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July 11, 2008

Dock of the Bay event celebrates fifth successful year

4-H'ers at Dock event
4-H'ers proudly perform opening ceremonies at the Fifth Annual 'On the Dock of the Bay.'

North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s annual 4-H “On the Dock of the Bay” waterside soiree at the Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center turned five years old this spring.

On May 3, celebrating with a tropical theme and “Carolina beach music” by the high-energy Craig Woolard Band, dance fans filled the center’s boardwalk on the shore of Bulls Bay. Woolard sang lead with the Embers for 27 years.

Earlier in the day 4-H’ers and others also celebrated the opening of three cabins – the BB&T One and Two and the Walter Davis – as well as the County of Dare Dockside Dining Room and the Embarq and East Carolina Bank Executive Dining Room.

East Carolina Bank, Embarq and the North Carolina Farm Bureau were among the event’s first signature ($5,000) sponsors, said Sara Lilley Phelps, the center’s marketing director.

Guests also previewed newly decorated rooms in the executive lodge, including the Iberia Roach Tunnel, Colonial Edenton, Chowan County and Pasquotank County rooms.

The 300 or more beach music enthusiasts helped 4-H net more than $50,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent auction, a John Deere lawnmower raffle and a sunset “dockside diamond champagne toast,” with a champagne diamond donated by Tim Crank, owner of Natural Creations of Kitty Hawk,

The event’s signature dessert, a “s’mores” chocolate fountain, was also sponsored by East Carolina Bank.

Dock of the Bay supports camping scholarships for 4-H youth from Cooperative Extension’s Northeastern region, as well as the center’s building fund, Phelps said.

A few sponsors included:
Gold ($2,500): Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cahoon, N .C. Farm Bureau and the N.C. 4-H Development Fund.

Silver ($1,000): Chowan Hospital and the Tyrrell County Farm Bureau.

Bronze ($500): Seventeen sponsors, for $8,500.

Green ($250): Twenty-eight sponsors, for more than $7,000.

Also, numerous businesses and individuals donated as in-kind sponsors or silent auction donors, Phelps said.

Dock of the Bay was also supported regionally by Cooperative Extension colleagues and 4-H programs through publicity, event donations and ticket sales.

The Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center is operated through the N.C. 4-H Youth Development & Family and Consumer Sciences Department, Cooperative Extension and North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Posted by Art at July 11, 2008 03:13 PM