On Friday, May 24, the Franklin County Advisory Council of Big Bend Hospice held a benefit fish fry to raise funds for patients and families living in Franklin County. A.J. Smith wanted to give back to both his community and to Big Bend Hospice and with the help of his friends, he found a great way to do it!

Although this first time event was a huge success, it started out with an unexpected obstacle. Ronnie Segree and his sons graciously volunteered to provide the fish for the event and caught 300 pounds of mullet. However, before they could deliver the goods, a hungry bear found their treasure and ate almost 150 pounds of their catch.

That’s when Water Street Seafood stepped up with a generous donation of 150 pounds of mullet. But Ronnie wasn’t going to be outplayed by a bear; he went back on a second trip and caught another 100 pounds of mullet.

So how do you sell, cook and serve this much fish? With the help of the following:

Johnny Turner, Gene Osborne, Mark Creamer, Anthony Croom, Tony Phillips, Robin Myers, Fonda Davis, director of county solid waste, and Palmer Philyaw. Adding to the main dish were wonderful desserts donated by Pam Mahr, Judy Cook and Mary McMahan. Others who helped make this event a success included Susie Harrison; Danny Itzkovitz at Tamara’s, Joe Taylor from Franklin’s Promise, the Piggly Wiggly, Ace Hardware, and the city of Apalachicola. Last, but not least, Ed Lyon, and Linda Gannaway, members of the Big Bend Hospice, Franklin County team did a wonderful job coordinating everyone’s talents and efforts.

By the time the grease cooled, the fish fry exceeded its goal of $2,000!

“Thanks to all those who helped and to those who purchased meals, we were able to exceed our goal,” said A.J. Smith, member of the Franklin County Advisory Council. “These funds will be used to help Big Bend Hospice serve patients and families in our area.”

If you are interested in learning more about Big Bend Hospice, please contact Pam Allbritton at (850) 926-9308 or Pamal@bigbendhospice.org.

Big Bend Hospice has been serving this community since 1983 with compassionate end of life care along with grief and loss counselors available to provide information and support to anyone in Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin or Wakulla county. If you would like additional information about services, please call 850-878-5310 or visit www.bigbendhospice.org