“A major mission is taking place and you’re part of the secret plan,” reads the invitation to The Outer Banks Hospital’s 3rd annual Flights of Fancy black tie gala on January 12th. The Development Council, the hospital’s fundraising arm, was captivated by the Bond theme and its marvelous imagery. An Aston Martin, an airship and an atomic submarine are just a few of the fanciful devices along with the iconic phrase, “shaken, not stirred.”

The hospital’s two prior dinner dances raised funds to construct and furnish a Cancer Resource Center located in the medical office building behind the hospital. A ribbon cutting is planned in the fall. Net proceeds from this year’s gala will go toward funding technology for the identification and treatment of cancer on the Outer Banks.

“The Development Council wanted to stay focused on fighting cancer,” said Margaret Wells, Council and Gala Chairman. “Cancer is the leading cause of death in Dare County,” she added, quoting from a study conducted by the Healthy Carolinians. “Short of finding a cure, I don’t know if we can ever provide enough resources to cope with this disease.”

“The Council and the gala committees began meeting this spring,” said hospital president Van Smith. “It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to create the remarkable event they produce. I am in awe of their commitment. Without them, there would be no Flights of Fancy, no Cancer Resource Center. We are indebted to them.”

The gala, scheduled for January 12th will be held in the Wright Brothers Memorial Pavilion in Kill Devil Hills. For more information contact The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Office at 449-5680.