Seaboard Lion’s Club to host fundraiser

Published 2:42 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SEABOARD – For people coming out to the “Triple B @ SLC” fundraiser, they’ll be treated to an afternoon of good food, good drinks, and good music.

The Seaboard Lion’s Club is hosting the fundraiser on Saturday, September 8 as a general fundraiser for the service organization which focuses its efforts on helping the visually impaired. It’s the first time they’re holding an event like this.

“The three B’s are barbecue, brew, and beach music,” explained Garry Elliott, a member of the Seaboard club and one of the event organizers. “We’ll have regular beverages too for those underage or those who don’t want adult beverages.”

Steve Owens and the Summertime Band, a popular music group from Roanoke Rapids, will perform while attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue and drinks.

The barbecue will be provided by 13 different cooks who will travel to Seaboard from all over the state to participate in a cookoff sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council. Judges will award prizes to the top cookers.

“They’re the top 13 [cookers] ranked in the state,” Elliott said, noting that guarantees people will have plenty of excellent barbecue to consume.

The Seaboard Lion’s Club has held barbecue cookoffs in the past, but this is the first time they’re hosting one at a larger fundraising event.

Tickets are currently being sold in advance for $30 with only 300 tickets available. No tickets will be sold at the door. A total of 50 sponsor tickets are also being sold for $200 each. Elliott explained a sponsor ticket will come with VIP benefits during the event.

The gates will open at 3 p.m. and attendees will receive a wristband. Those wishing to drink alcohol will receive a second wristband. The food will be available beginning at 4 p.m.

The fundraiser will help the Seaboard Lion’s Club continue to perform a variety of community service, both locally and on a statewide level. Elliott mentioned past projects have included helping Northampton County residents purchase special glasses or braille materials they needed.

“We try to do as much as we can locally,” Elliott said. “We want to serve the people in need.”

Back in April, several local Lion’s Clubs in Northampton County, including Seaboard, worked together to help Crystal Martin of Milwaukee purchase a particular pair of glasses that would aid her better than a normal pair. For over a decade, Martin had only been able to see with her peripheral vision, but these electronic glasses were able to significantly improve her 20/400 vision.

Other funds raised by the local Lion’s Club go to benefit people all over the state of North Carolina. Elliott mentioned a few examples such as Camp Dogwood—a summer camp for the blind located in the western part of the state—and fishing tournaments for visually impaired people to participate in.

Those interested in purchasing a ticket for the “Triple B” fundraiser can visit any of eight locations before September 8. These locations are Gay Implement Co in Seaboard, Flythe Brothers Station in Conway, Embassy Café in Jackson, UPS Store in Emporia, VA, B & J Cash and Carry in Roanoke Rapids, Washburn’s Marina in Lake Gaston, Roberts Nursery in Ahoskie, and Southern Bank in Ahoskie.

Both Elliot and fellow organizer David Burke have tickets which can be purchased as well. Call Elliott at 252-532-6050 or Burke at 252-532-4846.

The Seaboard Lion’s Club is located at 653 Peanut Market Road, Seaboard. The event will be held rain or shine.