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Stalvey's annual barbecue fundraiser generates $100,000 over seven years

Special Photo ---- Sharon and Jim Stalvey pause for a break during an annual barbecue they sponsor to benefit Newton Medical Center.

Special Photo ---- Sharon and Jim Stalvey pause for a break during an annual barbecue they sponsor to benefit Newton Medical Center.

Stalvey's Restaurant in Covington recently reached the $100,000 mark in fundraising contributions to Newton Medical Center.

NMC Volunteer Services Director Martha Taylor said for the past seven years, Stalvey's has organized an annual fundraising barbecue held in the parking lot of their restaurant at 3132 U.S. Highway 278 in Covington.

Taylor said about 2,300 barbecue meals were sold at the most recent event, held in May, which generated roughly $15,000.

Restaurant owner Jim Stalvey and his wife Sharon Stalvey donated and prepared all the food, paper goods and other items required to facilitate the barbecue. NMC Auxiliary volunteers sold tickets to the event and provided more than 50 volunteers, which also included hospital staff, to help serve the food. NMC volunteers also made and sold baked goods during the fundraiser.

"It was a great community event for everyone to come by and enjoy," she said.

Taylor said the idea for the annual barbecue fundraiser came about when she had a conversation with Mr. Stalvey who wanted to make a contribution to the hospital.

"He actually was the one who initiated the project and we've just continued doing it for these seven years," said Taylor.

Taylor said due to health issues in the Stalvey family, this past event may have been the last.

"The Stalveys have been so generous. There aren't a lot of folks in the community who have done as much as they have," said Taylor.

The money raised by the Stalveys has contributed to the overall fundraising efforts of the NMC Auxiliary, which is due to reach its $406,000 fundraising goal this year. The money will fund improvements to the quality of service at NMC, said Taylor, such as help purchase furnishings for the emergency room.

The NMC Auxiliary also raises funds through an annual golf tournament and an annual gala, as well as through the Cinderella Shop, a gently used women's clothing store located in Covington's Morgan Plaza.