Pig roast to benefit Friends Together

ALPENA – Memorial Day weekend is a great time for cookouts and the “Guys Like Us” group will be hosting a large one downtown on Sunday.

In the parking lot behind the Friends Together office there will be a pig roast, with the proceeds going to help support the cancer support group. The event is the latest fundraising event in the Five 4 Friends spring schedule that has included the Solutions Concert for a Cause and Docs that Rock, which was held Tuesday.

Bill Morford of Friends Together, said all of the events have been hosted to help Friends Together’s mission of lending support to those suffering from cancer have been well received. He said he expects the pig roast to be as well.

“The Guys Like Us group wanted to so something, so they put this together and it is a great idea. They will roast a pig and Styma Farms donated the potatoes and Kentucky Fried Chicken the cole slaw, Pepsi the soda and it should really be a great time,” Morford said. “There is going to be live entertainment and just a great chance for people to come downtown, have a delicious meal and support a great cause.”

Morford said the event begins at 1 p.m. and will run until 7 p.m. and cost $10 for an adult and $5 for a child. Huron Distributors will have adult beverages available.

There will be another special, non-fundraising event June 6 at the Fletcher Street Brewry that will be Friends Together way of saying thank you to everyone who has participated, planned and donated during the Five 4 Friends campaign. Morford said there will be food, drinks, games and a band for the community to enjoy.

“It will be a community celebration and everyone is welcome to come,” Morford said. “The Home Depot will be bringing their kids workshop for the children, there will be line dancing, a graffiti wall people can sign or share memories about cancer. It will be a lot of fun and a great way to cap everything off.”

Friends Together plays an important role, not only in Alpena, but in Northeast Michigan as a whole. Its services help not only people who are suffering with cancer, but also family members, or caregivers who are impacted by the disease also.

“We support local citizens who are dealing with cancer in one way or another,” Morford said. “We have a number of support groups, and another major program is helping people with the cost of getting to their medical care. We help with gas cards hotels, we have a van that helps people get to and from the cancer center.

“We do all of that and more.We provide practical assistance. We’re not the doctors, or the counselors, but we offer practical support as they go through treatment. We want to help them as much as we are able to.”

Steve Schulwitz can be reached via email at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5689. Follow Steve on Twitter ss_alpenanews. Read his blog, Upon Further Review … at www.thealpenanews.com.