I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for the marvelous way they supported the EMS pancake breakfast for officers Duty and Odom. I had the privilege of working at the breakfast from 6:30am till almost 11:30am. It was so wonderful to see the outpouring of love and concern from our community. I am pleased to report that almost $14,000 was raised at the pancake breakfast. I would like to thank all the hard working volunteers who worked throughout the event. Emerald Isle is a caring community. I am so proud to be Mayor of Emerald Isle and events like this only prove that WE CARE! Let us continue to be in prayer for Officers Duty and Odom. The next Pancake Breakfast will be on Saturday, November 26th at the EMS building from 7-11am. All proceeds from this breakfast will benefit the EMS.
The annual Veterans Day Parade in Morehead City will be on Saturday, November 5th. The parade starts at 11am. Please join me in Morehead City for this wonderful day as we salute our Veterans. We appreciate all of our Veterans and this parade is a great way to salute our Veterans. I always enjoy riding in this parade and I am looking forward to being a participant again this year. It is my understanding that this parade is the largest Veterans Day Parade in North Carolina. See you on November 5th as we honor our Veterans and say thank-you for your service.
Hats off to FISHIN’ FOR A CURE. This nonprofit organization is based in Emerald Isle. Their goal is to raise awareness of the importance of early detection as well as fighting to find a cure for women’s cancer. It was created in October 2013. It began with a small group of women who wanted to take their friend, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, fishing. Over the past few years the group of supportive friend grew and grew. In its first year Fishin’ for a Cure raised over $21,000 to support local nonprofit organizations. In 2014, they established a Hope Fund. This money is earmarked specifically for cancer patients who may need assistance during their journey. In 2015 they raised over $57,000. Thanks to our own FISHIN’ FOR A CURE. What an outstanding organization.
It is hard to believe that our annual Emerald Isle Christmas parade is just around the corner. Our parade this year will be held on Saturday, November 26th beginning at 3pm. This has become a great way to begin the Christmas Season. I would like to thank the Emerald Isle Business Association for their leadership in sponsoring the parade. A big thank you to Don Wells for serving as the chairperson of the parade. Immediately after the parade we will light our town Christmas Tree and have light refreshments. This event will be at the Welcome Center. Santa Claus will also be in attendance for photos with the children. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 26th.
In closing, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. We are so blessed and fortunate to call Emerald Isle home. To our residents, part time residents and visitors may you have a great and Happy Thanksgiving. Let us remember to give thanks for each and every blessing of life. I am so thankful to have the opportunity and privilege to serve as your Mayor.