Distillery donates $17,500 for new playground equipment

By on August 16, 2018

Courtney Carawan, leisure activities specialist at Family Recreation Park, Public Services Director Tim White, Chairman Bob Woodard, and the owners of Outer Banks Distilling, Adam Ball, Scott Smith, Matt Newsome and Kelly Bray.

Outer Banks Distilling presented a $17,500 check to Dare County Parks and Recreation at the Aug. 6,  Board of Commissioners meeting.

Adam Ball, one of the four owners of Outer Banks Distilling, contacted Dare County Parks and Recreation following the removal of one of his 4-year-old son’s favorite pieces of playground equipment at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills.

The 17-year-old piece of playground equipment had deteriorated due to the salt air and was removed for safety reasons. The distillery, which opened in 2015, offered to donate proceeds from the sale of a specialty rum to help purchase new playground equipment.

“One of our main business philosophies is to take care of those who take care of us. We were embraced by the local community when we opened and we wanted to give back to the community,” said Ball at the check presentation.

On Saturday, June 30, Outer Banks Distillery hosted an event with local area businesses and donated all the proceeds to Dare County Parks and Recreation. The distillery sold 340 bottles of Angels Share, the specialty rum named for the small bit of rum that evaporates from every barrel during the barrel aging process.

The new playground equipment has been purchased and will be installed later this fall.

“To give back this amount of money in such a short period of time is very commendable. That these young men saw the need to give back and to make such a large donation benefitting Dare County children is nothing short of amazing,” said Chairman Bob Woodard at the presentation.

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