POINT PLEASANT — Cookouts are all about family and friends, and this Saturday a free one is being planned for the entire community.
From 5-8 p.m. in front of the Pleasant Valley Hospital Wellness Center, there will be free food and live music, all sponsored by The Kitchen Table and Pleasant Valley Hospital.
On the menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad and ice cream. Performing at the cookout will be popular local musicians Eli Wilson and Levi Billiter.
The Kitchen Table, a group of volunteers with a mission of reaching out to those in the community in need of a meal, recently joined forces with the PVH Auxiliary, taking on the role of the auxiliary’s community outreach committee.
“We’re thrilled The Kitchen Table is now part of the PVH family, fulfilling needs in our community as part of Pleasant Valley Hospital’s auxiliary mission,” Tracy Call, marketing and communications director for PVH said. “We share the same values when it comes to putting people first and creating an environment where everyone in the community feels welcome. We all want to feel like there’s always a chair saved for us at the kitchen table and at a facility like PVH when patients in our community need medical care.”
Those attending the free cookout will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming Lip Sync Battle Part II, organized by The Kitchen Table and planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 20, this time inside the Wedge Auditorium at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School. Advance tickets are $5 for ages six and older, those under five years old get in free. Tickets will be $7 once the limited amount of advance tickets are sold out. All proceeds will benefit The Kitchen Table’s efforts to feed the community, including the recent Kid’s Kafe free lunch program and community meals like the upcoming cookout.
The lineup for the next Lip Sync Battle will be announced soon and special edition commemorative t-shirts will be available at the event in August.
As for Saturday’s community cookout, The Kitchen Table members said they wanted everyone to know they are welcome, regardless of who they are or why they want to attend.
Members stated: “We started The Kitchen Table because, yes, we wanted to feed those who needed it but also to bring the community together. These days, we sometimes no longer know our neighbor and that needs to change.”
Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for a free evening of food, music and community.
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