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'They're that good'
Alee Shriners' annual fundraiser helps raise money for good cause

It's time for the Alee Shriners' wood smoked, Boston butt fundraiser, and you can buy yours this weekend.

The Shriners' Lady Auxiliary will host a booth at the Christmas parade and festival in Pembroke where whole butts will be available for purchase, in addition to BBQ sandwiches and Brunswick Stew - all to go toward raising funds for their cause.

The event is one of the fundraisers done by the Shriners to help support the 22 hospitals owned and operated by the group.

"It takes over $300 million a year to run each hospital, and the Alee Shriners own 22 of them nationwide, including Hawaii and Mexico," Shriner Red Davis said. "We do things like this to make it happen, and we appreciate everyone's support."

The smoked meat event is done four times per year - Christmas, Valentine's Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day, according to cooks gathered around the smoker in Thursday's chill and rain.

"We sell out every time," said cook Homer Whitfield.

Pembroke resident Mike Buchan said he stops each time it rolls around.

"They're that good," Buchan said.

Shriner Red Davis said he is looking forward to this year's festivities as it is also a time for the Shriners to have fun together while working to raise funds.

"We enjoy what we do, and it's for a great cause," Whitfield said.

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