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Building a house one barbecue at a time

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — With good people and good food, members of the local community came together to help better the life of a wounded Marine and his family at a barbecue benefit Dec. 4.
Harbor Site Bar in Sneads Ferry hosted the charity event for a wounded Marine.

The barbecue featured live music and raffle prizes. Passionate supporters from the area came out to show their support for the wounded Marine and his family.

The event was sponsored by Professionals Supporting Charities and the Brothers In Arms Foundation. The fundraiser was to help the Marine and his family build a house that would accommodate his medical needs.

Michael Chandler, executive director for Professional Supporting Charities said PSC provides service members and their families with financial assistance to meet their specific needs. PSC raises the money it uses to help service members through fundraisers.

All of the money raised from the fundraisers goes directly to the families, said Chandler. They had custom beer glasses made for the event that the participants could buy to help raise money. PSC was also accepting donations from the supporters there, as well as their website.

Figurative building materials were for sale to help with the construction costs of the home. Supporters could buy bricks, doors and windows for various prices. Michelle Rademacher, lead volunteer, sold raffle tickets and custom beer glasses to participants as they showed up to the event to raise money.

Rademacher said that she has been volunteering for a couple of years now helping military families. Raffle prizes included a Beretta handgun and two Mossberg shotguns.

Gift cards were also awarded to the winners; the cards varied from The Home Depot to The Marriott. Brothers In Arms Foundation collaborated with PSC to help in any way that they could.

The foundation was formed in 2009 after Phillip Noblin, director of the foundation, was in Afghanistan and his team leader was his struck by an improvised explosive device and needed more care then what was being provided.

The foundation believes in a no-nonsense approach to helping fellow Marines, said Noblin. When Marines and their families need assistance Brothers In Arms is there to help with no red tape.

Noblin said if a Marine needs plane tickets for their family members, a rental car or help with medical bills Brothers In Arms steps in and aides the family any way possible.

The fundraiser brought members from the community together to help the life of a wounded Marine and his family while having a good time listening to live music and eating barbecue.

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