Hearts of Dare Fundraiser to Benefit Outer Banks Families After Recent Tragedies

Posted By on February 18, 2016

The Hearts of Dare two-day fundraiser happening this month will feature a number of events for Outer Banks youths, with the proceeds to benefit the three local families that experienced recent tragedies. 

From the official website: Our community was dealt a double-blow this winter with the tragic death of First Flight Middle School sixth-grader Bri Blumenthal in November and the January car accident that took the life of Nags Head Elementary School third-grader Luke Sawyer and critically injured third-grader Hermilo Rosales Garcia.

Hearts of Dare was founded by the OBX Storm soccer club to honor Luke and Hermilo, who were best friends and teammates on the OBX Storm U9 Boys Sol team.

In addition to their grief, Bri, Luke and Hermilo’s families have been burdened by hefty medical expenses and the inability to work during their mourning.

Hearts of Dare hopes to raise money through the website HeartsOfDare.org and the fundraiser over the weekend of February 26 and 27 to help ease the families’ financial troubles as they deal with their grief. 

On Friday, Feb. 26, the Ark Church in Nags Head will host rollerskating for elementary school grades K through 5 from 4 to 6pm and for middle school grades 6 through 8 from 7 to 9pm.

Also on Friday, Feb. 26, the rollerskating event will be followed by a “Glow in the Dark Dance Party” at the Outer Banks Family YMCA in Nags Head, open to 3rd through 5th graders from 5:30 to 7:30pm and to 6th through 8th graders from 8 to 10pm. Parents must sign their kids in.

Food and refreshments will be served at both Friday events.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the fundraiser moves to Nags Head Elementary School where there will be a bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cake walk, human fooseball, goal shot shooting, face painting, a photo booth, an OBX Storm soccer tournament, free bike helmets for children, and a bike safety rodeo at 12pm. There will also be a bike remembrance ride for Bri at 11am, and anyone planning to participate should bring their bikes and helmets.

There will also be pickup soccer going on in the morning on Saturday, Feb. 27, across the street at the YMCA, from 9 to 10:30am for grades K through 2 and from 10:30am to 12pm for grades 3 through 5.

You can make an online donation to Hearts of Dare here.

Hearts of Dare Outer Banks Fundraiser - February 26-27, 2016


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