Augusta government to hold barbecue for Harvey relief

From left, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Commissioner Bill Fennoy and City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson appeared with numerous other Augusta officials Tuesday to announce a Friday barbecue and chicken plate fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. SUSAN McCORD/STAFF

Augusta city and county offices will join forces to help victims of Hurricane Harvey with a barbecue fundraiser Friday.

 

“It takes people to help people. The federal government, the state government the local government can all try to do something, but it’s not nearly enough when you’re talking about a disaster of the magnitude of what folks suffered with Hurricane Harvey,” City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said.

Mayor Hardie Davis, the Augusta Commission and representatives from the Augusta Fire Department, Augusta Utilities and other city departments, in addition to the Richmond County tax commissioner,the clerk of Superior Court, the Marshal’s Office and other agencies and groups gathered Tuesday to announce the fundraiser, set for Friday at the Augusta Municipal Building.

Davis said the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

“We couldn’t be more proud to come together as a team to raise resources that will help the hurricane relief efforts,” he said.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy, credited with calling for the event, challenged department heads to bring their best barbecue game.

“Chief James to my right, Tom Wiedmeier (of Augusta Utilities) to my left – they have been talking about who has the best barbecue, but I’m going to throw some meat on the grill myself,” Fennoy said. “Don’t feel intimidated because I’m a commissioner.”

Pork and chicken plates will be available for a minimum $10 payment, starting at 11 a.m. Friday until supplies run out, in the Linda Beazley Community Room at the municipal building, 535 Telfair St.

“We’re going to have a good time, we’re going to raise some money and we’re going to support our brothers and sisters in Houston, Texas,” Fennoy said.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

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