Hospital Gala Raises Funds for Health Coach

March 4, 2014

It was an evening of frippery, finery and fun as more than 300 guests joined The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council for its 9th Annual Flights of Fancy gala.  Women in fringed flapper dresses draped with boas and pearls joined men sporting pin-striped suits, suspenders and fedoras as they danced the night away in a ballroom fit for a Gatsby affair.

“Everything came together – the décor by Holiday House, the incredible cuisine catered by Black Pelican, our band, Rare Mixx – it was so much fun the evening just flew by,” said Dee McManus, gala Chairman and Vice President at OBX Bank-Nags Head.  “I’m especially grateful to the management team at OBX Bank, who not only provided the lead sponsorship but also supported me in my role as Chairman.”  This was the second year McManus has chaired the event with OBX Bank as lead sponsor.

McManus was assisted by Tim Cafferty, sponsorship chairman, and Cindy Thornsvard, auction chairman.  “Both Cindy and Tim dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy into making this event a success,” added McManus.  The gala netted more than $81,000 which will assist in underwriting the costs of The Outer Banks Hospital’s Health Coach, the new 39 foot Winnebago, which is already scheduling wellness check-ups in the community.

Hospital President Ronnie Sloan brought the concept of a wellness bus to the Development Council shortly after he was appointed president in 2011.  Council members endorsed the idea with enthusiasm.  “Imagine the ripple effect,” added Thornsvard.  “As we touch the lives of those who live on the Outer Banks, we have the potential to transform the health of our community.”

“Quite frankly, we were empowered by the cause,” said Cafferty.  “Imagine a wellness screening bus which pulls up to your door and offers blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol testing along with personal coaching on living a healthy lifestyle – all at no cost!”

With net proceeds from the past nine galas, the Council has funded the Health Coach, the purchase of an ultrasound machine and hematology analyzer, the construction of a chemotherapy mixing room, the lease of stereotactic breast biopsy equipment and the construction of the Cancer Resource Center. “We owe the National Park Service/Outer Banks Group a huge thank you for permitting us to use the site, which in turn has allowed us to provide these programs, services and equipment to our community,” said McManus.

With the pavilion scheduled for removal by the Park Service, the gala committee will shortly be announcing a new venue and date for the 2015 dinner dance.

gala committee selection

Flights of Fancy to the Jazz Age committee members included: (standing l – r): Cory Taylor, Kay Butler Barefoot, Cindy Thornsvard, Linda Palombo, Gail Hodges, Rick Loesch and Tim Cafferty along with Gala Chairman Dee McManus who is seated with Stuart Bell, Chairman of The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council. (photo by Audra Krieg Photography)


[all major sponsorships include priority seating, special gala memento and champagne for the table]

The Charleston:
lead sponsor ($15,000)

Subscribed by OBX Bank

The Fox Trot:
major sponsor ($10,000 [includes 20 tickets])

Vantage South Bank
Vidant Health

The Lindy Hop:
major sponsor ($7,500 [includes 16 tickets])

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

The Quick Step:
major sponsor ($5,000 [includes 10 tickets])

Beach Mart, Inc.
Outer Banks Blue
PNC Bank
Saga Construction & Development
Virginia Oncology Associates
Waldt Construction
Wells Fargo

The Breakaway
($2,500 [includes 6 tickets])
Alpha Corporate Designs
Eastern Radiologists
Jody & Ronnie Sloan
Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront
Rollason & Wood Realty

The Shimmy:
$1,200 [includes 4 tickets])

Carolina Designs Realty
Century Link
Gateway Bank
Guy C. Lee Building Materials
Midgette Insurance
Resort Realty
Southern Insurance
Sun Realty

Purchase a sponsorship for the Flights of Fancy gala!

The Council is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3).  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is an affiliate of the Vidant Health Foundation in Greenville. Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center are founding partners of The Outer Banks Hospital.

OUTER BANKS Hospital Development Council - Mission Statement

A fundraising body made up of a group of individuals whose purpose is the develop relationships and secure financial resources to support the health and wellness services of The Outer Banks Hospital.