Grill-off set for Saturday

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Event to raise funds for clinic

By Meaghan Downs

Anderson County residents will be grilling for a cause — a free medical clinic.
The Grill Master Grill-Off fundraiser for the Anderson County Community Medical Clinic will be held at the Anderson County Community Park Lions Club pavilion on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  
Donna Crain Drury, chairman of the fundraising committee for the clinic, said a free medical clinic is something that Anderson County needs and would give more people the opportunity to get medical care.
She invites the public to help support the clinic at the grill-off as well.
“The public has been very generous in donating supplies, people have been responding to our needs for that,” Drury said.
Adult, children and team grillers will compete for Grill Master and to receive prizes.  Set up and check-in times for the teams starts at 7 a.m.
The entry fees for the fundraiser are $30 per adult team, $20 per adult and $10 per individual child.
Organizers are extending the deadline for the grill-off until the day of the event, Drury said.
Competition categories include adult individual, for those 18 years and older at 1 p.m.; youth individual, for those ages 6-17 (with adult supervision) at 11 a.m.; adult team (two or more) at 1 p.m.; and youth team (two or more with adult supervision) at 11 a.m.
Grilling winners will be announced at 3:15 p.m. following the announcement of the silent auction and raffle winners at 3 p.m.
Other activities includes a grilling demonstration at 9:15 a.m. by “Two Bald Guys and a Grill” (Bo Spencer and Bryan Conway), music and dancing entertainment, silent auction and raffles.
Entertainment throughout the day’s event includes the Velasco Sisters, R & R, Potter’s Clay, soloist Gina Rue, Killin Time Band and Alton Station.
Grilled food and drinks for sale will be provided at the event by the Anderson County Marching Band and its boosters from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Luttrell’s Concessions will sell morning snacks, drinks and grilled sandwiches in the afternoon.
Activities for children will be available at the event; everything from face painting to crafts.
There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. 
Fundraiser coordinators also ask participants and attendees to bring either canned or boxed goods to the Grill-Off to donate to Opens Hands food pantry in memory of the late Marie Crawford Garmon in tribute of her contributions to hospice and the community.
Event proceeds will benefit the Anderson Co. Community Medical Clinic, who is sponsoring the event. The Anderson County Community Clinic, Inc., is scheduled to open in November.
The complete schedule for the grill-off will be available at the “Medical Clinic Fundraising and Publicity” Facebook page.
 For details and entry information, contact Donna C. Drury at 502-859-8080 or donnacdrury@bellsouth.net.

Want to volunteer?
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Anderson County Community Medical Clinic must complete a free training session, clinic staff said.
The free training session will be held Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Open Hands food pantry, 1111 Industry Road in Lawrenceburg.
A background check is also required.
According to Board of Directors Chairman Opal Phillips, the clinic wants everyone to know CPR, HIPPA and patient confidentiality. “We want to make sure everyone knows the proper conduct,” she said.
To register for the volunteer training or schedule training, contact volunteer coordinator Carol Stewart at 839-9495 or Phillips at 839-6676.
Clients will be screened with the same tool that the Anderson County Health Department uses, so clients must call the health department to schedule appointments with the health clinic.
The clinic will be for clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions and others.