Community members in red t-shirts gathered together on a sunny day last Saturday to commemorate a special young man and raise money for struggling families and young people at the 5th Annual Jimmy’s Truckin’ Tribute Pig Roast and Poker Run.
This year’s event netted approximately $6,500 from sponsors and donations, according to Diane Holbert, mother of James Holbert. The annual event is in honor of James Holbert, who attended Valley Central School District and passed away at a young age.
Holbert’s parents created the James Holbert Memorial Scholarship Fund for graduating Valley Central students and the 501(c)(3) Jimmy’s Helping Hands, Inc. to honor James’ legacy of giving back to others. The scholarship fund has donated more than $3,500 to graduating high school students since 2014, and Jimmy’s Helping Hands has helped numerous families and individuals struggling with anything from medical bills to affording school supplies.
The event included a scenic country truck ride, a pig roast and barbecue, a cornhole tournament, live music from the Bunker Boys and more.
Diane Holbert said she is grateful to the community for their support.
“Greg [Holbert] and I are so grateful for the support we get from our friends and family to be able to put this event on, and especially for the support from so many local businesses with their donations,” Holbert said. “We look forward to being able to distribute this money back into the community under the Jimmy Helping Hands, Inc. charity.”
To learn more about Jimmy’s Helping Hands, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, or to make a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Jimmy’s Helping Hands Facebook page.