Police, youth partner for Friday barbecue sale

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Wilson police and Bethel Baptist Church youth will team up Friday for an event aimed to not only raise money for a local agency, but to build lasting relationships.

Together, police and youth group members will hold the fourth annual Bibles and Badges Barbecue Throwdown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The SPOT, 910 Tarboro St.

Plates are $10 each and cash donations will also be accepted. Plates will include barbecue, slaw, potatoes and green beans.

All proceeds will benefit Bethel Baptist youth and the Choices Women’s Center in Wilson, which is this year’s nonprofit partner.

“Come out and support the event,” said Ken Fontenot, Bethel Baptist’s senior pastor. “Meet our local police, interact with our children.”

He said the proceeds will go back into low-income communities. The annual event brings police and youth together for a common goal — to help others.

“It’s critical that the young people in our community meet our officers and that our officers meet our young people,” Fontenot said.

Organizers will also hold a cook-off competition between Bethel Baptist Church, the Wilson Police Department’s Homicide Task Force and the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Corrections.

Parker’s Barbecue teamed up with youth and police and donated food for 400 people. Fontenot said organizers have sold 250 ticketed plates so far and hope the community will rally and help them meet their goal of selling 400 plates.

The event will feature a demonstration by Wilson Police Department’s K-9 unit. Wilson Fire/Rescue Services will be present. There will also be games and activities throughout the day.

Fontenot said the fundraiser grows each year and also strengthens the bond between police and youth in the community.

“It’s far-reaching,” he said. “The human capital is about putting people together. There is no value to what that will mean in the long run.”

Tickets can be purchased prior to Friday by contacting Ken Fontenot at 252-237-3654 or folks can purchase on site the day of the event at The SPOT, where drive-thru service will be available.