In 2005, when the Outer Banks Hospital's Development Council announced a project to raise funds for a Cancer Resource Center, The East Carolina Bank stepped up to the plate with a 5-year $25,000 pledge to name the consultation room. The bank's lead gift kicked off a record-setting pace of generous giving, with the Center due to open this year.

"We're thrilled that ECB selected this project for funding," said Margaret Wells, Chairman of the Development Council. "Their endorsement really inspired the Council and the Flights of Fancy Committee." To date, the black tie dinner dance has raised more than $220,000 to underwrite the costs of opening the Center.

The Center, located in the Medical Office Building in space donated by the hospital, will provide a pleasant, soothing environment designed with the patient's comfort in mind. A resource library with the latest materials on cancer will be available. The Center will host support groups focused on both the patient and their family. And the Center will provide referrals and coordination of services with surgeons, oncologists, registered dietitians, home health care, pastoral care and hospice. "The Bank recognized that there is a significant need for this service in the community," said Skipper Hines, Senior Vice President and Outer Banks Regional Manager at ECB. "The East Carolina Bank has been recognized nationally as being one of the top philanthropic institution for its size. We are proud to be a part of this endeavor," he added.