For more than three decades the Blevins community has come together every year to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock with their annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue. That time is here again and everyone who has been working to put the event together invites everyone to join them Saturday, May 4 for a night of great food, fellowship and fun.
The tradition was started 33 years ago by Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds who each had a granddaughter who spent time in Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The couples wanted to express their appreciation for how the hospital treated the children there as patients and the families. The first event raised $5000 and has continued as a tradition on the first Saturday in May ever since. In its 32 years, the event has raised $320,000 for the hospital and is looking to keep that number growing this year.
The Barbecue starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday on the Blevins School campus and will have great food, a cake auction and live musical entertainment by The Bear Creek Boys. The menu includes barbecue beef, pork and chicken with coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, roll, dessert and drink. Cost for adults is $5 and $2.50 for children under 12. The Cake Auction will begin at 7 p.m. Take-out will be available for those who can’t stay.
The cost has stayed the same over the years and the group says they keep it that way so that everyone has an opportunity to come out and enjoy the good, clean family gathering. Don Honea said that the cost has been able to stay so low thanks to the generosity of all the area churches and businesses that donate money for the event and volunteer their time to serve during the event.
The Blevins organization has reached out to all the surrounding counties and communities and encourages everyone, including those who have had a child or family member who has been a patient at Children’s, to make the trip to Blevins Saturday. The event will be well worth the drive.
In addition to treating children and being on the front line of medical research, Arkansas Children’s Hospital is also the burn unit for the State of Arkansas. Anyone who suffers severe burns will be spending time at the Children’s.
Don Honea said those involved in the fundraiser believe that if the money they can raise every year can help save just one child’s life, all the work that goes into putting the event on is well worth it. Everyone involved hopes you will come out and enjoy the event yourself and help to support the children who rely on Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
All proceeds go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.