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By Submitted, 04/25/19 11:31 AM

The 33rd Annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Blevins High School Cafeteria. Serving time will start at 4:00 p.m. with Carry Outs available.
Our benefit was started because of the number of children from this area that were patients in the Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds each had a granddaughter that had used the hospital and they wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the way the Hospital not only treated the patients, but how they cared for the parents and families of the children that were in the hospital. They contacted several in the community and we had the 1stbenefit and raised $5,000. The community all agreed that this is a great cause and decided to continue to have the event the first Saturday in May. We have raised over $320,000 over the past 32 years for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
We are one of the oldest contributors to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an area of our size that the hospital has.
This year we have a new Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We want to thank Townsend Outdoor in Hope for helping us with the gun. You do not have to be present to win.
This year’s entertainment will feature The Bear Creek Boys. The Bear Creek Boys have been with us the past 31 years.
At 7:00 p.m. we will have a Cake Auction. We have some of the best cooks in the area. We urge everyone to bring their best desserts or what they want to donate to the auction to come and enjoy.
This year’s benefit will consist of Barbecue Beef, Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The cost will be $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 and under. We have kept the price the same since we have started because this gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a good clean family gathering. The reason we can keep it the same price is because all the area Churches each donate money and the area Business donated money to help fund this event. Everything that is raised that night goes directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of the great community support. The area Churches each take time to come and serve during the benefit and provide the desserts and drinks. The best part of all is that we don’t stop our boundaries just in Blevins. We reach out to all the communities in Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Pike and adjoining communities. We want everyone that has had a child, grandchild or a family member that has been in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital to come and enjoy this event.
If anyone were to get severely burned, then they would be at the Children’s Hospital because they are the Burn Unit for Arkansas.
Our Motto is that if the money we raise that night can save just one child’s life, then all the work that goes into this event is well worth the effort. We urge everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event and help the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.