05 27 2015

Benefit Fish Fry, Health Events Set In Ben Wheeler

BEN WHEELER—Ben Wheeler Development Company, Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation and Ben Wheeler-based business Door Control Services have teamed up again to raise funds for the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department.
The three are co-sponsoring the second annual Fish Fry Fundraiser next Saturday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event will be held at The Forge Annex behind The Forge Bar & Grill on Farm-to-Market 279 downtown.
In conjunction with the Fish Fry Fundraiser, the town is also hosting the Full of Life Activities event from 2 to 7 p.m. for the community.
The Full of Life schedule is as follows:
• Health screenings by Canton Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation at The Children’s Library of Ben Wheeler Community Room.
• Carter BloodCare Bus at The Pickin’ Porch.
• Mammogram information and appointment set-up.
• Kids and adult yoga/karate/zumba at The Children’s Library of Ben Wheeler Community Room.
• Bike safety and cooking classes at the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department
• Farmers’ market by Saxon Farms and Goodson Family Market at The Pickin’ Porch on Ben Wheeler Festival Grounds.
• Kids’ scavenger hunt at all Ben Wheeler merchants.
Also note, The Children’s Library of Ben Wheeler will be open until 7 p.m. that day. Children are invited to pick out five books to keep, and kids can enjoy face painting.
The Full of Life activities are free.
At the Fish Fry Fundraiser, for just $5, guests can enjoy live music and a dinner plate loaded with southern favorites including fried fish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and water.
Tickets for the dinner plate can be purchased at the door. All proceeds raised will go directly to the fire department. There’s limited seating, but lawn chairs will be permitted.
For added comfort, The Forge Annex is equipped with cooling misters, ceiling fans and lighting for guests to enjoy the event as they help support the fire department.
The Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community since 1963. Hurley Ray Ammons and John Veazey were the original forces behind establishing the department with Veazey at the helm as its first fire chief.
Ammons served as the second fire chief. Today, his son Tony Ammons has taken the reins.
“The first annual Fish Fry Fundraiser was a big success last year and we are hoping that ‘Full of Life,’ added this year, will just continue to enhance and enrich the lives of Ben Wheeler’s residents and its neighbors,” explained Jenni Wilson, Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation manager and one of the event’s organizers
“It’s all about helping each other and ensuring that our community and its residents are taken care of,” she added.
Door Control Services is offering pre-sale Fish Fry tickets for those who don’t want to purchase at the door.
For those who can’t attend, but would like to make a donation to the fire department, call 903-833-5815, ext. 208.

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