Womens Luncheon and Dessert Auction
As part of this annual event, it’s our pleasure to honor four local women who have a made a difference in the Outer Banks Community. These are women who stand out in their careers, their volunteer work, their community vision, and their commitment to their families. While there are many that could be selected, this year four have been chosen for the honor.
Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy is a well-known reporter for the Coastland Times, she is often seen at county meetings and events. After moving to Rodanthe, Mary Helen spent 10 years serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. In 1987, she worked to establish the Hotline Thrift Store on Hatteras Island, which helps raise funds for domestic violence selling gently used goods. Goodloe-Murphy volunteers her time as a statistician, traveling throughout northeastern North Carolina to support the Hatteras Island Hurricanes. She takes a genuine interest in the children of Hatteras Island and their well-being. She also started the Rodanthe Recycling Center, which received an award its second year of operation. She dedicates time each day to make sure everything is in proper order at the recycling center.
Goodloe-Murphy serves as the president of the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and has helped organize many events, including the 4th of July celebrations, Dr. Suess’ birthday party and the only Halloween Parade on the Outer Banks. She oversaw the process and wrote the grant to have the Cape Hatteras National Seashore designated a National Byway in 2009. She continues to serve and chairs on the county’s Scenic Byway Committee and has worked to obtain grant funds to establish pathways on Hatteras Island. Whenever something good happens on Hatteras Island Mary Helen’s name is somehow associated with it; she continues to demonstrate an incredible commitment to our community and works tirelessly to make the Outer Banks a better place to live.
Tameron Kugler is the Tourism Director for Currituck County and has served in this role since 2014. Tameron has continued to bring a sense of pride to the tourism marketing campaign for Currituck County. She oversees the daily operations of the Currituck County Travel & Tourism Department and its professional staff. The office is responsible for the branding and marketing of Currituck County from the beaches to the border with Virginia.
Tameron, along with her husband, also owns Coastal Carolina Water a local distributor of Le Bleu. Tameron is a member of the Wild Goose Rotary Club of Currituck and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2012 for Area One. She is also a member of the NC Travel Association Industry, the Currituck and Outer Banks Chambers of Commerce, the Currituck Economic Development Board, Currituck Colored School, Whalehead Club and Green Wing Teal program for Ducks Unlimited. Tameron is also a graduate of the Southeastern Tourism Society, Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP).
Lorelei Costa has served the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation since 2012, managing charitable funds which provide grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students. The organization has awarded over $8 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1982.
Developing strong community relationships is one of Lorelei’s strongest assets. She has grown the organization and continued its legacy as a shining star in the community. During her tenure at the Community Foundation, Lorelei has enhanced the awareness of the organization and its mission throughout the region, increasing the number of endowment funds by 65% and bringing the overall endowment of the organization from under $10 million to over $17 million today.
In addition to her role at the Community Foundation, Lorelei is a member of the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Southern Shores Fire Department. Lorelei also recently fulfilled a personal passion by becoming certified as a foster parent. She lives in Southern Shores with her beloved rescue dog, Teka (TECK-KUH).
Dorothy Hester began her career with Dare County in 1997. As the Public Information Officer, she has played an integral role in connecting local government to the community and has been a proponent for transparency throughout her career. In the words of Bobby Outten, Dare County Manager “Dorothy is the face of Dare County.” Dorothy has worked tirelessly day and night through 13 major hurricanes - including Hurricane Isabel in 2003, Hurricane Irene in 2011, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Dorothy was a key player in the launch of Outer Banks Catch and in 2011 she helped establish NC Catch, a nonprofit statewide initiative seeking to raise public interest of locally caught seafood in an effort to strengthen the North Carolina seafood economy through promotion and education. She served as President of North Carolina Catch for 3 years.
Dorothy served on the Outer Banks Community Foundation board from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 through 2016, for a total of 10 years. In 2016, Dorothy served as president. Under her presidency the Community Foundation implemented its first strategic plan, added 11 new funds, grew its endowment by 10% in assets (almost $1.5 million dollars in growth), and most importantly gave out a record-breaking $700,000 in grants and scholarships.
Thank you to our sponsors
“Rose” Title Sponsor: Elite Insurance Agency
“Orchid” Sponsor: Peak Resources
“Lily” Sponsor: Outer Banks Dermatology
“Tulip” Sponsors: Atlantic Realty, Carolina Designs Realty, Friends of Elizabeth II, Paul Mann Custom Boats, Phoenix Restoration, Publix Super Markets, Southern Shores Realty
Floral Sponsor: Anderson Florist OBX
Gift Sponsor: The Christmas Shop & General Store
Photographer: Anne Snape Photography
And Special thanks to Music Entertainment and Audio Provider: AcoustEvents OBX for today and last night’s event!
Thank you to Caroline and Vicki Basnight and the staff at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe for the great lunch.