The Outer Banks Relief Foundation has been providing financial assistance to local families touched by personal tragedy since 2005. This month the Nags Head-based organization, also known as OBRF, is celebrating providing more than $2 million of relief funding to people who live and work here.
Kenny Lubosch is one of those people. When Kenny was in a serious car accident in 2017, he thought he’d be back to work a few weeks later. Instead, ankle and spinal injuries prevented him from working for three months. And he is the main provider for his family.
“The Relief Foundation helped us make it through, paying our largest and most important bills. Now that my accident is behind us, we’ve bought a home in Stumpy Point and recently became Relief Foundation donors ourselves.”
Each year over 100 Outer Banks families like the Lubosch’s are supported when catastrophic events derail their household stability. Relief funding is paid directly to creditors like mortgage companies, landlords, utility companies, and local auto repair shops.
“The positive impact of relief funding is felt everywhere in the community,” says Marc Hellman, manager of OBX Chevrolet Buick. “When families are assisted, parents and children have less stress, landlords aren’t pinched, and employees of local companies remain resilient. Think of the ripple effect of $2 million spent this way over fifteen years!”
OBX Chevrolet Buick is among the over 400 businesses, individuals, clubs, churches, and grant-makers who provide OBRF with its revenue. The Kitty Hawk car dealership and service center donated $25,000 to support the Relief Foundation’s work in 2020.
And community members’ demand for OBRF support will likely be record-breaking this year. The foundation has assisted 106 families so far in 2020, already more than were served last year.
Various charity events also provide relief funding, such as Couture by the Shore, the Townebank Outer Banks Marathon, this year’s Throwdown Surf Classic, Jersey Mike’s Month and Day of Giving, and the Nags Head Links Ladies’ Driving Fore the Cure.
“Generous community members continue to power the Relief Foundation’s impact,” says executive director Patty McKenna. “You are the donors, the sponsors, the organizers, the volunteers, and the event guests. I’m so proud that our community chooses to support and sustain this amazing resource for local families.”