Beth Holland has been a friendly face among many Sampsonians throughout the years. Serving breakfast and lunch daily at her grill, Beth’s, much of the community wants to repay Holland for her years of serving them.
Dean and Tracey Page, owners of The Hungry Farmer Restaurant, along with the help of many from the community, are hosting a fundraising event for Holland Oct. 17.
The event will be held from 7-10 a.m. at the restaurant, located at 2474 Isaac Weeks Road.
Holland is suffering from cancer. According to Tracey, the cancer began in Beth’s colon, but has now spread into her liver and lungs. Dealing with such news can be devastating on anyone, but also having to incur the medical expenses that go along with such a diagnoses only add to the burden.
That’s why Dean and Tracey say they felt compelled to help.
“We are having the benefit to help with medical costs and personal expenses Beth may have,” Tracey said. “All of her friends and family want to help in some way and didn’t know how, so we are having this breakfast to raise money so that people can come out and show their support of her.
In addition to the pancake breakfast, Tracey says there will be Tshirts, arm bands and koozies for sale.
According to Tracey, who is spearheading this event, the idea to have a breakfast fundraising was simple. For many years, she said, Holland has been cooking breakfast for the community and that serving breakfast to raise money for Holland only made sense.
“The idea came from me,” Tracey said. “Beth has cooked breakfast for so many of her previous customers at Beth’s Grill and I thought it would be a good idea to bring all of her old customers and friends back for another breakfast in her honor,” Tracey said.
All funds raised during the event, Tracey said, will be given to Holland and her family to help with the mounding expenses that go along with treatment of such and unfriendly disease.
“Our hope is to raise money to help with Beth’s medical costs and her and her family’s living expenses,” Tracey said. “Any amount will help and will be greatly appreciated. One hundred percent of the monies will go to Beth. We hope to fill the restaurant and have a line out the door of people showing their support.”
Page says to go plates will be available. If there is a business with 10 or more orders, they can be delivered inside the city limits.
After the holidays, Tracey says they hope to organize an additional fundraising.
While Tracey may be the driving force behind the event, she said her husband has helped organize with the event and is handling getting volunteers and helping cook and order the foods needed.
“All of our employees at the Hungry Farmer have donated their time to come in and help serve that morning,” Tracey said. “We have lots of people selling tickets for us including Richard and Donna Landes, Ed Townsend, Randy Barefoot and many others.”
Several businesses have donated gifts and gift cards for the raffle to be held that morning. Some include Edna’s Florist, Unique Gifts by Jacqueline, J Lilly & Co. and Bags & More. Page said she has received donations some employees to include a Thirty-One purse, a homemade blanket, and a Fall Canvas Painting. Raffle tickets can be purchased.
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