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Fundraiser to help send Scouts to 2013 Jamboree

Published 10:51pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

Proceeds from a live auction and dinner will help send five Beaufort County Boy Scouts to the Boy Scouts National Jamboree later this year.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 8 at Washington’s First United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 99 will conduct a live auction and catered dinner. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 a person. To buy tickets or for more information about the event, call Crystal Hardt at 252-944-5480 or email her at crystalhardt@suddenlink.net.
Troop 99 ScoutmasterDal Newbold discussed how the fundraiser developed.
“It was kind of a brainstorming session me and another leader about some ideas that we had come up with to help raise funds for that cost,” Newbold said. “We were on our way back from another Scout trip trying to come up with ideas, and he suggested that maybe we look at an auction.”
Newbold said the auction idea was shared with parents of Scouts in Troop 99. Those parents supported the idea, he said.
It costs $1,100 to send each Scout to the Jamboree, he said.
The troop wants to send Gunnar Hardt, Thomas McKeel, Michael O’Kelley, Blake Beresheim and Morgan Peedin to the Jamboree.
This year’s Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The Jamboree, the Boy Scouts’ flagship event, is a gathering of about 50,000 Scouts and their leaders. It is held every four years.
The auction offers more than 70 items (in varying price ranges) available to bid on, according to Scout officials.
The menu for the fundraiser includes hors d’oeuvres, prime rib, roasted turkey, ham, pork loin, oyster bar, planked salmon, North Carolina catfish, shrimp and grits, antipasto bar and desserts. The event also features Boy Scout bartender serving alcohol-free beverages.
The Boy Scouts are not doing the cooking. A professional chef is cooking the food and coordinating dining service.
Among the items being auctioned is a pig pickin’ (100-pound pig) provided by Wes Alligood, four tickets, $50 gift certificate to On the Waterfront, a football signed by the 2012 East Carolina University football team’s members, two baseballs signed by N.C. State University baseball coach Elliot Avent, a Low Country boil at the home or business of the winning bidder and a goat-skin rug. One item that may draw attention, according to auction chairwoman Lee Ann DelMonte, is an ECU mini-helmet autographed by Vonte Leach of the Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens.

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