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Hurricane Benefit Event Planned For Oct. 9 - Brevard, NC

 

October 5, 2017



Brevard residents Paula Patane and Mike Green will host a hurricane relief benefit event and auction at 185 King St. on Monday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The couple has lived in Brevard for almost 20 years, but they have a strong connection to the U.S. Virgin Islands, in particular Water Island.

In 2015 they connected with a family that lives on Water Island through the website, http://www.Workaway .info, and went there to work for the entire month of February. They returned again in February of 2016 and January of 2017.

The time spent on Water Island was part work and part vacation. The work included various tasks such as caring for the community garden, helping to construct a rock and bottle house, property maintenance and painting a mural.

The vacation time on the island allowed them to meet and fall in love with the full-time residents of Water Island.

“As we sit in our homes enjoying the everyday amenities that we so often take for granted, such as electricity and running water, let’s not forget that there are so many others that are not as fortunate,” Patane said. “Right now, there are millions of people who are struggling to stay alive after being impacted by both category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria. Millions of people throughout the Caribbean are without food, water, shelter and electricity.

“The United Stated Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, both U.S. territories, took direct hits from these hurricanes resulting in catastrophic devastation. Most people are slowly receiving much needed food, water and supplies. However, additional resources are needed to help people rebuild and get back to the lives they knew before these horrific storms,” she said.

Water Island is the fourth largest island in the United States Virgin Islands. Before the hurricanes there were 120 permanent residents. Some of those residents have relocated since the hurricanes to find more secure living situations. But there are those who remain to rebuild and they need help.

“Most everyone on the island lost something, and some have lost everything,” Patane said.

Many of the islands’ residents live on boats, she explained. Most of the boats were severely damaged; a few are salvageable.

“There are many of these folks who depend on the tourism industry as their livelihood. There are no grocery stores or gas stations on the island. All supplies, including food and fuel, must be attained from neighboring St. Thomas by way of boats or ferries,” Patane said.

Patane and Green plan on returning to Water Island in January to help the residents of Water Island – who they now consider to be their family – rebuild their lives.

Their fundraiser goal is to raise funds to purchase essential living supplies (food, medicine, fuel for generators and transportation, insect repellent, batteries, mosquito netting…etc.), building supplies and tools. They also plan to provide temporary monetary relief for the residents who depend on tourism for their livelihood.

In addition to live music, a silent art auction and raffle, Bobby Wilson will be giving complementary chair massages.

Contributing artists for the silent auction include: Theresa Reuter, Mark Carter, Richard Merrill, Hanes Hoffman, Shellie Lewis, Shannon Whitworth, Christina Kosiba, Maureen Chapman, Joe McGarry, Jason Serres, Nick Friedman, Erin Jones, Tracey Kahn Hawkins, Sue Edwards Dial, Joe Bruneau, Art Wine and Paula Patane

Raffle prizes will feature gift certificates from local businesses including: Brevard Brewing Company, Sunrise Café, Penny Lane Exchange, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, The Falls Landing, D.D. Bullwinkles, Magpie Meat & Three, massage from Jennifer Rhea Serres, massage from Bobby Wilson, bike rentals from the Hub, two pontoon boat rentals, stand up paddle board or kayak/canoe rental for four from Lake Toxaway Marine, a gift basket from Headwaters Outfitters, and a gift basket from Healthy Harvest.

Patane and Green encourage everyone in the community to come and support their hurricane relief efforts. “Together we all can help the residents of Water Island,” Patane said.

For more information or make a donation, contact Patane at purpliciouspaula@yahoo.com.

 
 

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