First Baptist Church of Burnsville will be holding a benefit barbeque lunch and dinner on Friday, October 4, 2013. This “Michael Harris Appreciation Day” event is open to all. The meal of barbeque, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and dessert will be served from 12-2 and 4-7 p.m. that day, and may be eaten in the church’s Fellowship Hall or taken out. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. They may be purchased at Banks Jewelry and Gifts, Old Timey Fall Festival September 28th, Price’s Creek General Store (mornings of September 21st and September 28th only), and at the door.
Michael Harris is the son of Tony and Fonda Harris of Burnsville, and a graduate of Mountain Heritage High School and North Carolina State University. Michael was injured four years ago, while working on a “danger” crew trimming and cutting trees that threatened utility lines. A five hundred pound red oak limb struck Michael, resulting in broken bones and shattered vertebrae, a collapsed lung, and a partially severed spinal cord, among other injuries. Through hard work and determination, Michael has recovered from all of his injuries except the spinal cord injury, and his ultimate goal is to walk again. Proceeds from this event will be used to help Michael achieve his goal.
The event will also feature a raffle, including a Buck Stove fire pit, a Mossberg 37204 AR-15/22 L.R. hunting rifle, a carved wood intarsia framed mirror crafted by Joyce Thisse, flyfishing equipment (including rod, reel and flyline), a flyfishing or sightseeing tour, and a tool set that includes cordless drill/drivers and ratchet wrench air tools. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and will be on sale at the ticket sales locations listed above and at the door. (poster)