It started with an idea to hold a barbecue plate sale to raise funds for local families battling cancer during the holidays in the Calypso area. But then local businesses joined the cause, volunteers donated time, multiple churches made potato salad and by the end of the fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7 — that little idea had raised $45,058 for local families.
Proceeds will benefit Milton “Blossom” Holloman and Darren Myers, who are both battling cancer, and to the family of Cristy Marie Holloman, who lost her battle in October.
Fundraiser organizer Bill Outlaw told the Tribune that although they did not sell out of plates, they came very close. Leftovers were donated to Potters Wheel Ministries and Kitty Askins Hospice Center, he said.
And in typical Calypso fashion, the barbecue sale was a family effort.
High school students and adult volunteers managed the drive-thru, while others manned the silent auction or took orders inside as even more volunteers made up two assembly lines of plate fillers.
“Our community is awesome!” Outlaw said. “The first meeting was packed full of volunteers that were ready to make a difference and each of them and many more just amazed me in how hard they worked to make this benefit successful.”
“Everything to make this benefit possible was donated,” he added. “Thirteen hogs were donated by Smithfield foods and many other local retailers donated all of the products and ingredients to make the barbecue plates a success. We also had five local churches make our potato salad. Local businesses from Mount Olive, Faison, Calypso, Warsaw and Goldsboro made our benefit and our silent auction unbelievable.
“I could not believe how nice the auction items were,” Outlaw continued. “The families are all so gracious for the support and I know this benefit will make a difference in their lives. Thank you again to all of the awesome volunteers and businesses who donated. We give all the success to God!”