FMH Foundation hosting BBQ, Bluegrass, Blue Jeans Benefit

Lucas Vance Staff Writer

October 1, 2013

WINNSBORO — After last year’s successful inaugural event, the BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit is back. The Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation is set to host its second annual event on Oct. 12 at The Farm at Ridgeway on Highway 21 South.

Event co-chair Randy Kelley said over 125 people attended last year and he believes there will be an even bigger turnout this year.

“We’re very excited about this year’s event,” Kelley said. “Everything we have right now is indicating we will double last year’s attendance.”

The event raised over $10,000 last year, and all the proceeds from last year and this year will go toward the FMH emergency room.

Kelley said that not only is the event top class, but it has been prepared by a quality group of people.

“The FMH Foundation does an outstanding job serving and we hope people will come out and support our efforts,” he stated. “The event is going to be full of activities for adults and kids. It’s going to be a great atmosphere with warm family-fun.”

Entertainment for children will include petting a miniature horse named Sami, face painting, coloring pumpkins and corn hole toss. This year’s band will be Total Denial — four equal parts of individual style blended together to create a highly energetic expression of unique instrumental and vocal harmony.

Their live music is influential accents of Blue grass, folk, Americana, Motown, gospel and rock are present but do not command the signature instrumental and vocal rhythm.

An auctioneer will be used for live and silent auctions of items including a weekend certificate for a new model BMW (must be 21-years-old), a 7-month-old miniature horse, hotel stays, tickets to the Newberry Opera House, Carolina Adventure World passes, jewelry, art work, and signed footballs from Clemson and USC.

FMH Foundation’s executive director Dawn Catalano said the footballs were last year’s most popular items.

Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple, $10 for children ages 10 and under and free for children ages 6 and under.

Ticket prices include George King Sr. BBQ with all the fixings, beverage and dessert. Door prizes will be awarded toward the end of the evening.

Catalano is looking forward to another successful event.

“Everybody had such a great time last year and we’ve built on it this year and expect it to have even larger attendance,” she noted. “We’ve tried to provide entertainment for the whole family and do something for everybody, which is the fun part.”

Catalano also made a special phone call to WIS anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank, who will be showing up as a guest celebrity.

Tickets can be bought in advance in the lobby of FMH, at First Citizens Bank, the Blythewood Visitor Center or the Summer Day Gift Shop in Winnsboro. Checks can be made payable to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The event will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the band playing the entire time, except during the auctions. The event’s location is at a farm stable that was never used, and will include a giant stone fire-pit with seating.

“It’s going to be casual and local fun with a lot to offer for $30 or less,” Catalano said. “The best part is that it is all for a good cause.”