The Outer Banks Voice – OBX Jeep Charities donates $35K to Dare Special Olympics

OBX Jeep Charities donates $35K to Dare Special Olympics

By submitted story on November 12, 2022

Commissioner House and his fellow OBX Jeep Charities members present a check to Dare County Special Olympics Coordinator Jackie Pikulski Frappier and Dare County Special Olympics athlete Dorothy “Dottie” Patton.

OBX Jeep Charities – a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides various resources, programs and activities designed to improve the lives of Dare County citizens – has raised and donated $35,000 to the Dare County Special Olympics.

A check for the money raised from the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion event was presented to Dare County Special Olympics Coordinator Jackie Pikulski Frappier and Dare County Special Olympics athlete Dorothy “Dottie” Patton by Dare County Commissioner and OBX Jeep Invasion co-coordinator Steve House during Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held at 9 a.m. Monday, November 7th.

Held from Friday, October 7, 2022 through Sunday, October 9, 2022, the OBX Beach Invasion brought 796 Jeeps to the Outer Banks to participate in the three-day event, which featured 38 vendors at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head, live music from The Ramble and the Jonny Waters Band, a visit from Dare MedFlight, a round of poker, vendor bingo and a charity ride on the beach at Kitty Hawk, as well as a series of raffles and prizes, many of which were Jeep-related.

“We’re just absolutely blown away; thank you so much,” Frappier said as he accepted the donation. “On behalf of the Dare County Special Olympics, thank you so much for your contribution, your donation. We are extremely grateful for this.”

Dare County Special Olympics offers year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports, from bocce ball, bowling and basketball to cheerleading, track and field and equestrian sports for children and adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities. The organization offers Outer Banks athletes ages 8 and older opportunities to develop physical fitness, improve their athletic abilities, make new friendships and enjoy a sense of social inclusion by helping them connect with other Dare County athletes, coaches and volunteers -society.

in addition to Dare County Special Olympics, funds raised during the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion also benefited a second organization selected by OBX Jeep Charities: Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. During his presentation, House presented Brook Sparks, a local representative for the organization that serves our nation’s Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sports activities, with a check for $6,000.

Participants in the 2022 OBX Jeep Invasion also collected 2,500 pounds of nonperishable food that was donated to the Beach Food Pantry in Kitty Hawk, and on Sunday, October 9, more than 200 Jeeps participated in the Lighthouse to Lighthouse Ride, which raised $500 and collected dozens of toys that will donated to the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center’s annual toy drive benefiting underprivileged children throughout Dare County.

For more information on the Dare County Special Olympics, visit or click the button below to view a video released as part of Current TV’s Destination Dare series in July 2022.


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