Hawaiian pig roast a unique fundraiser for church

The Legion’s hall was packed to the gills as people from all over came to enjoy a scrumptious meal at the Hawaiian Pig Roast

The Legion’s hall was packed to the gills as people from all over came to enjoy a scrumptious meal at the Hawaiian Pig Roast on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The roast, put on by St. Georges Anglican Church, was held to help raise money to help cover everyday operational costs of the church.

“Henry approached us about doing a pig roast,” said one of the organizers, Marg Grandfield, about Henry Johnson, one of the church parishioners. “It’s his specialty. We decided to go ahead and do it.”

Right before the event got underway, the organizers had to scramble to set up additional tables because the tickets had not only sold well, they’d sold very well and they didn’t have enough seats.

“It’s a bit tight but we did it,” Grandfield said.

As guests came in and got their Hawaiian lei, the 156 seats began to fill up quickly. In the end, the group sold 176 tickets and had to set up an additional five tables to handle the guests.

The pig itself didn’t last long; by the time the last guest got their plate and went through the buffet line, it was down to bare bones.

“We’re seeing a lot of action at our silent auction and the door prizes are going over well,” Grandfield said in the packed hall. She said the community and the parish had gotten behind the organizers completely, donating food, parts of the meal and prizes for the silent auction.

“We’re hoping to do an annual event,” Grandfield said, though she noted it might not be a pig roast every year – but considering the reception of this year’s event, it may just be that. “Everyone is having fun.”

 

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