Local residents can support the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County at a brisket plate fundraiser Saturday, May 6, at the Firestone auto service store at Commerce Square in Brownwood.
    Brisket plates are $8 each, and child’s plates with sausage and hot dogs will be available for $5 each.
    Serving will begin around 11 a.m. and last until the food is gone. Activities will include an Elvis impersonator and a small car and motorcycle show, and Tyme Entertainment will have a disc jockey.
    Local businesses are donating to make the fundraiser a success. The Oil Patch Drifters, a motorcycle group, will cook the meat, and local businesses have donated drinks and other food, Firestone employee Wes Hinze said. Underwood’s Cafeteria and Day’s Diner will provide beans and potato salad. Heff’s Burgers has donated the majority of the condiments. There will also be a silent auction of items donated by businesses.
    The Brownwood Firestone store has been part of a national corporate effort to support the Boys and Girls Club, and customers have the opportunity to add donations to the organizations when they pay their invoices at the store, Hinze said. The Brownwood store has been the leader among more than 2,200 stores nationwide in donations to the organization this year, thanks to the generosity of its customers.
    That money goes to the national organization, but the money raised at Saturday’s fundraiser will directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County, Hinze said.
    Firestone has also bought red T-shirts with logos for Boys and Girls Club members and staff members.
    “I’m getting real excited,” Hinze said of Saturday’s fundraiser. “I’m hoping there will be a big turnout.”