BBQ for Books

Last year’s BBQ for Books helped raise money for early literacy in Stokes County.

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What do grass skirts, flowered shirts and coconut shells have in common? Hawaii! At this year’s BBQ for Books, themed Pigs ‘n Paradise, it’s suggested that folks come dressed to celebrate the ancient traditions of this beautiful paradise. While there, participants help to raise money for early literacy initiatives for Stokes County’s 2,200 young children, age birth to age five years old. All proceeds go toward the Howard Mabe Literacy Fund, which is used to support programs such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Inn by Hilton Hotel, 5790 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased by October 7.

A returning favorite is Michael Parker, professional benefit auctioneer, who not only runs the live auction, but is quite entertaining in the process. Parker, a retired homicide prosecutor and past District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 20A, owns his own company, Michael Parker Benefit Auctions. In September 2014, he went back to work as a police attorney for the City of Fayetteville Attorney’s Office; with the understanding there would be flexibility for him to be able to continue his work in the auction business. Michael Parker is a second generation auctioneer who has called auctions for more than 30 years.

The meal is being provided by Triad Community Kitchen and Providence Restaurant & Catering, a program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. Participation in BBQ for Books will not only help Stokes Partnership for Children, but also Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves Stokes County, as well.

To raise funds, the event will feature three silent auctions, a live auction, crab bucket bidding, a pig pen raffle, heads or tails, dessert dash, fund-a-need, blue and yellow line drawings, a VIP drawing and a wild card mystery game. According to Cindy Tuttle, SPC executive director, “Michael Parker takes full control the night of the event. He keeps things hopping and interesting. No one gets bored and last year, folks really enjoyed him. Not only are there great items to bid on, but great food, good fellowship, and also entertainment by just watching Michael do his thing.”

This is a fun-filled, action packed night for adults with a mission to raise money for early literacy. Recommended dress is casual Hawaiian or tropical style attire. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. Fast Track check-out will be available. This is a non-alcoholic event.

Tickets are on sale now, are limited to 200 and can be purchased online at or by calling 335-985-2676. A sampling of auction items can be viewed at the Stokes Partnership for Children Facebook page. For questions or to sponsor or donate to the event, email Cindy Tuttle at or visit

Last year’s BBQ for Books helped raise money for early literacy in Stokes County. year’s BBQ for Books helped raise money for early literacy in Stokes County. Courtesy photo
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