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Food event coordinators for the Eric Blair Fundraiser are: (L/R) Nina Suchy, Mark Suchy with event organizer, Konnie Licavoli.

Eric Blair Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser Held at Bay County Fairgrounds

Event is designed to provide information about alcohol to young people

September 12, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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The grass-roots organization of the Eric James Blair Memorial Scholarship Fund has worked hard for the past six years to provide youngsters with information and to draw attention to the dangers of alcohol.

The 2007 fundraiser was held September 9 at the Fairgrounds in Bay City, Michigan. "What we're trying to do," said Konnie Licavoli (Eric Blair's mother), "is to make youngsters aware of the dangers involved with alcohol." Licavoli travels throughout Michigan during the year giving talks on the subject. Licavoli has recently spoken to students at Bay City Central, Bay City Handy and Michigan State University.

Events at this years' included silent auction, face painting, popcorn sales, cotton candy, Moon Walk kids slide and LeCronier's Petting Zoo.

"The sooner we start talking to the kids about alcohol, the better chance we have of getting the right kind of information in their hands," Licavoli said.

The Eric Blair Scholarship Fund has already supplied over 50 scholarships to college students ($50,000) and is involved heavily in both the state and local organizations of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD).

Almost a thousand pounds of ribs and another thousand chicken leg quarters were barbecued on Sunday. Pictured above are: (Left) Bobby Sims (Right Side, front to back) Willy Hollis, Randy Sargeson and Rod Mueller.
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Ribs, Ribs and More Ribs
Smoke from the barbecue filled the air.

Randy Sargeson
"We cooked 960 leg quarters of chicken"

Savannah Garcia seems to be enjoying her pony ride during the Eric Blair Chicken Barbecue. Jeff Garcis (Father) and Susan LeCronier are assisting. The pony, Tuffy, is a 13-year-old Welch breed.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

FACE PAINTING FUN - The Mike Wooley family got everybody in the act during the September 9, 2007 Eric Blair Fundraiser. Pictured are: (L/R, Front) Victoria (4), Magali Wooley, Angelique (6) and painter Beth Piipo. (Back) Isabel Zabrano and Mike Wooley.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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