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News Community Barbecue dinner benefits SMPCC

The Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC) held its BBQ Dinner Fundraiser this past Saturday night. Terry and Ruth Bloemsma offered the use of their barn facilities located on Patton Road.

Macon County has been very blessed by this facility being opened up to the public for special occasions or events.

More than 200 plates of barbecue were served, hayrides were given that were packed full on each ride, and live music was provided all evening. The Southern Appalachian Boys and the Blue Mountain Movement a.k.a. the Clark & Drew Band, performed as Craig Peavy and his son, Cody, of Crossroads Entertainment kept things rolling in between sets. The bands sang gospel, bluegrass, and folk music to the appreciative crowd.

Southern Appalachian Boys and the Blue Mountain Movement entertained an appreciative crowd.SMPCC offers free pregnancy tests, free limited OB Ultrasounds, medical counseling, and a parenting program that educates and provides free maternity items and baby needs. The center gives away more than 1,000 diapers per month to clients who participate in the Earn-While-You-Learn program. This program teaches women and men about pregnancy, parenting and life-skills.

Two centers serve Macon County, Jackson County and the surrounding areas. Client visits range between 850-1,200 a year. SMPCC is 100 percent community supported. For $652 a year (or $54 a month) citizens can become a Sponsor-A-Day Member helping not only keeping both centers open but also allowing them to honor a special occasion once a year in your name.

SMPCC is having a drawing for new moms for a Belly Bump Painting and two Fatz Pancake Breakfast (in support of FHS Band Boosters) tickets on May 11.

Also on Sept. 29, SMPCC will be hosting Lori Sealy at Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts.


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