As autumn arrives in West Tennessee, the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund hosts its largest fundraising event of the year to benefit local residents facing a cancer diagnosis. Each year, local businessmen, residents and community leaders -- many whose families have also been touched by cancer -- join together for a day of fun and fellowship. A day that shows the true heart of the Dyer County community.
The 28th annual Community Barbecue for Cancer will take place on the Courthouse Square on Friday, Oct. 5.
Items for sale on Friday include:
* famous potatoes and onions - $1.50
* sandwiches, barbecue or barbecue bologna - $3
* chips, 50-cents per bag
* baked beans -- four ounces for $1
* slaw -- four ounces for $1
* sauce -- four ounces for $1
Dr Pepper and Pepsi products will also be for sale, as well as a bake sale with individual desserts planned for the Courthouse Square.
"You can get your whole meal there," said Community Cancer Fund President Debra Roberson. "We will have plenty of food."
In addition, items to serve the entire family will be for sale during the fundraiser:
* Boston butt - $30 each
* slab of ribs - $18 each
* barbecue - $6 per pound
* barbecue bologna - $6 per pound
"Hillshire Brands will be selling sausage again this year," said Roberson, who said packages of buns will also be available for sale at the event.
Food lines open at 10 a.m., with volunteers continuing to wait on customers until the food sells out. Roberson said, usually, the fundraiser lasts until mid-afternoon.
First South Bank will host bake sales in the lobbies of both its downtown and Green Village branches in conjunction with the event. The bake sales will begin at 8:30 a.m., with all proceeds going to benefit the Community Cancer Fund.
Roberson said the organization has recently seen a considerable increase in patients in need of assistance.
"We are the only local organization serving the county," said Roberson. "The only way we can survive and help local patients is through the generous support of this community."
The Community Cancer Fund was established over 25 years ago to assist Dyer County residents battling cancer. Funds raised by the organization are used to help with the immediate needs of Dyer County cancer patients.
Assistance is provided only to Dyer County residents who can provide proof of residency over a considerable period of time. Those receiving assistance must also have a doctor's statement confirming they are actively being treated for cancer.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Roberson at 288-8005 or 731-676-9138.