Barbecue to help Community Relief Organization

by Sarah Melton

Mount Hollydays is gearing up for its first Beer, Band & BBQ to benefit the Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly.

The nonprofit raises money throughout the year to benefit the relief organization, which provides food, clothing, toys and other necessities to needy families in Mount Holly. Normally, Mount Hollydays’ biggest fundraiser for the organization is a masquerade ball, held every other year. Last year, the ball brought in $3,500.

Carol Featherstone, president of Mount Hollydays, said the group wanted to try an additional fundraiser that would appeal to a different generation.

“This year, we decided to do this because we had been asked by the younger crowd in town to have something that would appeal to them more in cost and be something that they would want to do,” she said.

Beer, Band & BBQ will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Citizens Center. The Barnyard Blues will provide live music, and a cash bar for beer and wine will be available. Chillin & Grillin of Iron Station will provide the meal, which will include pulled barbecue and a dessert bar.

Featherstone said the silent auction will likely be one of the biggest draws for people. Local businesses and individuals have donated the auction items, which include a weekend at the beach or mountains, wines and art.

“Most of the what we make does not come off ticket sales,” Featherstone said. “We don’t bump ticket prices up a lot (to make up) for what it actually costs (us to organize the event). Where we make our money is the silent auction. These are things that suit every age.”

As the economy has worsened, the Community Relief Organization’s demand to provide shelter and food has increased. People unable to attend the event can make a monetary or food donation to the relief organization, located on West Central Avenue, beside Hawkins Real Estate.

“I know our group, in conjunction with BB&T in Mount Holly, did a food drive back in September and in that one day, we collected 500 pounds of food, but within two days, it was gone,” Featherstone said. “Almost the time it hits the shelves it is out of there. People come to pick up food and they are being turned away because there is no food to give them.”

Tickets for the Nov. 6 event are $25 per person and must be purchased ahead of time. They can be purchased at Charlie’s Drug & Sundries, David’s Detailing or the BB&T in downtown Mount Holly, or through members of Mount Hollydays Board of Directors.

Tickets can also be ordered by sending a check payable to Mount Hollydays Inc. to P.O. Box 787, Mount Holly, N.C. 28120. Attendees should indicate if they would like the tickets mailed to them or held at the desk the night of the event.

For more information, visit www.mounthollydays.org or contact Carol Featherstone at 704-827-3214.

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