Smokey pulled pork doused in barbecue sauce. Crispy fried chicken. Buttery hush puppies.
Those were scents wafting from the parking lot of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston’s real estate offices in Chapel Hill on Friday.
Employees and agents of the company assembled and sold barbecue plates for their 6th annual Pig Out For The Cure fundraiser in support of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Oct. 12 from noon to 2 p.m.
Pig Out For The Cure is a fundraising effort led by the agents and employees of the Chapel Hill and Pittsboro offices of Coldwell Banker in conjunction with the HPW Foundation, a nonprofit committed to matching the funds of employee outreach efforts.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the only public comprehensive cancer center in the state of North Carolina. The Center is supported by the University community, especially among the women's basketball team — head coach Sylvia Hatchell, who was treated for acute myeloid leukemia at the center, sends the proceeds from her personal blueberry patch to UNC Lineberger every year.
The proceeds from Pig Out For The Cure will go directly to the Mary Anne Long Patient and Family Resource Center, a support program that covers needs beyond the scope of insurance.
“It actually is going to where the rubber meets the road, and that is to the families that are battling cancer that can’t afford in many instances to pay for the simple things: a meal, gas, room and board,” said Randy Cox, a 1984 UNC graduate, vice president and managing broker of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston’s Chapel Hill and Pittsboro offices.
Cox estimated Pig Out For The Cure has raised upwards of $85,000 over the six years of the event.
“When you see the responses from the people that we help at the UNC Lineberger Family Resource Center, and you get the notes back from them, and some of the things that they are able to provide as a result of the money that we raise, that has to make you feel good,” said Pat Serkedakis, a broker who's worked at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for 10 years.