Plates of chopped pork, Brunswick stew and coleslaw have helped raise $100,000 for the Newton Medical Center over the past several years.
The NMC Auxiliary and Stalvey’s Restaurant in Covington recently held their seventh annual barbecue fundraiser, which raised nearly $15,000, bringing the total proceeds from the restaurant to $100,000, NMC Auxiliary Volunteer Services Coordinator Martha Taylor said.
Attendees dined in or used the drive-thru window at Stalvey’s on U.S. Highway 278 to enjoy their barbecue dinners during the event in May.
Taylor said Jim Stalvey, owner of the restaurant, and his wife Sharon have donated the necessary items for the event and their staff each year, and also prepare all of the food.
The NMC Auxiliary sold tickets for the event, and more than 50 of its volunteers were on hand to serve, direct traffic and help ticketholders.
Auxiliary volunteers also made desserts and other treats that were sold during the event.
Among volunteers for this year’s event were hospital CEO Jim Weadick, CFO Troy Brooks, Vice President of Nursing Patty Waller, several NMC board members and physicians, and NMC Auxiliary President Charlie Powell. Auxiliary board member Roger Pflug served as the barbecue chairman this year, Taylor said.
She said the community has been very responsive to the fundraiser, and this year, auxiliary volunteers sold 1,250 tickets.
“Everyone knows the barbecue will be good if Jim Stalvey is in charge,” Taylor said.
Since 1995, the NMC Auxiliary has given $2,076,000 for equipment and services to the hospital through its fundraisers, Taylor said.
The money raised from the Stalvey’s barbecue will help NMC Auxiliary toward its fundraising goal of $406,000, which is expected to be completed this year and if raised would bring the total funds raised by the auxiliary to $2,482,000.
Major projects that the auxiliary has supported include an electrophysiology lab, the Women’s Diagnostic Center, digital mammography equipment, and the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Newton Medical Center, call volunteer services coordinator Martha Taylor at 770-788-6553.