Surf or Sound Realty Enjoys 13th Annual HICF Dance

On Saturday, April 6th, several members of the Surf or Sound Realty team gathered at the Hatteras Civic Center in Hatteras Village for the 13th Annual Spring Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Dance. As always, a great time was had by everyone in attendance! It was a fun-filled evening of good food, good music, and good company, all for a GREAT cause!

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer group, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. To date, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has assisted over 80 islanders with cancer and their families with grants in excess of $450,000. In addition to financial assistance, HICF also provides community outreach through monthly support group meetings with educational and informational guest speakers.


The Hatteras Village Christmas Parade Was Filled With Holiday Spirit and Cheer

The annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is always filled with holiday spirit and cheer, but this year, in spite of the very chilly weather, that spirit and cheer was more abundant than ever and felt by all that attended the event, which was the biggest to date!

When Hurricane Irene ripped through the island three-and-a-half months ago, many residents’ lives were interrupted and displaced. You couldn’t tell by looking at the happy and cheery faces of those that attended and participated in this year’s parade. The people of Hatteras Island are resilient, and the tight knit community became even closer after the events of the natural disaster.

The parade began at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continued through the village and ended at the Hatterasman Drive-In. There were fun floats, horses, bikes, fire trucks, marching bands, and, of course, Santa! After the parade, everyone was invited to the Civic Center for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winning floats.

This year’s winners were:

Brownie Troop 1660 – Most Comical. ($250)
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Most Creative ($250)
Creative Ballance (Dune Billy’s)- Most Comical ($250) The “Dune Billy’s” donated their winning to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
CHS Senior Class ($50)- Kids 1
CHS Sophomore Class ($50) Kids 2

From all of us at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

(The Hatteras Village Civic Association sponsors the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, held this year on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Hatteras village.)


The Hatteras Island Walk for the Cure

The sun was shining on the beautiful Friday morning and the outdoor temperature was just right for the Surf or Sound Walk for the Cure on April 29th to raise money for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Surf or Sound staff together with other members of the Hatteras Island community gathered at Ramp 23 in Salvo at 6am for the long walk. Everyone was excited and ready to get started.
The walk was very pleasant and we all had a chance to see Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo from a different perspective. I noticed so many little details for the first time – some older buildings I haven’t seen before, everything looked quite different. On the way we encountered a family of ducks and small ducklings – they were enjoying the outdoors as well. It was just a sweet time to get some exercise, fresh air, catch up with news from colleagues and most of all raise money to support our island residents in their fight with cancer.
We managed to walk from Ramp 23 to Mirlo Beach in about one hour and forty five minutes and enjoyed every minute of it. We hope you can join us next time on our fun and leisurely walk!
Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or mail checks to: Post Office Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943. The donations are tax deductible.


Surf or Sound is Taking a Step for the Cure!

Surf or Sound Realty’s staff along with other members of the community will be walking to raise funds for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation that offers financial help to island residents fighting cancer. The walk is scheduled for April 29, 2011 at 6am starting from Ramp 23 in Salvo and ending in Mirlo Beach. The walk is about 5 miles long and anyone is welcome to join.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) was founded in 2000 by Laney Howell who lost her battle with cancer in 2001. During her four and a half years of treatment after she had surgery in 1997, Laney received great support from Hatteras Island residents who brought meals, cleaned her home, cared for her family and drove her to medical appointments in Elizabeth City and Norfolk. She wanted to give back to the community by creating the cancer foundation to help patients on the island.

Today HICF continues to help island cancer patients with medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance and travel expenses to medical centers for cancer treatment. In addition to financial support, HICF volunteers help with everyday chores such as yard work, light housekeeping, shopping, and meal preparation.

There is a great need today for this support in the Hatteras Island Community. Angie Ballance is a local resident who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is only 32 years old and is married with two young daughters, Karlene and Kimber. Her parents work and live here on the island as well. Her husband works in Frisco at the Frisco Rod and Gun and Angie is a dental assistant at Dr. Slagle’s office in Frisco.

Angie has started a blog to journal her experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer. It offers a very close to home example of what all men and women and their families have to go through in their fight against cancer. In Angie’s words, “I want young women to be aware of the importance of doing self exams, and if it takes my going through this to save someone else’s life, then maybe that is God’s plan.” You can visit her blog at http://keepingballance.blogspot.com/.

Surf or Sound Realty wants to support the efforts of the HICF by giving back to the Hatteras Island community. Please support our effort to raise funds for this great cause by sending your donations to the HICF. To make a donation please make checks payable to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. You can mail the checks directly to the foundation Post Office Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943. You can also make donations online by going to http://hicf.org/. The donations are tax deductible.

You are welcome to drop the checks off at our two offices in Avon or Salvo as well for your convenience. There will be buckets available for donations at multiple Hatteras Island businesses. When making your donation, please mention your support of “Surf or Sound Taking a Step for the Cure”.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the walk!


Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation annual dance will be March 20

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s anticipated annual dance will be a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the foundation and its annual fundraiser.

Every year the Cancer Foundation dance has a new theme, from pirates to the roaring 20s, encouraging participants to dress up in costume and share in the fun. To mark this milestone, the theme of this year’s dance is “Toast to 10 Years of Sharing and Caring.” Continue reading


Save the date for annual spring dance

The ninth annual Spring Dance, sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) will be on Saturday, March 21 at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. Tickets will be available in advance and all proceeds go to HICF to help support those in the community faced with the many challenges of cancer.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the dance ends at midnight. There will be a full buffet, beer, wine, soda, and the civic center will be decorated in style. Music this year will be by the 360 Degree Band. Continue reading