Pig Pickin’

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Rotary Pig Pickin’ & Joining the AENC

Last Saturday, June 3rd 2017, was my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club’s 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It was a HUGE success, with perfect weather, over 800 people fed delicious BBQ, a record number of sponsorships and the MOST we have ever made on our major fundraising event!  Our final numbers are still pending, but it looks like we are pushing close to $50,000!!!!  This fundraiser supports our college student scholarships as well as our local & global humanitarian projects.  Many thanks to ALL of our great sponsors, especially the ones who sponsored on my behalf: Sharon Lewis Homes, Gilliam & Associates Realty, Second Empire Restaurant, Chick-fil-A Waverly Place, Nirvelli Day Spa, Fit & Able, David Hellinger LPL Financial, Dennis Sargent Law, Randy Walker of Walker Design Build, Elizabeth Asbill of Edward Jones, Jerry Kozel of JTK Mediation, 5Star Awards, Riccobene Family Dentistry, Swift Creek Animal Hospital, Owen Robinson of Keller Williams Realty, Smith Family Dental Solutions, Rally Point Bar & Grill and the Matthews House in Cary.

AENC Membership!

AENC Affiliate Roundtable

Last week I officially joined the AENC, Association Executives of North Carolina.  I have been to several of their events in the past with Rotary and with my good friend, Christine Johnson, who is a member of AENC through her job with FirstPoint Resources.  It is a group I have been interested in for a while and I’m so excited to finally be a member!  I used the remaining funds from my WBON of Cary Scholarship to join!  This morning I attended the Affiliate Roundtable discussion with the topic: “How Do I Get in the Door?”  It was very informative, I took 4 pages of notes from the speakers: Aubie Knight, Linda Stinson and Jim Booth.  I can’t wait for the next event!

Jim Booth shares Best Practices

 

Blake & I are off to Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention!!  It’s our first time going, so we don’t really know what all to expect, but we know it is going to be FUN and AMAZING!  I will be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube

 

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Pig Pickin’ in the Park…BEST YET!

Smith Family

Smith Family

This past Saturday, June 7th, was the 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  The event was held at Bond Park Senior Center in Cary and was an evening event from 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM.  This is our club’s ‘signature’ event and one that takes LOTS and LOTS of planning, preparation, time and energy.  But it is ALL worth it!  It’s a fundraiser for the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund.  Meaning that ALL of the monies raised from this event go to our college scholarships and humanitarian/community work in the area and around the globe!

Alicia and Family

Alicia and Family

The weather was PERFECT for Saturday, we had a HUGE crowd of over 700 people, delicious food from White Swan BBQ (Eastern Style), plus games out on the courtyard, classic car out front, fire truck (thank you Town of Cary),  a BIKINI BUS, a clown and live bluegrass band!  Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud Hog Wild Sponsor for this event for many years and Blake & I are happy to support as Whole Hog Sponsors.  We invite our entire family to attend and have tickets left over to share with friends.  Thanks to all of our sponsors, we had a record year with nearly 170 sponsors!!!!!

Top Sponsors!

Top Sponsors!

Our club members work very hard to make this event happen and it would never take place without their dedication, plus the dedication of their families!  We love ALL of our Rotary Families!!!!   One of the best parts of the whole event was seeing so many of our NEW members getting involved and helping with the Pig Pickin‘.  They were all smiles as they served food on the food line, poured drinks and worked the take-out outside in the hot summer sun!  The 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park was our BIGGEST event year EVER and we are so grateful and look forward to putting all of the funds raised to good use!  See you for the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!

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Pig Pickin’ in Cary, North Carolina

Have you ever been to a Pig Pickin’ ? It’s a term that I myself wasn’t really familiar with…until my family moved to Eastern NC back in the early 1990’s.

Pig Pickin'

 I remember going to my first pig pickin’ with a friend in middle school and there the pig was…laid out and cut open on the cooker. It was a sight to see and the next thing I knew “pig pickin’” was part of my vocabulary and in my 19+ years of living in North Carolina, I’ve lost coount of how many pig pickin’s I’ve attended! Over the weekend my Rotary Club, Cary-Kildaire Rotary, celebrated our 26th Annual Pig Pickin’  in the Park! The proceeds from this event benefit the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund. Our entire family always attends the Pig Pickin’ and it is such a wonderful & fun time! The weather was beautiful so we had games & tables set-up in the courtyard area (it was held at the Senior Center at Bond Park ).

Leapfrog Landcare Family

Our Entertainment Committee did a great job of getting activities there for the kids (face painting, clown with balloon art, games, and the local fire department brought a huge fire truck for the kids to see and climb on). Check out this picture of one of our sponsors (Greg Harris of Leapfrog Landcare) as his kids enjoy the fire truck! This was my year to be in charge of the pig pickin’, or be the “Head Pig” as I like to call it. It’s amazing after 26 years of how well this event runs! For about 3-months before the event our entire club works hard to contact sponsors (to bring in new ones and to keep our previous year sponsors onboard again too). On the day of the pig pickin’, everyone shows up to get things set-up and organized. It’s a well-oiled machine for sure!  We also run a bake sale that shows off the cooking talents of our many of our club members (and their family/spouses…Jenn Rossi…your desserts just keep getting better and better each year!!!) We have a live local bluegrass band that plays and we give away tons of really cool door prizes that have been donated by the community! In my opinion, it’s the BEST pig pickin’ in the area!

Family & Friends

 

Smith & Smith, CPA is always a sponsor for the pig pickin’ and I was happy to have several other of our clients support as sponsors too. One of my new sponsors this year was Aquinas Leadership Group. Matthew Yesko (of Aquinas) attended the event with his family & friends and had a great time! We also invited Travis Winter & family to attend as well. I can’t say THANK YOU ENOUGH to all of our sponsors, club members, families and COMMUNITY for keeping this event going strong each year!

 

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Travelhost Magazine of the Triangle!

I know one of the owners, Lynn Shaw, through mutual friends and the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch. Travelhost has been around since 1967 and is now serving The Triangle Area! It’s a great resource for finding things to do in the area (when you have company come in town or even for your own family). I highly recommend their site! Check them out when you get time! They ran an online social media contest on Facebook and I was the lucky winner of a gift card to Charlie Goodnight’s Comedy Club (one of our favorite places to go!) Social media is an excellent way for companies like Travelhost Magazine of the Triangle to generate interest and buildup their brand name. I look forward to a good evening of comedy soon. Thanks Travelhost Magazine of the Triangle!

 

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