The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 22, 2013

Hospice barbecue chicken benefit today

By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer
The Stanly News & Press

Friday, March 22, 2013 — One look at the upstairs of Hospice of Stanly County’s offices and it’s easy to tell there’s been a lot of preparation for this Friday’s barbecue chicken benefit.

For one, there’s cake everywhere. Lined up and down the hallway, in the individual offices, on shelves and nearly everywhere in-between. Boxes and boxes and boxes with bagged slices of all different kinds of cakes.

In the largest room upstairs, volunteers are opening up small lunch-sized brown paper bags and filling them with plastic silver ware. It’s like an assembly line as around eight ladies do their part to help with the preparation for Friday’s big day.

“We had originally said 5,000 (plates) but then with the economy and all the other fundraisers going on, we lowered it to 3,000. We have pretty much met our goal of 3,000,” said Tonya Smith, development director.

“We have people donating slaw, we have the cake committee, supply committee, we have a prayer committee, we have people that were selling the tickets and in charge of that kind of thing. I forgot how many gallons of slaw we asked for, but for cakes, we had to have almost 300 cakes brought in to have them sliced up and enough for all the plates.”

Friday’s event is going to be one of the biggest fundraisers this calendar year for Hospice. All the proceeds will go to indigent patient care along with the bereavement and volunteer programs.

A lot of the work began Monday with churches that brought the cakes that were donated for the sale. Since Wednesday morning around 9, about 20 volunteers assisted first with slicing and bagging the cakes before storing each slice in individual plastic bags, where they’ll later be placed in the paper bags. There were enough cakes that were not sliced that Hospice hopes will also be sold.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Later Wednesday evening, Hospice essentially took over part of North Albemarle Baptist Church. All the bags, cakes and other necessities were brought there for final preparation. Today, gallons of slaw will be put into individual containers and then placed in a refrigerator trailer. In the meantime, Stanly County Christian Cooking Convoy will be busy cooking the chickens that will be the main fixture of the plates to be sold.

When Friday rolls around, the plates and bags will be ready for distribution that include 1/2 chicken, slaw, chips and cake. More than 100 volunteers will be available from 11 a.m., when the sale begins, until 7 p.m. to serve walk-ins, help deliver plates around the county and anything else that’s needed.

“It is one of the larger events that we have, and it does take a lot of people and a lot of time putting this on,” Smith said.

“It’s hard to say how much we may raise from this. Some people will come in and buy a plate and will give a little extra donation here and there. A majority of our ticket sales are deliveries. We hope to have a lot of people in for walk-ins. It’s really hard to say about that.”

This is the second barbecued chicken fundraiser Hospice has put together. Smith said the first one came in 2011.

North Albemarle Baptist Church is at 401 Park Ridge Road in Albemarle. For more info, call the Hospice office at (704) 983-4216.

To submit story ideas, contact Jason O. Boyd at (704) 982-2121 ext. 34 or email at jason@stanlynewspress. com.