The Summerville-Dorchester Museum is firing up their grills and getting to work to raise money for their daily operational costs. On June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum will host a drive through BBQ fundraiser event. Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 and allow attendees to “pack-a-sack” with 2 pulled pork sandwiches, a bag of chips and a drink.
Adrianna Barkey, the organizer of the fundraising event, said that the proceeds from the event will go towards operational costs of the museum, which includes insurance and paying their three part-time employees.
The fundraiser is being held alongside multiple celebrations of Juneteenth, an observation of the day slavery was fully emancipated in the confederate states, including the museum’s own Juneteenth quilt exhibit.
Barkey said the fundraiser was designed in a drive-through style both for convenience, and to allow participants to enjoy the summer and the festivities.
“We have a lot going on in the square for Juneteenth so we thought this would give people a chance to enjoy the square. Having a drive-through is also problem solving: the museum is small and we don’t have a lot of space for people to sit and eat,” Barkey said.
Tickets can be purchased in-person at the museum or online via eventbrite. On the day of the event, ticket holders can either pick their meals up through the drive-through or they can stop inside the museum to see the special Juneteenth exhibit or enjoy the activities on Hutchinson Square while they eat their meal. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a Char-Griller valued at $329.
“This fundraiser is just a fun way to help the museum. It took a great community effort to do this so we could make sure everyone is enjoying some good pit smoked barbecue and have a way to celebrate the kickoff of summer,” Barkey said.