In an effort to raise money for ongoing Wrightsville United Methodist Men ministries, the group is holding the first evening of Big Band and swing music.
One of many fundraisers held throughout the year, the “Artistry in Jazz” performance by a 22-piece band will be held from 7-9 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 23.
The group also holds a golf tournament and a chili and chowder cook off. The second annual fish fry and oyster roast will take place on Nov. 8.
Dr. Fletcher Norris, a member of the men’s group and former University of North Carolina Wilmington professor who plays the standup bass fiddle, came up with the idea for the event.
Hayes Perry, president of the men’s group, will be making some banana pudding to bring to the event for the 30-minute intermission. There will also be other homemade banana puddings, desserts, coffee and tea served.
“We can seat 300, and we hope to sell out,” Perry said. “The band is actually donating their time and talents, so we could potentially raise $3,000 from this event for those worthy projects.”
The men donated two $300 gift cards to needy Sunset Park Elementary School families during Christmastime in 2012, $2,000 to the Methodist Home for Children and $500 to the Salkehatchie Mission Trip. They also contributed to Vacation Bible School expenses and the seniors’ ministry.
“When somebody needs something, we’ll probably do it for you,” Perry said. “… We’ve given away over $6,000 so far, and we’ve got over $6,000 left to give away the rest of the year, not counting what we make off of the fundraiser.”
Tickets are $10, and are available in the Wrightsville United Methodist Church office. For more information, contact Perry at 910-616-4052.