Waynesville Kiwanis annual barbecue is Oct. 3

Sep 03, 2014
Photo by: Donated Diners enjoy a tasty barbecue dinner during last year's barbecue dinner.

You know a fundraiser is successful when it has been held several years running. When it has occurred every year for 50 years, then that fundraiser qualifies as an institution.

On Oct. 3 the Waynesville Kiwanis’ Annual Barbecue will once again aim to raise money for children and families in Haywood County. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., and the drive-thru will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Waynesville First United Methodist Church, located at 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the barbecue. The meal will include pork barbeque, baked beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade cookies and a soft drink.

After costs, all the proceeds will go to projects that support local children. This year Kiwanis funds provided reading materials for Hazelwood Elementary special education; a needle embroidery machine for Tuscola High; reading materials for Riverbend Elementary; a climbing wall mat for Bethel Elementary; Playaways for readers for Bethel Middle School; reading materials for Pisgah High School; and math and reading materials for North Canton Elementary. These grants totaled $9,500.

Additionally, the club provided over $25,000 in grants from its Scott Fund. Funds were awarded to Waynesville Middle for its math program; North Canton Elementary for playground equipment; and North Canton and Meadowbrook Elementary for a kiln. Dictionaries were also provided to all 550 third graders in the county.

Since 2000, the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville has provided over $403,000 in grants to help the children of Haywood County through both community and school based projects.

Over 40 Kiwanians from the Waynesville club will volunteer for the fundraiser, from selling tickets, to setting up the serving lines, to packaging over 1200 meals to cleaning up afterwards. Some club members will spend the lunch hours delivering to businesses.

“I don’t know anyone else who delivers barbecue right to your workplace,” said Mike Simonson, this year’s barbecue chair. “It’s a great way for business owners to treat their employees.”

For tickets, contact a Kiwanis member or show up Oct. 3 at the First United Methodist Church.