For his journey to earn the highest honor in the Boy Scout organization, Stephen Carroll is working to build a storage facility for the Midway High School Band program. And community members can help out by buying a plate of tasty barbecue.
Carroll, a junior musician, is currently collecting funds to benefit Project Eagle Song. After it’s completed, Carroll will earn the distinguished Eagle Scout ranking and the Midway district will have a facility to house items such as trailers, props for band competitions and cooking equipment.
The barbecue fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at the Dunn Community Building, 205 Jackson Road, Dunn. Meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. One pound of barbecue; or a plate of barbecue, which includes two sides, a dessert and a roll, can be purchased for $8 each. Pints of homemade barbecue sauce are also being sold for $8.
“It’s going to be home grown and it’s a family recipe,” he said about the cooking. “It’s going to be great and delicious.”
So far, he has raised $10,000 for the project, which is estimated to cost more than $40,000. With help of local church ensembles, Carroll hosted a gospel event. The cookout will be the second fundraiser for the local student.
Carroll said the storage facility is a much needed project for the school.
“The band is getting huge,” he said about the organization, which includes about 75 people. “In the amount of two years, we’ve gained so many people. It’s grown an extensive amount and we have nowhere to put everything.
“We’ve been trying to do something with all this equipment that we have, instead of putting it inside other people’s areas. This building will really help out the band.”
Carroll is hoping to complete the facility by spring or summer next year. The 34-by-34-foot facility made out of steel and tin, with two opening doors, will be located beside the two greenhouses behind the school. Plans also include electricity and insulation.
Community members may dine in or take their meals home. An order of 10 or more may be delivered. To pre-order or to schedule delivery call 910-988-0233 or email Carroll at [email protected]
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