Barbecue contest raises $1,400 for Head Start program

Central Missouri Community Action helped raise over $1,400 in cash during their First Annual Barbecue Contest fundraiser held at the Isle of Capri Casino parking lot on Saturday.
Four teams competed for the honors of winning the event while also supporting the Head Start program. These teams included the duo of Joe Witting and Seth Cater, Tony Coleman, Ashley Dowell, Andrew and Kyle Day, and Dream Catchers Farm consisting of Brad Pearcy and Justin Lehmann.  
"Everyone that came out that day helped our Head Start program in Boonville," Development Manager for Central Missouri Community Action, Pamela Beerup said.
She said the community was very supportive for their efforts.
"Our costs were kept to a minimum because of the support of the Boonville Community.  We had over $4,000 of in-kind donations, which allowed us to have the event," Beerup said. "Central Missouri Community Action believes in providing quality education to all children and this event showed us that the community of Boonville is very supportive of our efforts."  
"We made up our mind yesterday we were going to come down to support Head Start," barbecue contest winners Witting and Cater said.
Witting and Cater said they were cooked a wide range of items, including an assortment of vegetables and meats.
There were raffle prizes donated from the community, which totaled more than $400.  Lauren Bunting, member of the People's Food Guild, was there to assist in painting children's faces to help raise money.
"Paul Davis, Cooper County Commissioner and CMCA Board member, came early and stayed late to help us with everything," Beerup said.
Davis was very elated to be at the event and explained the money raised would benefit a parking lot at Head Start.
The judges for the event included Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher, former NFL player Atiyyah Ellison, YMCA CEO Matt Schneringer and Bud Jones, who is a Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judge.  
"Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful event for CMCA and Head Start," Beerup said.