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Red Cross quail fry to wrap up campaign

Published 10:03am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Red Cross Heroes Campaign is drawing to a close, but one last event is scheduled for Friday to give the Red Cross a final fundraising push.

The annual quail fry will be held April 5 beginning at 6 p.m., and tickets are on sale for $35 per couple or $20 per individual.

“It has turned into our signature event,” said Karen Kison, event coordinator. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

The quail fry will be held at L.D. Benton’s barn on Elkahatchee Road, and Kison said they hope to raise $10,000 through ticket sales, the bake auction and donations.

“We have some people who love the Red Cross,” Kison said. “This is something they love doing to support the Red Cross.”

The quail fry began as an idea from Red Cross Hero Gene Gwaltney. This year he’s bringing in the quail from Five Star and the shrimp from the Gulf, in addition to venison.

Melissa Poe, director of Alabama Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, said she is looking forward to the quail fry.

“Every year it has grown, and every year it has gotten better,” Poe said. “Everybody just really has a good time. I hope people will come out.”

The quail fry will also feature entertainment – by Rexton Lee and possibly Kowaliga Idol 5 winner Cheri Edwards – and a flat screen TV giveaway, with the TV ticket hidden in one of the bake auction items.

“It’s a fun thing to do on Friday night – coming out and supporting the Red Cross.” Kison said.

This year’s event, Kison said, also features special event sponsors: Tallapoosa Ford, Darwin Dobbs, Bice Motors and Nationwide Insurance.

Tickets can be purchased from Red Cross board members or at the Red Cross office. They will also be available at the event.

Benton’s is located at 4841 Elkahatchee Road – on the left coming from town – and Kison said a Red Cross sign will be out front.

The event will also feature people sharing testimonials about how the Red Cross has impacted their lives

“Last year we had somebody talk about lifeguarding and how they had Red Cross life guarding classes and saved a life,” Kison said. “It is neat to see how the Red Cross has affected this community.”

For more information call Kison at 256-395-2260.