butts-and-beansNewton, NC – Most people know when you have a life threatening situation like a car wreck or heart attack you call 911 and Paramedics arrive to give lifesaving care. But what happens when it is a paramedic who needs care?  Who takes care of the caregivers?

“When one of our co-workers gets hurt on the job or sick it can be catastrophic on their family when they can’t work,” said Tommy Poovey, who is a longtime Catawba County Paramedic. “Like everyone they need someone to care for them and lend a hand. It’s tough  to accept sometimes because we are usually in the role of being the caregiver not the one who needs the help. We started the Hardship Fund some years ago as one way to support each other.”

The 6th annual Butts & Beans challenge will take place on September 23rd and 24th at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds to raise money for the Catawba County Emergency Medical Services Hardship Fund. The Hardship Fund raises money to assist when a paramedic suffers an illness, injury or difficult family event that keeps them out of work.

The Butts & Beans Challenge has grown from a backyard BBQ cook-off held in one paramedic’s yard into a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, with over $11,000 in prizes in the Professional and Backyard Divisions, and the public is invited to attend. A BBQ Tasting will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th.

There is something for everyone in the family at this year’s Butts & Beans event. In addition to the competition the event features live music, an auction, gun raffle, children’s games and inflatables, a dog fun show and pet adoptions through a partnership with the Catawba County Humane Society. More information about the event is available by checking on Facebook: Butts and Beans Challenge.