United Way serving up annual quail fry

United Way hosted its annual quail fry last year and had more than 300 guests. This year’s event will be on April 7.

The Lake Martin Area United Way will be holding its annual quail fry fundraiser Saturday, April 7 at The Stables at Russell Crossroads beginning at 5 p.m. The 2017 fundraiser raked in more than $15,000 for the United Way as over 300 people attended the event, and local United Way officials are hoping for another great turnout this year.

“We planned for about 150 people, but over 300 came,” United Way Executive Director Sharon Fuller said. “People kept coming up over the hill toward the stables in waves. Thankfully we had plenty of food— more than 600 quail along with a shrimp boil and gumbo, rice, green beans, and coleslaw.”

Along with the fried quail and other food available, the event will feature a baked goods auction, where guests will have the chance to bid on cakes, bread, cookies, cheese straws and other assorted items.

“We have some truly talented bakers in our community,” Marketing and Initiatives Director Courtney Layfield said. “There are literally over a hundred cakes, breads, cookies, cheese straws— you name it— to choose from. All are homemade and wonderful. We’ve had pound cakes go for over $800 at the auction.”

As the United Way prepares for the annual quail fry, the group is asking for anyone interested in baking items for the auction to prepare their goods and donate them to the cause. To donate items, call the United Way office at 256-329-3600. Items must be wrapped or boxed and labeled with a description of what the item is and the name of the person who prepared it, so that it can be clearly seen. Items need to be dropped off at the United Way office conference room between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

With the 2018 “Team United” campaign having recently concluded, Fuller said the quail fry on April 7 will serve as the first fundraiser for the 2019 campaign, “Lake Martin Life Savers.”

“We just wrapped up 2018, having met our goal, and we turn right back around and get started again with the next campaign with the quail fry,” Fuller said.

Tickets for the quail fry are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They can be purchased at the United Way office in downtown Alexander City, at Valley National Bank in Dadeville, or from any member of the Lake Martin Area United Way staff. In addition to thanking the public for their support, the United Way wanted to thank Russell Lands for being gracious enough to once again show support for the organization by hosting the quail fry.