First Community Church's Mission Council will bring a taste of the Deep South to the church's north campus when it hosts its annual shrimp boil July 26.
The event, which benefits the Back Bay Mission, will be held from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the north campus, 3777 Dublin Road.
"It's an informal, fun and family-friendly event," said Chairwoman Mary Hollinger. "We cover the tables with newspapers -- turned to the funnies if possible -- and serve the food on paper plates. Once everyone's done eating, we just bundle up the newspapers and paper plates and throw them in the trash, just like they do at shrimp boils down in Biloxi, Miss."
The church has supported the Biloxi-based Back Bay Mission for many years, Hollinger said.
"One of our ministers, Paul Baumer, came to us about 10 years ago and told us about this mission and the wonderful work they do," she said. "He asked that (mission council) members consider going down and seeing what they do."
Back Bay has been in place since the 1920s, providing assistance to those who need it and helping to build affordable homes and repairing homes damaged by hurricanes and storms, Hollinger said.
"Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Back Bay Mission's building, and many members of the mission lost their homes, too," she said. "They were the one mission who continued nonstop helping people after the hurricane. It's a very special organization."
First Community members travel almost every year to Biloxi to help build homes for the mission, Hollinger said.
All proceeds from the shrimp boil will benefit the mission, she said.
Along with the shrimp from Cameron Mitchell's Fish Market, the evening's menu will include salad, beans and rice, bread and butter, and homemade cobbler, Hollinger said.
A live auction will include a chance to bid on a personal shrimp boil, she said.
What the Heck Four, a barbershop quartet featuring Baumer, will entertain.
"There are only 240 tickets available for the shrimp boil, and they tend to go fast," Hollinger said.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and can be purchased at fcchurch.com, in the offices at the north campus or the south campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., or after Sunday services, which are being held at the south campus only during July.
"It's open to the public. We welcome the community to come and enjoy this fun event," Hollinger said.