The Imperial County Sheriff’s Department recently held their 22nd annual Volunteer Service Organizations pit barbeque dinner. The event included food, live music and a number of raffles. A spokesperson from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department said more than 3,500 plates were sold. Proceeds from the event are reported to benefit a number of volunteer activity groups including the Activities League, the Imperial County Reserve Unit, Explorer Post No. 500, the De Anza Rescue Unit, Mounted Posse and the Aero Squadron.
Community members and business owners donated about 4,500 pounds of beef to help support the cause. Door prizes and other food items were also donated. Attendees said friends, family members and well-wishers from throughout the area came out to enjoy a day of sun, food and fun. Many said knowing the money raised would help benefit local programs was icing on the cake.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s Department said it has approximately 100 volunteers who regularly assist with a variety of programs. They are of all ages and backgrounds, and are a great resource for the department, a spokesperson said. Their involvement helps ensure programs which are otherwise unfunded by taxpayer dollars are able to continue.
Sheriffs say the annual Volunteer Service Organizations pit barbeque dinner is the single-largest fundraising event of its kind, and want to thank those who came out to support it.