Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer Children’s Fund expands to include children of fallen first responders

The Gaddy Family at Camp Sea Gull, summer of 2018, with their 10 year old twin boys. Left to Right: Charles, Nancy, Brown and Fin Gaddy.The Camp Sea Gull Seafarer Gold Star/Fallen First Responders Children’s Fund, a fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, recently announced an expansion to support children who have lost a parent serving in the line of duty as a first responder, in addition children who have lost a parent to combat, to attend the YMCA of the Triangle Area Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer.

The Fund was established by Fin and Nancy Gaddy of Manteo and will provide support to the YMCA of the Triangle Area, which operates the two residential camps on the Neuse River in Arapahoe, NC.

“The North Carolina Community Foundation is honored to steward another fund for this generous family in support of children who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice,” said NCCF CEO and President Jennifer Tolle Whiteside.

The Gaddy’s were moved to create the fund after reading an article about a family who lost their father in combat. The children of the fallen soldier are the same age as the Gaddys’ two sons. A YMCA newsletter said the couple “was inspired to do something tangible to help those left behind,” and as camp parents and alumni, knew first-hand the benefits of attending Sea Gull and Seafarer.

Those interested in attending camp with support of the fund should contact email or call 919-719-9989. To learn more about the camps, visit

Those interested in donating to the Fund should send their tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation in the name of the Camp Sea Gull Seafarer Gold Star/Fallen First Responders Children’s Fund. Gifts of any size and at any time can be made online here or mailed to NCCF, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612.