Foundation selling Avett T-shirts

A year ago, I wrote about the Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation's first big event: the sale of Avett Brothers T-shirts to benefit the foundation. Now the Avetts are doing it again, and it's time to give an update on what this local foundation has done.

Created and named in honor of Vickie Honeycutt, a beloved teacher and supporter of education who died in 2010, the primary goal of the foundation is to provide financial support to educators touched by cancer.

As Vickie Honeycutt waged her war with breast cancer, her son Dane recalls, there were many expenses not covered by insurance. So he and his friend, Adam White, determined to do what they could to help people in similar circumstances.

Dane Honeycutt is the tour manager for the Avett Brothers. The brothers, who grew up in Cabarrus County, knew Vickie Honeycutt both as a teacher and as their friend's mother. They are supporting the foundation with the sale of Avett Brothers/Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation T-shirts: 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the foundation.

If you're not lucky enough to see them in concert, you can order your T-shirt through (click on the "store" link). You can buy the 2011 T-shirt, the 2010 version, or you can get a special deal on both shirts.

Foundation president Adam White says they are grateful for the Avett Brothers' support, as well as donations through other sources. Though they are now set up to accept one-time donations, the foundation's hope is that people will make small, monthly donations, perhaps of just a dollar or two each time.

They are honoring education with this philosophy: Because teaching is based on small, incremental steps, building to the attainment of great knowledge, small, regular donations will make a big impact on the lives of folks facing cancer.

So far, the foundation has helped two people: the family of a baby with cancer and a Cabarrus County teacher who is battling cancer. Plans are under way to help a third family.

White is sure that there are many more people and families they could be helping, but who may be unaware of the Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation. He hopes people will spread the word about the work of the foundation, as well as donate (or buy T-shirts).

White has big plans for the foundation. He's hoping to establish a scholarship for future teachers, planning for annual events and he says there is something big coming at Christmas.

To get involved with the Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation - to donate, get help, volunteer or stay informed - check out the website, or like The Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation on Facebook.