Main Street Cafe will host its Seventh Annual Fish Fry, benefiting Relay For Life, on Friday April 8 from 5-8 p.m. at 38 Main Street, in Hamlet.
Cafe employees, and friends of the cause, will be volunteering their time to cook and serve patrons. All proceeds will be donated to Relay.
“My wife is a cancer survivor, that’s why this cause is so important to us,” said Cafe owner Ron Mayo. “This is her seventh year as a survivor, and our seventh year doing this.”
The proceeds sponsor the Main Street Cruisers, a Relay team that raises funds for the Relay For Life event.
“Main Street Cruisers is a new team, and we have 75 members,” said Cruisers captain Johnny Clayton. “Our team is made up of family, friends and survivors, and our goal is to raise $5,000 for Relay. We’re just $600 from that goal. It would be great if we could raise even more.”
“I don’t think there is a person in Richmond County whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way,” said Clayton. “This is a way for us to come together, as a community, and help other people.”
Meals will be dine in or take out, at $9.99 per plate. All plates come with either flounder, shrimp, oysters, hamburger or hot dog, and hush puppies, fries, cole slaw and a drink.
“We are also selling ‘Richmond County Relay Rocks’ T-shirts for $10,” said Mayo. “And we will be having a 50/50 raffle drawing. The winner will take half the pot, the other half will be donated to Relay.”
There are 36 Relay teams in Richmond County. All the funds the teams have raised will be donated during the Relay For Life event on May 13, at Richmond Sr. High.
“Cancer is not selective, it is a disease that effects people from all backgrounds and all ages,” said Linda Bayless, who Co-Chairs the Richmond County Relay Chapter with her husband, Bill. “Relay For Life is a celebration of survivors, and in remembrance of those who are no longer with us. Proceeds from Relay events fund cancer research, and are also used for local programs - like assisting patients with transport to and from treatment.”
“Last year Richmond County raised $121,000, and we hope to surpass that this year,” said Bayless. “We are also hosting a survivor breakfast on May 7, from 9:30-11 a.m., at Fellowship United Methodist on McDonald Ave. in Hamlet. We’re serving free breakfasts to all cancer survivors, plus a guest, who want to join us.”
Those interested in finding out more about Richmond County’s Relay For Life, or joining a team, can contact Bill or Linda Bayless at 910-582-8613. Anyone interested in participating in a Main Street Cruisers event can contact Johnny Clayton at 910-582-5368.
Staff writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com