OBX Jeep Charities – a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides various resources, programs and activities designed to improve the lives of Dare County citizens – has raised and donated $35,000 to the Games Dare County Special Olympics.
A check for funds raised at the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion event was presented to Dare County Special Olympics Coordinator Jackie Pikulski Frappier and Dare County Special Olympics Athlete Dorothy “Dottie” Patton by Dare County Commissioner and OBX Jeep Invasion Coordinator Steve House at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held at 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2022.
Held from Friday, October 7, 2022 through Sunday, October 9, 2022, the 2022 OBX Beach Invasion brought 796 Jeeps to the Outer Banks to witness the three-day event, which featured 38 vendors at the Soundside event site in Nags Head, live music provided by The Ramble and Jonny Waters Band, Dare MedFlight tour, poker run, vendor bingo and charity ride on Kitty Hawk Beach, plus an array of raffles and prizes , many of which were Jeep-related.
“We are absolutely blown away; thank you very much,” Frappier said after receiving the donation. “On behalf of Dare County Special Olympics, thank you very much for your contribution, your donation. We are more than grateful. One thing that’s really important to our athletes is making sure that no cost is ever passed on to just one of our athletes, so that’s going to help tremendously with that.
Image of Commissioner House and fellow OBX Jeep Charities members presenting a check to Dare County Special Olympics Coordinator Jackie Pikulski Frappier and Dare County Special Olympics Athlete Dorothy “Dottie “Patton.
Dare County Special Olympics offers year-round athletic training and competition in a variety of sports ranging from bocce, bowling and basketball to cheerleading, track and field and horseback riding for children and adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities. The organization provides opportunities for Outer Banks athletes aged 8 and over to develop their physical fitness, improve their athletic abilities, forge new friendships and enjoy a sense of social inclusion by helping them to connect with other athletes, coaches and volunteers in the Dare County community.
Frappier also highlighted how the Special Olympics program has expanded over the past few years, with several new sports set to be added for future seasons.
“We’re now preparing to add golf, and we’re going to add tennis as well, so that’s going to help those programs get started and run,” she said. “It helps us pay our travel expenses, buy equipment and uniforms. It helps provide everything we need for all of our competitions and invitations, and it will really help these guys get out there and compete. They like to compete; it’s something incredibly important to them. They really have the opportunity to shine and be themselves going out and competing – and they have the highest level of sportsmanship of anyone I think I’ve ever seen. So we are truly honoured. I don’t even think we can say thank you enough for that.
In addition to Special Olympics Dare County, funds raised from the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion also benefited a second organization selected by OBX Jeep Charities: the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. During his presentation, House introduced Brook Sparks, a local representative of the organization that serves our country’s Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sports as a way to recognize and honor their sacrifice. , with a check for $6,000.
Image of Commissioner House and fellow OBX Jeep Charities members presenting a check to local Wounded Warriors in Action representative Brook Sparks.
Participants in the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion also collected 2,500 pounds of non-perishable food which was donated to the Beach Food Pantry in Kitty Hawk, and on Sunday, October 9, 2022, over 200 Jeeps took part in the Lighthouse to Lighthouse Ride , which raised $500 and collected dozens of toys to be donated to the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center’s annual toy drive that benefits underprivileged children in Dare County.
At the end of his presentation, House announced the dates for the next OBX Jeep Invasion, which should be held in the spring.
“From May 12-14, 2023, we will be hitting the beach again, and we hope to see you all come and visit us,” he said. “Thank you all and thank you to the community for supporting us.”
Image of Commissioner House and fellow OBX Jeep Charities members speaking at the November 7, 2022 Board of Commissioners meeting.