The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

August 16, 2013

Labor Day Luau contest to benefit Anderson County VFDs

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Four teams will compete in a Hawaiian style pulled pork barbecue contest during a Luau-themed benefit later this month to benefit the Anderson County Volunteer Fire Department Association.

David Giles with Choice Home Care is sponsoring the event, with the help of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 911 and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America.

The Labor Day Luau will start at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Dogwood Trails Assisted Living & Memory Care, located at 1625 W. Spring St. in Palestine.

Teams competing for the best barbecue title will include Palestine Regional Medical Center, PRMC EMS, Palestine Fire Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department. Plates will be sold for $5 each, which includes sandwich served on Hawaiian bread, chips and drinks.

“The volunteer fire departments are so very important to everyone in sometimes devastating situations. They have a lot of needs to keep their departments running for their communities,” Dogwood Trails Assisted Living Activity Director Debbie Wesson said. “We want to help them meet whatever needs they may have. Hopefully, the community will come support these men and women who do face life threatening situations.

“Together, as a community, we can do a lot. Alone we can't do enough, though every little bit will help,” Wesson continued. “If we are ever unfortunate enough to need these dedicated men and women, we would want them to have every thing they need to do their best job possible.”

A tropical water slide and dunking booth are planned to keep everyone cool while enjoying the end-of-the-summer holiday, Wesson said. Blood Kin Band will perform live  music.

“Don’t be surprised to see a hula girl or two,” Wesson said. “Please make plans to join us as we ‘visit’ Hawaii and support the Anderson County Volunteer Fire Department Association.”

For more information about the event, call Wesson at 903-373-8639.