By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Eat for charity on Friday at a downtown fish fry set to benefit the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross.
JBHM Architects will hold its fifth annual Fish N Fixins fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving up Romie’s catfish, fries, slaw, hushpuppies and a drink for $10.
The event is held outside the firm’s Court Street office, and the street will be blocked off between Spring and Front to accommodate tables and chairs for outdoor dining.
A silent auction featuring items like a lawnmower from MTD and bean bag chairs from Ugly Chair also will take place during the event.
The Red Cross “approached me and asked if we’d do a HEROES campaign to raise $1,000,” said Jennifer Harrelson with JBHM. “We decided to raise even more.”
Last year Fish N Fixins brought in more than $6,000. This year it’s set to raise $7,000.
“It has really grown,” said Red Cross Chapter Director Patty Tucker, who uses the funds to support the agency’s mission of helping people across the region.
Last month the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross served hundreds of meals to Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Isaac. In Lee County, the organization responded to 302 house fires and provided families $275,000 in relief.
The Red Cross also helps deliver urgent messages to armed services personnel wherever they are. Last year through its worldwide network, the Northeast Mississippi chapter provided 306 emergency connections, informing military personnel from a 16-county area of births, deaths or illnesses in their families.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story provided the incorrect day. The fundraiser is on FRIDAY.