By Ray Tuers 

Barbecue Butt Fundraiser Yields A Happy 'October Surprise' For The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club


Last updated 10/29/2020 at 9:06am

This scene from last year was reenacted with pandemic year masks when the "Smokin' Crew" gathered around Clay Sykes's oversized barbecue smoker at Shuford Farm. Preparing and cooking the 100 pork butts took some 18 hours. (Photos courtesy of Ray Tuers)

During the election season an "October surprise" can mean trouble for a politician, but for the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County one brought smiles when proceeds of a benefit sale of smoked pork butts were added up.

The club received nearly five times the expected revenue in sales and donations: $25,000 instead of the $5,000 to $7,500 the benefit raised in past years.

"These are tough times for us because we were unable to stage two of our main fundraisers because of the pandemic," said the club's resource development director, Kathleen de la Torre. "So this was an...

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