(pictured above: Big Ron Hunter)
The Shalom Project will help Winston-Salem residents take on the heat on Sunday, July 20 with its 6th Annual Big Chill fundraiser.
From 3–6 p.m. in Grace Court, 931 W. Fourth St., attendees will be treated to a variety of family friendly games, homemade ice cream and live music played by local musicians. This year, ice cream making teams from more than 15 local groups will compete for the Big Chill Ice Cream First Place Prize as well as the People’s Choice award, which are voted on by judges and attendees.
This year’s judges for the ice cream contest include Michael Hastings of the Winston-Salem Journal and Vivian Joiner, co-owner of the restaurant Sweet Potatoes. This year’s musical performers will be The Ken Rhodes Trio (Featuring Ken Rhodes on piano, Matt Kendrick on bass, and John Wilson on drums), Big Ron Hunter, aka “the Happiest Blues Man” and the Tyler Nail duo, who specialize in roots music.
In addition to local musicians and Ice Cream makers, the Big Chill has always hosted an assortment of local celebrities, elected officials and faith leaders. Rather than just enjoy fresh ice cream or listen to live music, these men and women also take turns sitting on large chunks of ice while soliciting donations for the Shalom Project, a nonprofit that “seeks to build a strong and healthy community by meeting the needs of people with compassion, celebrating diversity and working for justice.”
Among those sitting on ice this year are Mayor Allen Joines, City Council members Dan Besse and Molly Leight, Forsyth County Commissioner-Elect Dr. Don Martin, local NAACP president S. Wayne Patterson, columnist Nigel Alston, Community Mosque Imam Khalid Griggs, Temple Emanuel Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn, Green Street United Methodist Church Pastor Kelly Carpenter (who founded the Shalom Project), Parkway United Church of Christ Pastor Rev. Craig Schaub, Home Moravian Church’s Rev. Lehoma Goode and Reverend Ken Myers of Knollwood Baptist Church.
The money raised will help a number of Shalom Project initiatives, including its free food pantry, clothing closet, medical clinic and biweekly dinners.
Learn more at http://www.theshalomprojectnc.org/index.html or by calling 336-721-0606.