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Memorial Day BBQ Raises Money for H.O.P.E. Trip

Location. Location. Location. The real estate mantra applies equally to St. Stephen’s Church’s 351 Main St. location. It’s a perfect spot for viewing the Memorial Day Parade and for enjoying a BBQ before, during and after the parade. Proceeds from the church BBQ will fund its annual week-long Youth Mission Trip, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Endure). This year’s destination is Woonsocket, RI, where youths and adult leaders from St. Stephen’s will join crews from other churches to make home repairs that the owners aren’t able to handle themselves, physically and/or financially.                                                                                           

The BBQ menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, but the featured item will be artisanal, smoked pulled pork prepared by parishioners Mark Blandford, Jim Brown and Marshall Odeen. “Tasting the artisanal smoked pork is truly a transcendent experience,” said Blandford. “The town support for this event has been amazing over the past many years.”                

Brown, whose daughters Taylor and Emily have been part of the H.O.P. E. trip, added: “This event would not be possible without the support of O’Deen’s BBQ. We are grateful that Marshall will again donate his smokers and his time to raising money for the H.O.P.E. trip.”        

Photo shows participants in last year’s H.O.P.E. trip helped Mark Blandford and his crew at St. Stephen’s 2018 Memorial Day BBQ (left to right):  Kirsten Pastore, Emily Brown, Blandford, Molly Reiss, Jim Brown, Taylor Brown, Kayleigh Bowler

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