JMArts holds barbecue supper to raise money for school arts

SILER CITY, N.C. — Home-cooked barbecue plates will provide opportunity for student artists when Pig Out for JMArts is held at Jordan-Matthews High School on Friday, September 7, the evening of the annual football rivalry with Chatham Central High School.

The second-annual barbecue raises money to help musicians, actors and visual artists throughout the year.

All proceeds are used by JMArts, the nonprofit Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, for projects that include scholarships for student artists to study on university campuses during the summer, funding for the school’s November production of “The Little Mermaid,” tickets for students to attend professional performances and supplies for visual artists.

Chef Gary Lamach returns this year to prepare the barbecue. Lamach previously served as head of technology and testing at Jordan-Matthews and 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 Chatham Central that night may take plates into the stadium.

Tickets for plates may be purchased in advance during the school’s open house on August 23 or at the school’s front office beginning on August 27. Plates also may be purchased the night of the barbecue. Cash and checks made payable to JMArts will be accepted in the school office. Credit cards also will be accepted during the open house and the night of the barbecue.

“Last year's Pig Out was such a huge success that we can’t wait for this year’s supper — and to enjoy even more support from our community for our arts students,” said foundation president Rose Pate. “For lots of folks looking back on their high school years, an arts class was the best part of their day. It's the same for students today. Arts provide a place where kids are accepted for who they are and, at the same time, are encouraged to become their very best."

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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