source of fundraising.
Currently, HIM serves 45 residents throughout the island, with meals provided by Diamond Shoals in Buxton, Sonny’s in Hatteras village, and Island Convenience and Waves Market & Deli in the Tri-villages.
Though the fundraising raffle was canceled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it returned in 2021 with local residents winning five out of the six prize packages.
This year, the organization is already breaking records, with 101 tickets sold at the annual Day at the Docks Festival alone. HIM has a total of 5,000 tickets available, and roughly 2,800 tickets have been sold since the raffle began in mid-August.
Tickets are 1 for $10, or 4 for $35, and are available at a number of local businesses along the island. HIM volunteers also set up temporary sales sites at popular locales, and this week, tickets will be available at Connor’s Supermarket on Wednesday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
“A big shout all to all of our volunteers who sit and sell these tickets, and also to the businesses who have donated prizes, [and who allow us] to sit in front of their business and sell tickets,” said Pritchard. “We really have some amazing people here.”
The temporary sales sites vary from week to week, and folks can check out the HIM Facebook page to see when and where tickets will be for sale in the not-so-distant future.
Raffle tickets are also available anytime at NC 12 Realty at the Osprey Shopping Center in Buxton, at Diamond Shoals Restaurant, and at Frank & Fran’s in Avon. In addition, off-island folks who want to purchase tickets can also request them online at http://hatterasislandmeals.org/.
Tickets will be available up until the drawing, which is scheduled for October 22, 2022. With prize packages that are bigger and better than ever, islanders are encouraged to pick up their tickets as soon as possible so they don’t miss a chance at scoring a wealth of local goodies.
The Raffle Prize List for 2022 is below. For more information on Hatteras Island Meals or to make a donation, visit http://hatterasislandmeals.org/.
Prize Package #1
½ day in-shore fishing charter for up to 6 people (Chaser Sportfishing)
Gift certificates to: Island Bakery, Duck Donuts, Dairy Queen, Nino’s Pizza, Buxton Village Books, Tumblin’ Around
Prize Package #2
2-hr. sunset cruise for up to 6 people (Bonehead Charters)
Gift certificates to: Burger Burger, Nino’s Pizza, Buxton Munch, Dairy Queen, Pamlico Deli, Austin’s South Island Seafood, Lighthouse Sports Bar, Conner’s Supermarket, Studio 12, Nedo’s True Value Hardware, Hatteras Island Boards, Scotch Bonnet Fudge & Gifts, Real Watersports
Prize Package #3
2-hr. beach horseback ride for 2 (Equine Adventures)
Gift certificates to: Café Pamlico, Beads & Grinds, Roots & Leaves, Dirty Dick’s Crab House, Buxton Munch, Stu’s Food Truck, Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Nino’s Pizza, Lighthouse Sports Bar, Teach’s Lair Marina, Swell Art Gallery, Hatteras Island Boards, Island Acupuncture, Frank & Fran’s, Real Watersports, Blue Pelican Gallery, Red Drum Tackle, Breakwater Inn
Prize Package #4
3-hr. boat rental (Charlie’s Tri-Village Watersport Rentals)
Gift certificates to: Waves Coffee & Candies, Pamlico Deli, Dairy Queen, Buxton Munch, Nino’s Pizza, Board Wok South, Beads & Grinds, Neptune’s Kitchen & Dive Bar, The Froggy Dog, Alex’s Shrimp Shack, Red Drum Tackle, Hatteras Island Pet Resort, Highway 12 Shirts,
Frisco Rod & Gun, Hatteras Jack Tackle Shop
Prize Package #5
2023 Season’s Pass to Avon Fishing Pier
A limited edition print by Artist Linda Browning
Gift certificates to: The Froggy Dog, Pangea Tavern, Stu’s Food Truck, Roots & Leaves, Lisa’s Pizzeria, Buxton Munch, Giovanni’s/Lalo’s Tacos, Burger Burger, Dairy Queen, Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Lighthouse Sports Bar, Keller Fishing Supply, Frisco Rod & Gun, Frank & Fran’s, Hatteras Jack Tackle Shop
Prize Package #6
Sunset kayak tour for up to 6 people (Slash Creek Outfitters)
Gift certificates to: The Mad Crabber, Burger Burger, Roots & Leaves, Lisa’s Pizzeria, Buxton Munch, Stu’s Food Truck, Gidget’s Pizza & Pasta, The Wreck Tiki Bar, The Parlor Hair Studio, North Beach Campground General Store, Scotch Bonnet Fudge & Gifts, Hatteras Island Boards, Keller Fishing Supply, Sparkle Balls, Frisco Rod & Gun, Frank & Fran’s
Prize Package #7
Two prints by artist Ila Smith
Gift certificates to: Café Pamlico, Ketch 55, Hatteras Island Charcuterie, Tavern on 12, Dirty Dick’s Crab House,
Good Winds Restaurant, Lighthouse Sports Bar, Kat’s Deli, Buxton Munch, Dairy Queen, Burger Burger, Conner’s Supermarket, Giovanni’s/Lalo’s Tacos, Teach’s Lair Marina, Gypsea Fleur, The Parlor Hair Studio, Relax OBX Massage