Organizations serve up barbecue benefits this month
by Marie Nesmith
May 10, 2011 | 2690 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scott Mays prepares barbecue for last year’s New Frontier of Bartow County fundraiser that generates money for the organization’s scholarship program.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
Scott Mays prepares barbecue for last year’s New Frontier of Bartow County fundraiser that generates money for the organization’s scholarship program. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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With the Cartersville Lions Club and The New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. organizing annual barbecues this month, whetting one's appetite and supporting a worthy cause will go hand-in-hand. While the Lions Club's barbecue will help cover the costs of eye glasses for local residents, The New Frontier's offering will fund college scholarships for Bartow's youth.

On Friday, area residents can partake in The New Frontier's BBQ Sale. For $10, individuals will receive a rib or chicken plate that will be served with coleslaw, baked beans, bread and cake. People will be able to pick up their plates starting about 11 a.m. at the New Frontier's facility, 151 Firetower Road N.E. in Cartersville, and the St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, 130 Jones St. in Cartersville, from 4 to 8 p.m. If desired, deliveries will be available for orders of 10 or more. For more information, contact Michael Dean at 770-547-5003 or Ralph Lowe at 404-512-8973.

Proceeds from the nonprofit's barbecue will provide scholarships that will be dispersed at its Annual Awards Day Program June 12. Last year's barbecue netted $1,200.

"As always, it will go toward our scholarship fund, which will be awarded on the second Saturday in June, so that we can provide scholarships to assist students who are continuing their education," said Dean, assistant secretary for The New Frontier. "Our overall mission is to work toward the betterment of all the citizens in the community and in addition to that, our mission statement is to ensure that we assist the youth in furthering their education so they might have a prosperous future by gaining the appropriate training needed from a college education.

"We did make one adjustment [to this year's barbecue]. Not only will we be serving at our facility during lunchtime from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., this year, in an effort to generate additional funds for the scholarship program. we will also be serving that evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Luke A.M.E. Church parking lot, which is located on Jones Street. We hope that the community will continue to support us as they have in previous fundraiser events, because it takes a village to raise a child and help that child achieve his goals in life. So with the assistance of the community, we feel confident that these scholarship funds will help our youth proceed and be successful in the future in whatever profession they chose."

In addition to The New Frontier's offering, area residents also can dine at the Lions Club's barbecue benefit May 18. Costing $10 each, tickets will provide participants with plates consisting of barbecue pork, bread, Brunswick stew, coleslaw and beverages, such as lemonade.

"We've been doing this over 50 years," said Rick Schloemer, Lions Club member. "No one can remember what year it started. ... Usually we have to limit the tickets to 1,000. With the economy, I don't know that we'll sell 1,000 this year. We're going pretty strong, but not to where we're going to run out, that I can tell."

To be held at Cartersville's Gatewood Park from 5 to 7 p.m., the barbecue will serve as a fundraiser for the club's numerous community projects, such as providing eye glasses to financially struggling children and adults.

"Last year we raised approximately $2,000 [after expenses]. The money goes to people in the area that need glasses, like for instance we [assist] a lot of school children that can't afford glasses," said Lions Secretary/Treasurer Bob Bergeron. "We get references from school teachers sometimes. They'll call us and say, 'We have a child that has a hard time in school and their parents can't afford glasses.' So we purchase glasses for them and also for [the] elderly and persons that have lost their glasses and can't afford them. We'll buy glasses for them.

"Last year we spent approximately over $6,000 to buy glasses for people. Not only that, we give funds also to the Georgia Lighthouse," he said, referring to the foundation that provided services ranging from vision screenings to eye surgeries to more than 7,500 financially struggling and uninsured Georgia residents last year.

Remaining tickets for the barbecue can be obtained from any of the club's members, such as Schloemer who can be reached at 404-247-4200.