Memorial Community Center hosts 36th Bodacious BBQ

By Reader Staff

Hope’s community hub, the Memorial Community Center and Preschool, is hosting its annual lakeside Bodacious BBQ fundraiser Saturday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m.

The event includes a savory brisket dinner from the Pack River Store with sides from Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar; a beer, wine and margarita bar; auction items like a boat rental, gift certificates to local restaurants and shops and a two-night stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort; and the chance to spend an evening at the historic Litehouse beach property in Hope, located at 46242 Highway 200.

Tickets are $60, and proceeds go toward MCC’s year-round programs and services. The building is home to Hope Preschool and the annual Christmas Giving program, among other weekly classes and support groups.

“You can help an area 4-year-old prepare for kindergarten,” said MCC Executive Director Carolyn Speelmon. “You can ensure that an area 12-year-old will have Christmas gifts and a Christmas dinner. You can help provide an area 18-year-old with a much needed college scholarship [and], you can support a place of community where we can exercise, quilt or attend AA Meetings.”

To purchase tickets, visit the MCC or call Speelmon at 208-264-5481 Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are also available online at

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