The north campus of First Community Church will become the north shore July 30 when the church's Mission Council holds the second annual Shrimp Boil.

The north campus of First Community Church will become the north shore July 30 when the church's Mission Council holds the second annual Shrimp Boil.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., benefits the Back Bay Mission, a nonprofit Biloxi, Miss.-based organization that First Community has long supported.

"We first did a shrimp boil a few years back just for fun and to get the word out to people about the Back Bay Mission," FCC Mission Council chair Joan Talmage said.

"Last year we decided to bring it back as a fundraising event for Back Bay," she said. "It was so much fun and such a success, we're making it an annual event."

All of the tickets for last year's boil sold out, Talmage said.

"We had to turn some people away because we only had so much space," she said.

Tickets for this year's event must be purchased by Sunday so the shrimp can be ordered, Talmage said.

"We will be able to have shrimp, because ours is farm-raised and not from the Gulf," she said.

The shrimp will be cooked outdoors and the menu will also include rice and beans, salad and homemade fruit cobbler.

The evening's featured entertainment will be by Tom Battenberg and his Dixieland Trio.

For the last 87 years, the Back Bay Mission has served the needs of the poor and needy in Biloxi and the three coastal counties of Mississippi, Talmage said.

"The people in the area were so devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and now they have the oil spill to deal with," she said.

Although the area has recovered somewhat with casinos opening since Katrina, many people are still suffering, Talmage said.

The Back Bay Mission also suffered from the hurricane and has completed the rebuilding of more than a dozen buildings, she said.

Tickets to the shrimp boil cost $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.

They can be purchased at tables following this Sunday's services at FCC's north and south campuses. Tickets can also be purchased via the church website, www.FCchurch.com.