Reprinted from the Island Free Press  - October 30, 2017



Albatross Fall Female Classic Raises $3,300

for Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation





This year marked the Albatross Fleet’s 80th anniversary, and while the famed local fleet has held big celebrations for prior anniversaries, this year they decided that they wanted to celebrate the milestone occasion by giving back to the community.


To commemorate their longevity, the Albatross Fleet decided to raise money to support the newly formed Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Endowment Fund, which is being held and managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation.


And how did the esteemed fishing charter fleet support the endowment fund? With a fishing tournament, of course.


The all-women’s offshore fishing tournament – the Albatross Fall Female Classic – was held on Saturday, October 28, and was a great event that was accented with perfect October weather.


The Albatross Fleet offered up two of their boats, the Albatross II and the Albatross III, to take out 12 women to fish for the day.  The crews of these boats, Captain Ernie Foster with Mate Wheeler Balance, and Captain Brian Mattingly with Mate Sumner Mattingly, all forwent their pay for the day as well, donating their time to support the cause.


Each woman donated $250 to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.  For their donation, they were treated to a day out on the water, with breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks all provided, and gift bags that were filled with all sorts of great items which were donated from local businesses and residents.


This was all secondary to the fellowship and camaraderie that the anglers enjoyed among friends, both old and new.  Additional donations also came in from bystanders both early in the morning as the ladies were preparing to board the boats, and in the afternoon when everyone involved was celebrating the catches of the day.


In total, $3,300 was raised during the event, with participants noting that the day of fall fishing was a success in more ways than one.


“The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation would like to sincerely thank the Albatross Fleet for including us in their celebration of their 80th anniversary,” said HICF representatives in a statement.  “They coordinated this event for us, lining up all the anglers and getting so many of our local businesses and residents to donate for this event.”


“It is their hope as well as ours that this will be an event that will grow over the years, with more boats becoming involved.  Neighbors helping neighbors!”


Donations to the HICF Endowment Fund continue to be accepted and appreciated and can be sent to:

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation

PO Box 442

Hatteras, NC 27943


Please write “Endowment” on the Memo Line.







Reprinted from the Island Free Press  - October 9, 2017



Hatteras Island Thinks Pink for Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K













































The Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood in Avon was a much more colorful community on Saturday morning, October 7, thanks to the 14th Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K.


The event, which was cancelled last year due to Hurricane Matthew, has been a popular fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) for over a decade, and serves as a great opportunity for people to don their hottest shades of pink while supporting a great cause.


Adults, kids, and pups all gathered at the Sun Realty office on Monday morning to join in the event, which raised $9,914 to help neighbors on Hatteras Island battling cancer. Roughly 80 people ran, walked, or meandered through the soundside route, causing a few double takes by visitors who were surprised to see dogs in pink tutus, a flurry of pink shirts and wigs, and bikes that were decked out in rosy streamers and flowers.


Pennsylvania residents Dan and Robin Adams Rothermel, who donated 100% of the T-shirts for 2017’s event, first learned about the annual 5K by simply noticing the pink-infused scene several years ago.


“We were going to Food Lion and saw a large group of people all in pink,” says Robin. “I had done 5Ks before and thought it would be cool to do one here, so we joined in.” Robin immediately donned her running gear in the Rothermels’ truck, and off she went. The Rothermels loved the spontaneity of the day, and looked forward to joining in the annual race in future years.


But the race took on a personal note in 2017 for the Rothermels, after Robin was herself diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring.


“It has a different meaning now,” says Robin, “and we wanted to find a way to contribute more.”


Robin spent her recovery after her June operation at the beach, noting that the Hatteras Island landscape made her feel better. “My recuperation was spent at the Point,” she says. “No matter how crappy I was feeling, I got down here and felt that all was right with the world.”


Their love of the beach, as well as their appreciation of the local community, led the Rothermels to contribute to 2017’s event in a major and wonderful way.


In a fantastic turn of events, Dan, who owns a t-shirt printing business, offered to make and donate all of the shirts for this year’s 5K. It was an offer that came just in the nick of time, as unbeknownst to the Rothermels, there were no shirts for this year’s runners due to unexpected complications.


“We were happy to help,” says Dan. “We spent our summer here and got to know so many people, and we love the local community. Everyone is so nice, and we wanted to give something back.”


Another participant who left a noticeable mark on this year’s event was two-time cancer survivor and multiple-time winner of the annual “Pinked Out” contest, Connie Meekins. Connie was awarded a pinked out gift basket donated by Lee Robinson's General Store.


Rocking head-to-toe pink, which included a hot pink wig topped with seashells and a football, Connie was a stand-out in the crowd, and attracted a lot of attention from passer-bys in the Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood.


“I think the most I spent on my outfit was $10,” said Connie. “I raided the Halloween section at Walmart, and got a few items at the Dollar Tree.”


Connie, who battled breast cancer in 2014, once again won the award for wearing the most pink at 2017’s event, and walked a good portion of the 5K despite having recent knee surgery in the summer.


“I was a little nervous about [doing the 5K], but I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”


The event drew a number of cancer survivors of all ages and their supporters, as well as friends, kids, adults, and even costumed dogs.


Mariah James, owner of Old Gray House Gifts in Buxton, brought her two male pups Tucker and Luke to the race. Wearing matching pink tutus, the dogs took both the race and the pink theme in stride.


“They don’t seem to mind the pink at all,” said James.


After the race, participants munched on barbecue sandwiches and chips donated by Marlin Catering and Hatteras Marlin Club, and hung out to hear the announcement of the winners. First place through third placer prizes were given out for multiple age categories, and there was also a raffle with tons of enticing prizes from local businesses.


The warm weather and light breeze brought an extra dose of sunshine to the already bright and festive event, and more than one participant said they were already looking forward to next year.


“We’ll definitely be back,” said Dan Rothermel. “This is a great event, and we’re just happy we can help.”



Click Here for a list of the HICF Positively Pink 5K Winners


Click Here To View The Slide Show


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and the following sponsors for making this year’s Positively Pink 5K a success.




Mead L. Slagle, DDS

Greater Kinnakeet Shores

East Cape Clothing Co. - Dan and Robin Adams Rothermel




Ace Hardware  •  NC 12 Realty  •  Batchelor Homes




Atlantic Coast Cafe  •  Studio 12  •  Sun Realty

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative  •  Koru Village

Kostich & O’Neal CPA  •  Shore Details

Water’s Edge Landscaping  •  Kempsville Building Materials

Inn on Pamlico Sound  •  OBX Spice Company, Inc.

Hatteras Harbor Marina • Avon Property Owners Assoc.




Hatteras Wedding Ministry  •  Cape Hatteras Motel

Hatteras Marlin Club  •  Albatross Fleet

SeaWorthy Gallery  •  Kim Hockenbury / Carolina Kids

Conner’s Supermarket  •  Michael Halminski Photography




Dinky's Waterfront Restaurant  •  Saltair Images Art Studio

Island Convenience  •  Teach's Lair Marina  •  Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Hatteras Harbor Marina  •  Marlin Catering  •  Hatteras Marlin Club

Stu's Donut's •  Capt'n Rolos  •  Lee Robinson's General Store






Reprinted from the Island Free Press  - April 10, 2017



HICF Raises Funds – and the Roof – at 17th Annual Spring Dance







The Hatteras Civic Center was hopping on Saturday night, as residents came together to support one of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s (HICF) most anticipated events of the year, the annual spring soiree.


This year’s theme was the "Enchanted Spring Forest," and the traditionally stark civic center was decked out in lights and wispy forest décor to create an elegant atmosphere.


A generous multi-course meal was stationed along one side of the Civic Center, with tempting fare that included seafood lasagna, grilled London broil, and steamed clams and shrimp. A bar with beer, wine and mixers was stationed on the other side of the room, with tip jars that were overflowing with donations for the HICF.


A silent auction with a wealth of items donated by generous local businesses also garnered a lot of attention, with everything from goodie baskets and jewelry, to ½ day fishing trips and dolphin cruises.


Of course, despite the elegant surroundings, there was also plenty of action at the spring soiree, which was primarily concentrated in two places – the “Let’s take a Selfie!” station, and the Dance Floor.


The selfie station was lined with props of all varieties – wigs, hats, stuffed animals, sunglasses, and a very popular fake parrot - which photogenic attendees used in remarkably creative ways for stunning portraits. The end result was a collection of fabulous photos, which served as proof that if you want to take a great photo with giggling faces, all you need is a Viking helmet and / or a fake parrot.


Meanwhile, The Stone Aged Romeos from Raleigh provided a night full of music, and attendees took full advantage of the opportunity to kick off their heels and have some fun. Throughout the night, the ladies in particular stormed the dance floor, while tolerant husbands looked on, or in more daring cases, joined their partners in dancing to covers of everything from Johnny Cash to Footloose.


Overall, the night was a smashing success with one of the highest attendances in years, and most importantly, an estimated $10,000 raised for Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.


A list of sponsors and local businesses who helped make this year’s spring event successful can be found online at


Folks who missed this year’s soiree will have other opportunities to connect with HIFC in the not-so-distant future, too. Check out the HIFC’s website at for details on upcoming events, including an HICF Paddle Palooza that will be held in early June.


In the meantime, the HIFC thanks everyone involved for helping make the 17th annual Spring Soiree one of the most memorable – and celebration-worthy – events yet.



Click Here To View Slide Show

Click Here To View Let's Take A Selfie Photos





Reprinted from the Island Free Press - April 27, 2016


Cancer Foundation spring dance celebrates the '80s....WITH SLIDE SHOWS


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) hosted its 16th annual Spring Dance fundraiser on April 16 at the Marlin Club in Hatteras village.  The dance, themed "'80s Explosion” was a "wild success," according to board members.


"HICF raised $8,000 from a great crowd, generous sponsors and the help of many volunteers," the foundation said in a news release.


The money raised will provide support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


The Virginia Beach-based band, Vinyl Headlights, performed as “'80s Explosion,” rocking big hair and colorful costumes that represented the decade known for metal bands and wild fashion.  Supporters from all over joined in the themed fun by donning a wide array of '80s fashion and hairstyles.  Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, silent auction, the “Let’s Take a Selfie" station, and a costume contest.


HICF, an all-volunteer non-profit, hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, including the Big Rock Cookout in June, the Chowder Cook-off at the Day at the Docks event in September, the Fun Run in October, and the Spring Dance each April.


For more information, or to make a donation, visit














Reprinted from the Island Free Press - October 12, 2015



Pinked-out people run and walk to help

Hatteras cancer patients ...WITH SLIDE SHOW






A sea of people in pink brightened up a gloomy morning in Avon on Saturday, Oct. 10, as 78 island residents and visitors ran, jogged, walked, biked, and pushed strollers in the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's 12th annual Fun Run.


The 80 percent chance of showers forecast by the weathermen held out until later in the day, and the race was run under cloudy and breezy conditions with the temperature at about 70 degrees.


The 5K course began and ended at Sun Realty and took the participants through the streets in Kinnakeet Shores as they moved along to the music on a playlist designed just for the event by Jonah Dixon.


All participants and spectators are urged to wear pink, and they never disappoint. This year the crowd was "pinked-out" to the hilt with every shade of pink you could think of on every possible type of apparel -- pink T-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes, shorts, tights, tutus, hats, and headbands.


Prizes for the most "pinked out" adult went to Connie Meekins, and Paizley Schultz won among the kids.


In the race, Joe Caroppoli took first place in the men's division, and Kaylee Barnett placed first for the women's.  First place for a male under 12 went to Liam Van Druten and for a female under 12, Chloe Flythe took the honors.


Second place winners were Matthew Cartwright for men, Chris Caroppoli for women,  Landon Sonnier for males under 12, and Karlene Ballance for females under 12.


Belton Gray won third in the men's division, and Avery Johnson took third for the women. Laura Hooper placed third in females under 12.


After the main event, the crowd enjoyed barbecue by "Crazy Johnny" Conner as the music played and event organizers drew names for "door" prizes, which were donated by local businesses.


Event organizer Donna Barnett said that this year's Fun Run set a record for the funds raised over -- $10,000 to help Hatteras Island cancer patients with their medical and travel expenses.


The 2015 Fun Run sponsors included:



Cape Hatteras Exxon •  Cape Hatteras Car Wash & Jarvis Towing

Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners •  Mead L. Slagle, DDS



Rocco's Pizza



Sun Realty • Hatteras Realty  •  Outer Beaches Realty  •  Frisco MIni Gold & Go Karts

Cape Hatteras Electric Coop Avon Property Owner's Association  •  Albatross Fleet

Gallop Funeral Home  •  Quarterdeck Restaurant Conner's Supermarket  •  Coastal Animal Clinic

Shore Details  • Sound Construction  •  Island Convenience  •  Ocean Atlantic Rentals



Hatteras Marlin Club  •  Hatteras Harbor Marina •  Seagull Motel  •  Hatteras Wedding Ministries

Dixon & Dixon Law Offices • Happy Belly Ice Cream  •  Cape Hatteras Motel

Risky Business Seafood  •   Blue Pelican Gallery

 Kostich & O'Neal  •  Atlantic Coast Cafe •  Cape Dredging  •  Izabelle's Closet


Click Here To View Slide Show









Reprinted from the Island Free Press - April 16, 2015



Cancer Foundation's annual dance was

just the 'bee's knees'...WITH SLIDE SHOW





The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's annual Spring Dance this year was not only the bee's knees, it was the berries.  The Cat's Meow.  And just swell.


About 150 gals and their daddies showed up to enjoy Saturday evening, April 11, in Roaring Twenties style while raising money to help Hatteras Island cancer patients.


Cancer Foundation board members and volunteers remade the Hatteras Civic Center into a scene reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.  The joint was decked out with wall hangings that evoked "The Great Gatsby," while tables were covered with shimmering cloths and adorned with candelabras and tall black vases with black and white feathers.


Most of the guests came dolled up for the evening.  Women were dressed in the best flapper styles with straight, short, dropped-waist dresses lots of beads, hats, headbands, and feather boas. These dames were nothing if not really ritzy and swanky.


Their dappers were spiffy, whether in gangster garb or tuxes with ties, vests, hats, or suspenders.


The back, storage room was emptied out and became the speakeasy for the evening, where the guests could enjoy just a little hooch. It was decorated with old whiskey bottles, crates, barrels, and a mural of bottles and glasses as they would appear behind the bar, painted by local artist Trish Dempsey.


Elegant tables in the room were spread with a buffet that included such culinary delights as avocado deviled eggs, fresh tuna salad wraps, Thai-glazed chicken skewers, jerk grilled shrimp, spinach pasta, meatballs and stuffed mushroom, oysters Rockefeller, and Greek roasted pork tenderloin -- all donated by island restaurants or businesses. Desserts were cupcakes from Scratch Made Snackery in Hatteras village, fudge from the Scotch Bonnet, and pound cake bites to dip in chocolate, caramel or whipped cream.


It was, for sure, a copacetic evening that hit on all sixes!


"Thanks to the all those in the community who attended, donated food, money or your time," said Cancer Foundation president, Sydnee Slaughter. "We couldn't do it without you. It takes an island!


(For more information on the Cancer Foundation and how you can help or get help, go to the group's website at And to bone up on the vernacular of the Roaring Twenties, you can go to









Reprinted from the Island Free Press - January 6, 2015



And the Winner is…..Hatteras Island Cancer

Foundation Draws Winner for 1-Week Vacation


On December 31, 2014, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation wrapped up its raffle for a 1-week stay at Fin City by drawing the lucky winner.  And that winner was Bob Lerner from Edgewater, MD.  The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has always had the support of everyone here on the Island, but this raffle was designed to generate awareness of this group for those off the Island, those who love the Island or the people who call Hatteras home.


Fin City, an oceanfront home in Frisco, has 4 master bedrooms, all with king sized beds, and is owned by Jon and Kim Wheeler of Virginia Beach, VA.  Jon and Kim donated their home to HICF to raffle off.  Only 300 tickets were available, and HICF was able to raise $5,025 from the sales of these tickets.


291 of the 300 tickets were ultimately sold, with sales coming from 11 different states – North Carolina, DC, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Only 51 of the tickets were sold to people here on Hatteras Island, with a large percent of those sales coming on New Year’s Eve.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is looking forward to continued support from those here on the Island and is hoping to continue to make others aware of their organization and its efforts to provide support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


Stay tuned, you never know what we may raffle off next!!




Reprinted from the Island Free Press - October 13, 2014



Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration





The 11th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run was held on Saturday, and the survivors won.


First across the finish line for the men was Keith Gray at a little more than 18 minutes. Evan O’Connell came in at a little over 20 minutes to pace the women. They were the runners who took home the first-place trophies, but the winners were the women resplendent in pink who had survived breast cancer and were celebrating life.


The survivors were everywhere with their families and teams, all of them in pink, calling attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of them walked the 3.1 mile course from the starting line at the Sun Realty office in Avon; some rode bikes; but all of them made it to the timer at the finish line.


The real story though are the many tales of triumph over fear.


There was Kim Martin, newly cancer-free, decked out from head to toe in pink—including her pink hat and pink wig.


“I’m walking, not running,” she said.


Saturday began as a hot, humid day, and by the time Martin got to the finish line, she was carrying her hat and wig, but she and her team did walk across the finish line together.


Claudia and Jan Laskow rode their bikes. The focus of Team PowPow during her breast cancer treatment in 2012-2013, it was hard to miss Claudia, with her pink frilly tutu and pink boxing gloves on the front of her bike.


“I drove them crazy at the UNC Cancer Center. I would dress up the chemo containers with a tutu,” Claudia said.


The medicine and treatment was provided by the medical team at UNC, but it was the community that gave the Laskows the support that carried them through.


“I don’t know how we could have paid for this without the help of the foundation,” Jan said. After one of Claudia’s treatments, I went down to the hospital pharmacy to get the medicine for one of her shots, and it was $7,000.”


Helping with the financial burden of  cancer treatment is one of the ways the HICF provides support to Hatteras Island families, according to the foundation's vice president and race director, Donna Barnett. “We help with medical expenses that are not covered by insurance,” she said. “We also help with travel expenses. That’s one of the largest expenses a lot of times.”


The 5K is the biggest fundraiser for the foundation and, according to Barnett, this year’s event was tremendously successful. “We had over $5,000 before the day even started,” she said. “We keep asking and they keep giving. The whole community supports us and we couldn't do what we do without them.”


The final total raised for cancer patients was more than $9,000 from 107 runners and walkers and other donations.


The donations include a contribution from Jan and Claudia Laskow’s business, Outer Banks Fire Protection. “They helped us so much,” Jan said. “We had to give back.”


Kim Martin won the award for the Most Pinked Out adult, and Nova Forman won in the children's category.


If you didn't participate in the Fun Run, you can still support the foundation with a donation.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is a non-profit giving support and aid to Hatteras Island residents undergoing cancer treatment.


In addition to financial aid, the HICF sponsors a cancer support group the third Wednesday of the month at the Our Lady of the Seas Recreational Hall in Buxton.


The HICF Fun Run course through Kinnakeet Shores has been recently certified by USA Track & Field's Road Running Technical Council as 5,000 kilometers.








Reprinted from the  Island Free Press - April 8, 2014



Dancing, dining, and gaming to benefit

Hatteras cancer patients….WITH SLIDE SHOW




More than 150 guests danced, dined, and played the gaming tables at the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s annual Spring Dance on Saturday night, April 5, at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.


And they raised more than $4,000 to help island cancer patients pay for treatment and medications not covered by insurance.


The theme was "Viva Las Hatteras.” The civic center was done up in Las-Vegas style décor, including feather centerpieces, up-lighting, red rose flower arrangements, and a mural of Las Vegas on the wall. The buffet dinner was provided by several area restaurants and businesses on the island.


The band, Jack Jack 180, from Wilmington, N.C., kept everyone dancing, and guests seemed to enjoy playing at the gaming tables.


Caesars Palace in Las Vegas provided the grand prize for the evening -- a trip for two for a three-night stay at Caesars, two free dinners, tickets to shows, and limo service to and from the airport.  The winner of the prize was Jomi Price of Ketch 55 in Avon.


“We would like to thank everyone who attended or donated something to help us make this event happen,” said Sydnee Slaughter, president of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.









Breakwater Restaurant  •  Brenda Bunting

Burrus Red And White   •  Cake Hatteras  •  Cape Dredging

Ceasar's Palace/Gary Loveman  •  Coastal Beverage • Coke

Conner's Supermarket   •  Dinky’s Restaurant  •  Donna Peele

Fish House Restaurant  •  Frisco Rod & Gun   •  Gia Telles

Haole's Sushi  •  Harbor Deli  •  Hatteras Marlin Club

Hatteras Sol  •  Hatterasman Drive-In  •  Island Convenience

Island Hopper Shuttle  •  Izabelle's Closet  •  Laura Young

Mutual Beverage  •  North Beach Sun  •  Oceana's Bistro

Owen's Restaurant  •  Pop's Raw Bar  • Risky Business Seafood

Rocco's  •  Sandbar & Grille   •  Sonny’s Restaurant

Sunflowers Florist  •  Suzette Caldeira •  Kathy Aiken

Food Lion  • Hatteras Village Civic Assoc. • Midgett Realty

Jennifer Meekins •  Julie Montgomery  •  Trip Lineberry

Ted Midgett  • Bill Ballance  • Wendy Sisler • Cassie Gray






November 18, 2013


TowneBank has contributed $10,000.00 to the

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation




TowneBank has contributed $10,000 to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.  The donation was one of four that were made at the bank’s recent grand opening of its Southern Shores branch.  TowneBank officials told representatives of HICF that they wanted people of Hatteras Island to know that they are part of their neighborhood too.


Also receiving donations were Outer Banks Food for Thought, a $10,000 donation, Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, a $10,000 donation and Outer Banks Marathon, a $25,000 donation.













Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation

Post Office Box 442

Hatteras, NC 27943


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