The Virginia S. Tillett Community Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12

The Dare County Center at Manteo – a multi-generational facility that provides programs, activities and resources to citizens throughout Dare County – has been officially renamed the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center.

On March 14, 2022, Dare County Center signage on the facade of the building was replaced with new lettering, marking the official designation of the facility in honor of the longtime community leader and former elected official who passed away on March 7, 2022. October 2021.

On November 15, 2021, the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution formally recognizing Tillett’s service and dedication to the Outer Banks community by renaming the facility in his honor.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the building to celebrate the name change is scheduled at the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center beginning at 4 p.m. on May 12, 2022. The event will feature several speakers who will discuss the significant and positive impact that Tillett has had on the Outer Banks community during his 30 years of service.

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, which will feature live music performed by local band Just Playing Dixieland, as well as a barbecue, games, crafts and activities, all of which will have place at the wellness park located on the south side of the property.

Those attending the ceremony will also have the opportunity to participate in guided tours of the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center, located at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

“We want you to be ready to socialize, dance, eat and have fun,” said Sandy Pace, director of the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center. “It’s what Miss Virginia would have wanted, and she loved attending events like this at the center.”

To RSVP, please contact [email protected] or call 252-475-9270.

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Jill E. Washington