Over the past 17 years, the Pirates on the Pungo Regatta has raised and donated more than $123,000 to the former Pungo District Hospital Foundation, to Friends of Belhaven, and to the Beaufort Community Care Fund.
Friends of Belhaven, participating in the NC Department of Commerce Small Town Main Street revitalization program, used their share of the 2014 proceeds to help beautify the streets of downtown Belhaven. The Beaufort Community Care Fund, now a non-profit 501 (c) 3 program known as Love, Inc, used their share to improve and enrich the lives of the residents at the two local nursing homes, Autumnfield and Pantego House. We have also donated in the past to the Shephard Cancer Foundation in Washington NC in memory of Bob Haynes, who ran Pirates on the Pungo for a number of years.
For the first time, this year's event is being sponsored by the Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce along with the River Rat Yacht Club. Funds raised will be used by the Chamber for economic development with a portion given to the Belhaven Regional Library, Belhaven Museum and the Wilkinson Center.