ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Shrine Club Fish Fry was declared a rousing success, according to President Garrett Smith.
“We were very satisfied. We had one of the best organized fish fries we’ve ever had,” said Smith.
While Smith declined to say what the amount was that the group raised, he did say the club felt the fish fry was successful. All of the proceeds will be given to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
“It was a great fish fry and we just want to thank all of the volunteers for coming out,” said Smith.
The Shriners Hospital for Children provides services for families regardless of their ability to pay. The services provided by the Shriners’ hospital include orthopedic care, cleft lip and cleft palate, burn care, and spinal cord injury.
With locations in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown, Smith said folks had plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh hot fish, and many took advantage of it. Many folks preferred the convenience of the drive-thru lane compared to standing in line.
“The drive-thru lanes were a great success for us,” said Smith.
Many folks also turned out to volunteer alongside the Shrine Club members to help make the event a success including the Tar Heel Challenge Academy and members of several area churches. The club was also feeling the loss of one of their long-time fish fry volunteers Davidson Taylor.
“He was sorely missed,” said Smith.
Smith said the Shrine Club was thankful for the community support over the years.
“We just thank everyone for coming out and supporting this,” said Smith of the turn out.
Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.