Cinco de Porko dishing up funds for two organizations

Volunteers Kyler Weaver,Tyler Upton and Kolin Wharton help serve the shrimp feast at last year’s event. (Submitted photo)

DAGSBORO — It’s an evening of food and drink, socializing, music, dancing and auction item opportunities — all in the vein of fun in fundraising.

Cinco de Porko, the fifth annual Pick’n, Peel’n, Pull’n event benefiting the Good Ole Boy Foundation and Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, is Saturday, March 9 and tickets are selling well, organizers say.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Dagsboro Fire Station 73 on Clayton Street.

Tickets are $40 in advance, and $45 at the door, if any are available.

“We are limiting it to 1,000 people this year. We do not anticipate any being sold at the door,” said Melissa Townsend, one of the organizers with the fire department.

“So, get your tickets now,” added Bryan Townsend of DVFD.

“We want to make sure each and every guest has a seat and is comfortable,” said Good Ole Boy Foundation spokesman Josh Wharton. “We want to make it enjoyable for everyone to get up dancing, have a good time and have another great, successful event.”

Again, the age 21-and-over event will feature Hocker’s BBQ pulled pork, shrimp prepared by the “Steam Team” crew from Showell Volunteer Fire Department and the Bo Dickerson Band, back by popular demand for a fourth consecutive year.

Augmenting the all-you-can-eat menu: hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and chips, along with beer, soda and frozen margaritas.

The live auction will include special items, among them vacation packages.

The Chinese auction will offer numerous items such as gift cards, spas, manicures, hair, bottled wine, Simply Southern items, packaged gifts and baskets and many others.

The event will feature custom metal artwork and firearm raffles.

“And then we have items geared more towards the women. So, something for everyone. We try to cover our whole demographics,” said Mr. Wharton.

In addition, two raffles will be staged specifically for the sponsors because “the sponsors donate so much,” said Ms. Townsend.

And, Banks Wine & Spirits will have “something special” in store for everyone who attends, Mr. Wharton added.

Sponsors table packages are available for $600, which includes eight tickets, sombreros, chips and salsa, commemorative event shirts as well miscellaneous collectible memorabilia.

This year’s catchy theme, Cinco de Porko, was coined by Mr. Wharton, tying this being the “fifth” year for their event with the Cinco de Mayo celebration held annually May 5.

“When you think of Cinco de Mayo, you never think of a bad time,” Mr. Wharton said. “Everybody always enjoys that, so let’s have us a good time in March.”

All proceeds support the Good Ole Boy Foundation, which assists families during unforeseen situations, and Dagsboro VFD.

“Like I have said before, we live in the greatest community in the country. I truly believe that,” said Mr. Wharton. “And some of the best people in our community who appreciate not only what we do, but what the Dagsboro Fire Department does day in and day out come out to show their support. You can tell that by the way people act when they get there. Everybody has a good time, and everybody is there to help. They never forget the reason why we are having this event.”

To purchase tickets or sponsor table packages, call Bryan Townsend at 381-7329 or Josh Wharton at 245-7893.

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