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Low Country Boil raises cancer awareness
Oct 05, 2006 12:00 am
Four years after a small group of neighbors met at a backyard party, the Low Country Boil has become a premier event to raise awareness about cancer.
From that backyard party grew the Shamrock Society, which was formed as a support system for one of the members whose niece was fighting breast cancer.
"There are approximately 15 members of the Shamrock Society," Silent Auction Chair Ray Lynn Crutcher said.
The proceeds from the event, which includes a dinner and dancing plus a silent auction, are donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition and also to Sherry's Run.
"This year is the first year we've opened up to colon cancer and Sherry's Run," Crutcher said.
The event has come a long way in a short time as organizers anticipated between 300-400 guests in attendance.
"It has progressed each year," Crutcher said. "We start preparing for it weeks in advance."
"We grow about 50 guests each year," entertainment coordinator Scott Harris added.
All of the guests could participate in the silent auction which included a wide array of items. Everything from power tools, rocking chairs and other household items were on display. There was also an autographed acoustic guitar signed by Vince Gill and a number of hockey-related items, including pink sticks signed by Predators players and a cooler loaded with items such as four tickets to an upcoming home game.
Guests were treated to dinner catered by Two Fat Men Catering.
"We try to have a different menu each year," Black said. "This year has a Brazilian flare."
After sitting down with their dinner plates, the attendees were treated to live musical performances. Artists Jas Patrick and David Hale took the stage under the large tent as guests settled down for the meal.
Hawk Specialty Services also provided equipment for the evening.
"All of the musical performances were donated, so that's fantastic," Harris noted.
James Cheers, who performs with the band called The Spinners, was the late night performer as guests made their way out of the tent and into the backyard for dancing.
"We have all kinds of entertainment," Crutcher said.
All of the organizers were pleased with the amount of support the event has received.
"We've doubled the amount raised each year," Black said. "Last year we received $28,000 and it all went to TBCC."
"This community has given and given," Crutcher added. "It amazes me how they will continue to give."
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.