The Outer Banks Community Foundation recently bestowed its Community Champion award to the late Jim Wood.
Wood’s wife, Kathy, accepted the award on his behalf and spoke about her late husband’s dedication to his community during the foundation’s annual meeting in Nags Head.
Jim Wood was a former trust officer at Centura Bank from 1975 to 1996 who recommended the Community Foundation to at least two clients, Ruth Medgyes and Dorothy Luedemann. Wood inspired these donors to contribute a combined $2 million to the Community Foundation, helping more than 160 students attend college and resulting in more than $565,000 in nonprofit grants so far. The bequests remain invested and continue to award scholarships and grants each year.
Fourteen of Jim Wood’s watercolor paintings that were donated to the Outer Banks Community Foundation by attorney Carl Smith were displayed during the meeting. The Dare County Arts Council will be auctioning these paintings on May 8 to raise money for an endowment fund for Wood to support children’s arts programming.