Outer Banks, NC – After years of enduring cold temperatures while camping outside to ensure a booth space with electrical outlets, Outer Banks Wedding Association vendors said goodbye to long lines and added stress. In an effort to improve the current system, as well as to make it more feasible for other companies and organizations to host events here on the Outer Banks, the Wedding Association partnered with the Dare County School System to oversee the completion of a $10,000 electrical installation throughout the First Flight High School and Middle School gymnasiums.
Joe Southern, OBWA Treasurer and manager of Ocean Atlantic Rentals, and Jim Winebarger, Director of Facilities at Dare County Schools, partnered together to see this plan approved.
“Many don’t understand the enormity of the wedding industry here on the Outer Banks,” explains Southern. “We had members camped out to secure electricity for their booth at our annual OBWA Expo, and as board members who were elected to make an organization better, we no longer saw that as acceptable.”
The donation of this state of the art electrical system by the Outer Banks Wedding Association is guaranteed to bring additional business to the Outer Banks, as companies exceeding small business group size are now capable of hosting large-scale tradeshows, expos, and events.
Additionally, Dare County schools will now have the ability to host large school functions.
While many ocean communities have access to convention centers, the only facilities equipped to handle large groups on the Outer Banks are the middle and high school, and without adequate electrical capabilities, many groups and functions were not able to host here on the Outer Banks. Additionally, many groups opting to host their events outdoors, due to the absence of an indoor option, were subject to extreme weather conditions; again, making the Outer Banks a less than desirable host location.
“This donation is an overall investment in the infrastructure of this community,” emphasizes Southern. “By donating this electrical system, the Outer Banks Wedding Association is not only helping our vendors and our annual event, we’re investing in the future of Dare County schools and the Outer Banks tourism industry.”
The Outer Banks Wedding Association is a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 270 member businesses for the purpose of promoting the Outer Banks as a wedding destination and our members as resources to brides and those planning events in the area.