JMArts holds barbecue supper to raise money for school arts

SILER CITY, N.C. — Home-cooked barbecue plates will provide much-needed support for student artists when Pig Out for JMArts is held on Friday, September 29, at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City.

The inaugural event raises money to help musicians, actors and visual artists throughout the year.

All proceeds will be used by JMArts, the nonprofit Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, for a range of projects. They include scholarships for student artists to study on college campuses during the summer, funding for the school’s November production of “In the Heights,” world-class performances for students traveling on the first-ever New York Arts Adventure and supplies for visual artists.

Gary Lamach is preparing this year’s barbecue. In addition to serving as the head of technology and testing at Jordan-Matthews, Lamach is a chef with years of experience in restaurants and catering.

Plates are $8 each and include chopped pork barbecue, slaw, bread, drink and dessert. They are available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for “eat-in” at the JM Cafeteria or “take out” in a drive-through line beginning near the school’s main entrance.

Anyone attending the home football game with Eastern Randolph that night may take plates into the stadium. Even the game has an artistic twist: It is Chatham County Band Night, with marching bands from Chatham Central, Jordan-Matthews and Northwood high schools performing after the game.

“This is a real community project, with students, staff, parents and others working to make Pig Out for JMArts a success,” said foundation president Rose Pate. “We have some extremely talented artists and are working hard to give them what they need to thrive. Memberships and fundraisers like these are a key to their success, so what could be better than enjoying some great barbecue for a great cause?"

JMArts is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. More about the foundation, including how to become a member, is available online at

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