Grant supports Outer Banks Forum and Students

By on July 8, 2024

Dominion Energy External Affairs Manager, Winnie Wade (center) presents The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts (OBFLA) a check for their scholarship program. Picture here from L to R: David Connaughton (OBFLA former OBFLA President), Winnie Wade (Dominion Energy), and Carl V. Curnutte (Current OBFLA President).

Dominion Foundation Gives to Arts Endeavors

Since their inception, the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts (OBFLA) has enjoyed a strong connection to Dare County Schools; In recent years they have worked alongside students interns and supported arts education through scholarship. Thanks to a generous grant from Dominion Energy, this tradition continues.

Each year OBFLA gives scholarships to students who plan to study the performing arts in a college or advanced program. The awards are competitive with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendations. Dominion Energy’s grant supports the education mission of the Forum: to promote local arts education with scholarship award for college-level study in the arts.

“We acknowledge Dominion, our education sponsor 2022-2025, for being a valuable community partner and helping us in our mission to bring high quality entertainment to the Outer Banks and support a vibrant future for the arts through scholarship,” said Carl V. Curnutte, President of the Outer Banks Forum.

2024 Scholarship recipients (L to R): Heath Miller (First Flight), Ava Nultemeier (First Flight) and Riya Braunstein with David Connaughton 2023-2024 OBFLA Board President.

“We were very pleased to encourage and reward young talent in our community,” he remarked. “Student interns are trained by the Forum to run lights and manage the seven-show music series held annually at David E. Oaksmith Auditorium in First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. This spring we were pleased to award scholarships to three exceptional students: Heath Miller, Ava Nultemeier, and Riya Braunstein.”

Heath Miller’s heartfelt passion is music of which he has been most successful having performed in jazz bands, concert and marching bands, and string orchestra groups locally at First Flight High School and regionally with Eastern Regional Orchestra and East Regional Jazz Band. He was accepted to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he intends to study this fall.

Ava Nultemeier, was accepted at Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, and NC State. While pursuing her passion for dance, Nultemeier intends to study Music Production and earn an Engineering Bachelor’s Degree. While a student at First Flight, she attended NC Governor’s School of the Arts for dance. dance classes since two year’s of age and has participated in several arts organizations.

Riya Braunstein is heading to the New School in New York this fall, majoring in Film and double-minoring in screenwriting and drama. Over the years she has been active locally on and off the stage with The Lost Colony, Theatre of Dare, and Manteo High School’s Stage Left. Riya recently served as president of MHS Stage Left productions.

“On behalf of Dominion Energy North Carolina, we are proud to show our support for the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and their continued efforts to enhance and support the performing arts through scholarship,” said Winnie Wade, External Affairs Manager of Dominion Energy North Carolina.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports various cultural activities throughout their service locations through their focus on community vitality. This gift fulfills their mission to foster “an appreciation of diversity, revitalizing neighborhoods, and ensuring a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.”

About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation : More than 4.5 million customers in 13 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed $46.7 million in 2023 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit to learn more.

About the Outer Banks Forum: A pioneering group of inquisitive residents met in 1983 at the Southern Shores Fire Station to start a “Forum” to bring speakers on current events to the Outer Banks. The effort was successful and in 1991 the Forum’s orientation was shifted to musical and theatrical entertainments held in the school auditorium at Kitty Hawk Elementary. The Forum has since grown into a self-sustaining nonprofit that performs a series of seven concerts annually in the David E. Oaksmith Auditorium at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Performances are available to purchase as a season subscription or as individual events. An all-volunteer board oversees the organization. For more information or to volunteer with the organization, email or call ‪(252) 564-8781.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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