UPDATE: Firemen's Ball was a Blast!

And it raised a lot of money for Ocracoke VFD. 

The auctions brought in a total of $20,636 (the silent auction brought in $1981 and the live auction brought in $18,655.)

After paying the bills, we have made $48,494.06 so far.  We have a small amount of donations to be turned in.  We are awaiting payment from 10 sponsors.  We anticipate finishing with approximately $57,000 this year.  We are thrilled to have had such a good event.  So many people made this a very successful fundraiser and it takes us a step closer to constructing the new building.  People from Ocracoke and off the island worked together to make all this happen.  Thanks to everyone who became a 2012 sponsor, volunteered their help, donated items to the auctions, bought a meal or an item in the auctions, or came and enjoyed some great music.  All of you did a great job!  It takes a community to protect a community

This original story was posted May 19: 

The Firemen's Ball is a fun-filled event that raises money for a great cause – Ocracoke's Volunteer Fire Department!

Last year's Firemen's Ball netted over $60,000 in one day! Come on out on the 26th to help make this year just as successful!!

The good times start with food! The pig pickin' pulled pork and BBQ ribs will be served at 5 p.m. Plates are $12. The beer was donated from Budweiser and Natty Greene's (a local NC craft beer.) Donations for the music and beverages are greatly appreciated.

Commemorative t-shirts will be available. This year's shirt has a piratical theme. Arrgh! 

While you're enjoying your delicious 'Q, please check out the offerings at the Silent Auction. After dinner, the good times continue with the Live Auction at 7 p.m. with auctioneer Philip Howard.

The organizers have collected some really good auction items this year including local fishing charters; artwork from Ray Matthews, Mary Bassell, and Barbara Adams; decoys from Core Sound, Russell Willams, Eddie O'Neal and David O'Neal; lots of restaurant gift certificates; and massages from Laura Hardy and Amy Hilton.  

They're still accepting auction items  – please call Steph Ihle at 928-7001 if you have something to donate. 

The dancing starts at 8:30 with the Aaron Caswell Band, continues with the Ocracoke Rockers, and rocks the house 'til the end with the Dune Dogs. 

This event would not be possible without all the loyal sponsors who've supported it over the years. A big shout out goes to The Variety Store and Jolly Roger Pub and Marina for stepping up to be the first two Diamond sponsors.

Pulled pork. Yum.
Pulled pork. Yum.

The complete sponsor list: 


Ocracoke Variety Store

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina


East Carolina Bank

Mollie Fearing and Associates

Ocean Atlantic Rentals


Coastal Gas

Live auction gets underway.
Live auction gets underway.



Edward and Susan Norvell 

Ocracoke Island Realty

Homegrown Hettie’s 

US Foods

Boynton Family 

The Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation


Philip Howard with helper Katie O'Neal
Philip Howard with helper Katie O'Neal

Pony Island Motel and Cottages

Austin City Limits

In Memory of Marion Dilday


Custom Building Company/North State Steel 

Ocracoke Harbor Inn

Lukes R N2 OINC 

Blue Heron Realty

Stan White Realty and Construction

Harborside Motel

Lou Walks the Rail
Lou Walks the Rail

Chalk and Gibbs Insurance and Real Estate 

G.E. Ely Construction, Inc. 

Blackbeard’s Lodge

Flying Fish Ink, Inc. 


Village Print

Tideland EMC

Pony Island Restaurant


Lou Castro plays with all the bands!
Lou Castro plays with all the bands!

Zeke Myers Agency

Carquest Auto Parts of Buxton

Drake Properties

Mickey’s Sales and Service

Stevens Fire Equipment, Inc.

The Cove Bed and Breakfast

Gaskins and Gaskins, PA

Hardy Moving and Storage

Howard’s Pub

Kostich and O’Neal, CPA

Dune Dogs!
Dune Dogs!

Sharon B, Gibbs, Your Local Farm Bureau Agent

Russ and Michele Reynolds

SYSCO Hampton Roads

Kellogg Supply Co., Inc.

Robert D. Kornegay, Jr., PLLC

Gailor, Wallis and Hunt, PLLC

Mike Keller, LTD.

Silver Lake Motel and Inn

Rex says "No Fools, No Fun!"
Rex says "No Fools, No Fun!"
Rockin' with the Ocracoke Rockers!
Rockin' with the Ocracoke Rockers!