PILOT MOUNTAIN — Recently, the town raised more than $15,000 for Police Captain Michael Palmer.
Learning Palmer was diagnosed with cancer in December, and unable to return to work, Police Chief Darryl Bottoms knew he had to help Palmer.
After a month or so of planning, Chief Bottoms decided on a Port-A-Pit chicken fundraiser.
Friday 2,410 plates were put together, delivered and picked up by folks in the community. “We had 30 to 40 people who volunteered to help,” said Bottoms. “I even had to turn some people away who wanted to help and I hated to do it.”
The doors opened in the bottom of Town Hall at 11 a.m. for those who were interested to stop in and buy a plate, by 11:30 a.m. people could be seen lined outside the doors, into the parking lot.
“We had already sent out around 2,000 plates,” said Bottoms, at 11:30 a.m.
Amongst the entry to the building, a silent auction table held various donated items such as three brand-name purses, a pocket knife, and a car wash kit. The exact amount the silent auction raised was undetermined.
With country music playing, and barbecue chicken smoking in the parking lot, a steady stream of traffic seemed to be continuously flowing throughout the time of the event.
One event go-er, George Gray stated, “It’s a beautiful day for an event,” as there was a light breeze and sunny skies.
Town Manager Michael Boaz was on hand, helping prepare plates to be sent out. “I am really surprised and pleased with the support that our community has shown Captain Palmer,” he said. “We thought we might sell 1,000 plates, but ended up selling 2,410 plates. On behalf of the board of commissioners and the town staff, we really appreciate the support from our community for Captain Palmer.”
Commissioners Kim Quinn and Evan Cockerham gave their support from afar, ordering food to their place of work. “The food was yummy,” said Quinn.
“We could not have accomplished this without the support of many folks in the community and we can’t say thank you enough,” added Boaz.
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