Annual Four F benefit barbeque is set for June 7

Published on Saturday, 24 May 2014 23:33 - Written by From Staff Reports

What could be better than feasting on a plateful of tasty, home-cooked barbeque with all the trimmings, while at the same time helping out a grateful array of homeless canines and cats?

East Texans will have the chance to do both at the eighth annual Four F Foundation Benefit Barbeque on June 7. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the foundation’s headquarters, 18793 County Road 481 in Lindale. Proceeds from the family-oriented event will aid the nonprofit foundation — which operates one of the state’s relatively few no-kill animal shelters — in its ongoing efforts to care for dozens of furry tenants.

The benefit’s “no-one-leaves-hungry” menu includes grilled or slow-smoked beef, chicken and pork, complemented by an impressive assortment of salads, vegetables and desserts. Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at gate) for adults and $3.50 ($5 at gate) for children under 8.

Throughout the evening, guests will be entertained by Wheels Off, an East Texas country band. Also featured will be a silent and live auctions packed with merchandise and gift certificates donated by area artisans, retailers and restaurants.

After their meal, guests can visit shelter animals and youngsters can roast marshmallows and make s’mores at a large, adult-supervised campfire.

“Before many of our furry, four-legged friends got here, they never experienced love or affection, but we’ve changed their lives for the better,” said Ben Fletcher, who with his wife Penny, established the foundation in 2007 on the couple’s picturesque ranch. “Making sure our animals get the humane care and medical treatment they deserve is our primary objective, and fundraisers like this benefit BBQ help greatly to achieve that goal.”

Since its creation, the foundation has rescued more than 500 dogs and cats. Animals not adopted remain at the shelter for the remainder of their natural lives.

For more information about the benefit, including sponsorship opportunities, telephone Penny Fletcher at 903-881-9169. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible.