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Thanks to Bob Holman for his direction and leadership in organizing this event. It
was a great success.
Our second event, the Warrior Reception and Auction, was held Thursday evening,
June 1, at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. As guests walked around the
aquarium, they enjoyed food donated by local restaurants and perused over 100 items
in the silent auction. Entertainment was provided by Barry Charlton. Hats and t-shirts
were sold by Lee Sullivan, and Elaine Holt offered raffle tickets that would be drawn at
the Kayak event. Tom Moeller and his crew kept the bar running and in good shape,
and a good time was had by all. Unfortunately, the fun and camaraderie were marred by
the fact that a bracelet and a necklace were stolen off the tables as the silent auction was
going on. This is the first time anything like this has happened. What kind of person
would steal from wounded warriors?
Once the silent auction was over, guests moved into the auditorium for a live auction
presided over by Tom King, who reminded people why they were there not just for
the food and fun, but for those who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.
Auctioneers on Deck, headed by our own Howard Henderson, kept the auction lively.
Many great items were available for bidding. Many thanks to Celeste Lindley and her
committee for their outstanding work in securing food donations as well as items for
the auctions. Many hours of work went into the success of this event.
Then it was on to our signature event, the 10th Annual Kayak/Paddleboard Race,
which was held at Garner Park on Saturday, June 3. What started 10 years ago with eight
kayakers has grown into an event that hosts 150 paddles. We could not have asked for
better weather. Tents, tables and chairs were set up by Dom BaccoUo and his crew, lunch
was served by Julie and Cam Anderson, and Elaine Holt supervised the raffle drawing.
Paddlers began arriving at 7:30 a.m., and with the help from the Single Marines
Program from Cherry Point, kayaks and paddleboards were safely unloaded and taken
to the water. The color guard from the Fort Macon Coast Guard Station presented the
colors, and Mayor Jones began the opening ceremonies. The elite kayakers moved out
on the first horn. These were folks who could do the course in 35 minutes or less. The
second horn sounded and the rest of the kayakers were on their way. The third group,
the paddleboarders, was signaled next and off they went. Ray Moore came in first in the
elite group, and our first paddleboarder was Joe Hunt. This year we were able to secure
the expertise of Queen City Timing, which was able to set up electronic timing for us.
This was much easier than working through manual timing, which we had done in
years past. Paddlers could use laptops that were set up to view their time as soon as they
came out of the water.
Paul Leslie was once again awarded the coveted Warrior Winner trophy. He achieved
this by having one second deducted from his raw time score for every dollar that was
donated in his name. He not only was presented with the trophy, but to celebrate our
10th anniversary, a handmade paddle was presented as well. Great job, Paul.
Mayor Jones and Sam Scudder presented the medals to paddlers in the following
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There were a total of 11 wounded warriors who joined us for the race. Folks from
Hope For The Warriors were there as well, cheering everyone on. Sam Scudder gets a
high five for his leadership once again in marshaling this event to a successful close.
As each Kayak year comes to a close, it never ceases to amaze at how dedicated,
committed and generous the Pine Knoll Shores community is year after year—not just
in monetary donations, but also in the number of volunteer hours that hundreds of
people spend to make these three events so successful. A list of donors and volunteers
will appear in next months Shoreline. We should have a total soon, so stay tuned. A huge
thank you to all who were involved.
Please see the “Town Crier” on pages 16-17 in this issue of Vie Shoreline for pictures
of this year s events.
Scam of the month: veterans’ health care (Continued from page 3)
Veterans who call the fake number are told they are entitled to a rebate if they
provide a credit card number. There is no rebate, but charges will be made against the
credit card account. The family of a North Carolina veteran received the letter and
contacted our office about this scam. Fortunately they did not fall for it.
Scammers commonly utilize look-alikes (logos and fonts that are similar to those
used by real companies, agencies, and charities) and sound-alikes (names that are
simftar to the real thing) to trick us. In this instance, the “hook” is a telephone number
that is very close to the actual number.
Don’t let scammers claim a victory at your expense. If you are a veteran or you are
helping a veteran access health care, remember:
• Dial carefully. The real Veterans Choice Program number is 866-606-8198.
• Hang up. Not sure you are on the line with the actual Veterans Choice Program?
Hang up and start over.
• Be skeptical. No government agency, including the Veterans Administration, wiU
ask for your personal financial account information in this way. If the person on
the phone does, they may not be who they say they are.
Join us for
) THURSDAY FORUM AT FOUR
for an opportunity to share in a round table discussion
1. Julia Nichols
1. Joe Hunt
2. Lisa Fondren
2. William Hunt
3. Maureen Young
3. Arthur Nebel
Females 17 and Under
Males 17 and Under
1. Alexa DeOaratta
1. Ryder Bechtold
2. Claire Klish
2. Griffin Daly
1. Stephanie Mills
1. Ray Moore
2. Cindi Moeller
2. Joel Carlyle
3. Susan Hensley
3. John McCue
Females 65 and Over
Males 65 and Over
1. Dorothy Steenland
1. Paul Leslie
2. Darryl Hyers
2. John Bedford
3. Marian Goetzinger
3. James Nevill
“What Surprised You Most
andfor those who have not yet retired
“What is Your Vision for Retirement?”
Joan Lamson, Facilitator
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 4 P.M.
PINE KNOLL Shores town hall
Free and Sponsored by the Age-Friendly Advisory Committee
NEXT THIRD THURSDAY FORUM AT FOUR:
The Shoreline I July 2017