Bowling Tourney brings in over 1,200 meals for food pantries

By on April 1, 2019

Team Spirit Award Winner, “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Gutter,” Coldwell Banker-Seaside Realty.

To fatten local food pantries with non-perishable food and monetary donations, members of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) and Outer Banks locals did held a Bowling Tournament Friday, Feb. 22 in Nags Head. The tournament benefited the Lower Currituck, Beach, Roanoke, Source, Hatteras and Buxton Food pantries.

“I cannot believe that it has been over a month since the tournament and people are still bringing in food,” tournament Chair Brook Sparks of Beach Realty & Construction says. “It just shows you how giving our community is.”

The event, which sold out within 24 hours of being publicized, raised over $4,300 in raffle money that is being distributed to the food pantries. On the night of the tourney, Beach Food Pantry reported collecting an astounding 291 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of almost 243 meals.

2019 OBAR President Jean-Paul Peron of The Outer Banks Real Estate Company at eXp Realty says, “Each of the six food pantries received approximately 250 pounds or more of non-perishable items depending on what they needed the most at that time which is wonderful.”

Calvina Russell, director of Source of Hope Food Pantry, with a full truck of donations.

According to Elisabeth Silverthorne, Executive Director of Beach Food Pantry, “Every 1.2 pounds is the equivalent of 1 meal.” By those standards each food pantry received roughly 208 meals for a total of over 1,200 meals all together.

The night of the Mardi Gras-themed bowling tournament was full of camaraderie with multiple team competitions. Team Captain Judy Reynolds and her Wells Fargo Home Mortgage team, “The High Rollers” bowled the highest score of the night, as well as taking the prize for raising the highest amount of monetary donations.

Team Captain Brittany Johnson and her Keller Williams-OBX “KW Bella’s” team brought in the largest amount of non-perishable items. Finally, Dawn Midgette’s Coldwell Banker’s team, “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Gutter,” was awarded the highly coveted spirit award.

The Grand Prize for the event was a four-night staycation in Hatteras that included a dinner for two at the Inn on Pamlico, and two two-hour horseback riding sessions. Lynn Hoffman of Great Escapes Realty was picked as the winner during a Facebook Live event shortly before the tournament began.

In addition to all the raffle prizes, an online auction was held for a unique mask handmade by local resident Jen Ray of Jen Ray Made this. Freddie Davis, who has a second home in the OBX, placed the winning bid\

Winning team “High Rollers” of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Says Sparks, “I am blown away by how much we raised, and how much food we have donated. I would like to give thanks to DJ Justin Bateman of 94.5 Country & Eddie Deak of Beach Realty & Construction-KH for emceeing the event, and the staff of OBX Bowling.\

“I would also be remiss if I did not give a special thanks to Elisabeth Silverthorne and her husband, who helped OBAR staff divide all of the donations according to the specific needs of each food pantry while keeping it as even as possible. It was an overwhelming task and she made it happen.”

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