Ruritan chicken stew to benefit Atkins

By Dean Palmer - For The Pilot

WESTFIELD — The South Westfield Ruritan Club will host a chicken stew and hot dog supper this Saturday evening beginning at 4:30 at the South Westfield Ruritan Building, with all proceeds to benefit Jesse Atkins II.

The meal will be offered on a “donations only” basis, with patrons invited to enjoy their meal along with friends and neighbors at the club building or drop by to pick up a take-out order.

Proceeds from the evening will go toward helping the Atkins family with medical expenses. Jesse Atkins II , 16, is the son of Jerry and Anita Atkins and attends East Surry High School. He has played football at the school and is a member of Pilot Mountain Boy Scout Troop 545. Active in his community, he is also a member of Jessup Grove Baptist Church and of the South Westfield Ruritan Club.

According to club members, Atkins was diagnosed with pre-leukemia or MDS, after being taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital. He is receiving chemotherapy treatments and will be having a bone marrow transplant.

“We probably won’t be able to pay hospital bills or anything like that,” noted club member Fred Venable, “but we want to do whatever we can to help with the costs and expenses the family will run into because of this. We can help with travel expenses and possibly lodging if it’s needed. We want to invite everybody out and we’re hoping to have a good night.”

Established in 1963, the South Westfield Ruritan Club has 30 members representing a cross-section of its community. The South Westfield Ruritan Building is located at 2121 Cook School Road.

“This (benefit) is who we are,” Venable explained, “and this has always been our purpose. Anyone in our area who is experiencing hardship and needs us, we try to help them out. Over the years, we’ve been able to help a lot of people as we’ve brought this community together for a common cause.”

Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or

By Dean Palmer

For The Pilot

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