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4-H camp finds funding on the dock of the bay

4-H camp finds funding on the dock of the bay
Beach music enthusiasts dance to the beat at the dock party, which raised more than $15,000 to support the Eastern 4-H Center camp.
(Photos By Art Latham)
The Eastern 4-H Center's first "On the Dock of the Bay" fund raiser in early June was a success, says Tommy Cahoon of Raleigh, event chairman.

"We raised more than $15,000 from sponsors and guest tickets," Cahoon says. "We'll use the funds for camper scholarships for youth to attend this 4-H camp as well as contribute to the youth cabin construction fund."

As the summer sun set, about 200 guests basked in cool breezes wafting off the bay and filled the bayside boardwalk to listen and dance to Steve Hardy's Original Beach Party, which featured genuine Carolina Beach Music such as the shag, twist, funky chicken and a plethora of beach music favorites from "Miss Grace" to "Carolina Girls."

When they rested, guests sampled a variety of fresh seafood on the center's waterfront boardwalk along Bull Bay or in a huge tent, and bid at a lively silent auction inside the Bayfront Dining Hall.

These volunteers welcomed 200 guests, who enjoyed a bayside seafood dinner.
Unique silent auction items donated by 4-H supporters from Raleigh to the coast included weekend getaways from the mountains to the Outer Banks, from rustic cabins to a N.C. State University football weekend in Raleigh. Other items included hammocks, golf packages, themed gift baskets, homemade fudge and antique charts such as a 1920 soils map of Tyrrell County.

Says Cahoon, "The support of people and businesses in Eastern North Carolina, as well as support of 4-H alumni and friends statewide, is critical to the continued growth and success of the Eastern 4-H Center.

"As demand increases for the center's use, we need to help all youth who want to attend," he says, "and we need to have the accommodations ready. Fundraisers like this are a wonderful way to start the ball rolling."

Cahoon says plans are under way for another "Dock" party next year.

-Art Latham