Helping, fun on weekend agenda

Upcoming events offer mix of charity, revelry
Sep. 04, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Lee County residents have a number of opportunities to support their community and give back in the coming weekend — all while enjoying themselves in the process.

Several upcoming events that will benefit local causes, and provide an array of entertainment for residents and visitors, are as follows: 

What: Hope Hyde family plate sale and fundraiser

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 8553 Cox Mill Road.

Cost: $7 for a barbecue chicken plate with coleslaw, baked beans, a roll and homemade dessert.

A day-long fundraiser and plate sale Saturday will benefit one Lee County girl with a chromosomal condition and her family’s mounting medical expenses.

Barbecue chicken, along with sides, dessert and a drink, will be sold to help Hope Hyde, a 16-month-old girl with Edward’s Syndrome, throughout the day Saturday. 

Hope has a feeding tube and needs an oxygen tube to breathe, according to Jerry Lynn Farmer, one of the event’s organizers, and most children with the disorder do not live past their second birthdays.

“We are going to have a silent auction, and some people have donated some really nice items,” Farmer said. Some of the items include basketballs signed by the Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University’s basketball coaches.

The event at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church will also have live music, a car show, games for children, a dunking booth and a corn hole tournament.

  What: Sanford 2nd Sunday

When: Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Sanford

Cost: Free

Sunday kickstarts a downtown street fair whose organizers are aiming to make it a monthly attraction. 

This Sunday is the inaugural Sanford 2nd Sunday, which will feature downtown businesses remaining open throughout the afternoon, live music and street vendors every second Sunday in September and October, according to David Nestor, the event’s organizer. The events will take a winter hiatus before starting again in April, he said. 

“The idea is to bring people to downtown,” Nestor said.

Dawn Nestor said the couple is still seeking artisan vendors who want to participate in the monthly event. For more information,   email 

  What: 2nd Chance Prom benefiting Communities in Schools of Lee County

When: 7:30 - 11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, located at 1801 Nash St.

Cost: $30 for individual tickets and $50 for a couple

More than a dozen Lee County residents are campaigning to be named prom king or queen this Saturday night — all in an effort to raise funds for local students.

The 2nd Chance Prom is this year’s major fundraiser for Communities in Schools of Lee County, a public-private partnership working on behalf of public school children, according to CIS Executive Director Heather Little.

“This is the first time we have gone with a format like this,” Little said in a previous interview. “It is also the first time an event like this has been done in Sanford. We had seen events like this hosted by radio stations, and it just looked like a fun way for everyone to be involved.”

People can vote — via a $5 donation — for their prom king or queen  candidate at

  What: Splash ‘n’ Bark event benefiting a dog park at O.T. Sloan Park.

When: 9: 30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: O.T. Sloan Park, located at 1420 Bragg St.

Cost: $15 donation per dog and $5 for spectators.

Dog owners have a chance to make literal waves this weekend during an inaugural event to to fund the creation of a Lee County dog park.

The Carolina DockDogs, a club for dog owners and fans who participate in dock jumping and dock diving sports for dogs, will have three exhibitions at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the Splash ‘n’ Bark event Saturday at O.T. Sloan Park. The funds raised during the event will go toward establishing a dog park at O.T. Sloan.

The day-long event will also feature a photo booth, face painting and balloons, food and other vendors and an introduction to dock jumping for Lee County dogs.