Vivian Howard expands fundraiser for Ocracoke recovery

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — As Ocracoke continues to recover from Hurricane Dorian, North Carolina chef Vivian Howard announced she is expanding a fundraiser to help rebuild more Ocracoke restaurants.

Howard, host of the award-winning PBS show, “A Chef’s Life,” last week began selling T-shirts emblazoned with the saying “One Island Under Tacos” to benefit Eduardo’s, a beloved taco stand.

The response to the fundraiser has been so great that Howard and Eduardo Chavez decided this week to help more restaurateurs on Ocracoke.

“Y’all have bought 1,500 shirts,” Howard says. It’s going so well that Eduardo has requested we share the funds with his fellow restaurateurs on Ocracoke. We’re looking for a partner to help distribute the proceeds. Please keep buying T-shirts. Ocracoke is a rare gem. Your purchase will help rebuild Ocracoke’s restaurant and tourism industries. ”

As the eye of Hurricane Dorian moved past Ocracoke, a barrier island 26 miles off the North Carolina coast, water from the Pamlico Sound rushed into the village, rising seven feet in two hours. Floodwaters reached unprecedented levels and damaged many homes and businesses.

Each shirt costs $25 plus shipping; 100% of the profits will be donated to Ocracoke restaurant owners.

The shirts are on sale until midnight on October 25 and will ship starting on November 15.

T-shirts can be purchased at vivianhoward.com/products/one-island-under-tacos.

Last year, Howard sold “Country as Cornbread” T-shirts to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

The effort raised almost $65,000 for the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which directed the funds to residents of Jones County.

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT)— North Carolina chef Vivian Howard is raising money to help an Ocracoke restaurant recover from Hurricane Dorian.

Howard, the host of the award-winning PBS show, “ A Chef’s Life,” is selling super soft gray short sleeve shirts emblazoned with the saying “One Island Under Tacos” to benefit Eduardo Chavez’s beloved Ocracoke establishment Eduardo’s taco stand.

As the eye of Hurricane Dorian moved past Ocracoke, a barrier island 26 miles off the North Carolina mainland coast, water from the Pamlico Sound rushed into the village rising seven feet in two hours.

Floodwaters in the village reached unprecedented levels and damaged most homes and businesses.

Nearly a month after Hurricane Dorian, schools and businesses are still closed and many houses are uninhabitable.

Three feet of storm surge hit Eduardo’s taco, knocking it off its foundation.

Refrigeration and walk-in coolers were ruined and infrastructure around the truck was damaged beyond repair.

The food truck is a total loss.

Chavez’s home also received 20 inches of flooding.

In a phone interview with The New York Times, he said, “I’ll just have to restart everything,” hanging up as he began to cry.

Each t-shirt costs $25 plus shipping.

The shirts are on sale until midnight October 25 and will ship starting on
November 15.

All proceeds will be donated directly to Eduardo Chavez for the purpose of rebuilding his business.

“I visited Ocracoke for the first time since I was a kid this summer. I had long heard about Eduardo, his tacos, his generous spirit and his love of the island. Before I even met him I knew both he and his tacos were beloved pieces of what makes Ocracoke Ocracoke. Once I met him it was clear why. To help Eduardo rebuild is to help Ocracoke become whole again,” says Vivian Howard.

A fundraising effort that Howard did last year to help those affected by Hurricane Florence by selling “Country as Cornbread” t-shirts raised almost $65,000 for the North Carolina Community Foundation’s

Disaster Relief Fund. Proceeds were directed to residents of Jones County.

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