Annual Meeting and Award Celebration 2018
2018 Chamber of Commerce Award Winners
2018 Volunteer of the Year
Ashley Misselwitz, Nags Head Self Storage
This year’s winner was seen throughout the year at ribbon cuttings, diplomat meetings, the reverse raffle, leadership OBX and more. In addition, this person secured items for raffles, sold tickets and brought us new member prospects. Even up to her last weeks in her pregnancy she could be seen helping us in a variety of ways. The chamber recognizes Ashley for her dedication and help over the past year.
2018 Director of the Year
Scott DeMasse, CMIT Solutions (not pictured)
Jeff Schwartzenberg, OBX Frozen Yogurt
2018 Member of the Year
The Outer Banks Hospital, Ronnie Sloan
The Outer Banks Hospital has been a strong supporter of the Chamber for many years. Sponsoring several of our annual programs and getting their employees involved in the opportunities presented by the Chamber make The Outer Banks Hospital a very engaged member of the chamber and community. This year the Chamber introduced a new Dues Investment Model that included an opportunity for businesses to support the chamber through a Capital Investment program. The Outer Banks Hospital was the first to sign-on and commit to the CORNERSTONE LEVEL of investment with the organization. Congratulations to Ronnie Sloan and The Outer Banks Hospital.
2018 Non-Profit of the Year
(Sponsored by Days Inn Oceanfront Wright Brothers and Mariner_
Don & Catherine Bryan Cultural Series, Dianne Denny
This year’s recipient is an organization and nonprofit who is very young by most standards. Celebrating 5 years, this organization strives to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary and performing arts.
Starting with their first event in 2013 the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series has entertained, inspired and educated thousands of locals and visitors alike. From Pulitzer Prize winning authors to poets, painters and pianists the Bryan Cultural Series has continued to bring events of the highest quality to the Outer Banks that attract an audience of locals and out of town guests.
The single most obvious way in which the organization has made the greatest impact is by bringing renowned events to the community at an extremely affordable ticket price. In addition, or many event free admission has been offered to students at all grade levels including COA.
In 2016 more than 1,000 students from all Dare County Schools participated in programs sponsored by the Bryan Cultural Series and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina provided $5,000 in grants to local art teachers for classroom supplies as part of their annual exhibition sponsored by the Series.
Funding for the Bryan Cultural Series comes in part from the endowment established by the Bryan's and managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Ticket sales provide additional revenue but the group has kept its ticket prices affordable for all. Events are generally priced at $15 in advance and never more than $20 in advance. The Series has also received support from local businesses and the public and applies for grant funding when its program goals align with those of the funders.