Lawmakers raise $25,000 for Mississippi vets

Lawmakers raised about $25,000 this week for two charities that support Mississippi veterans and their families.

A news release from the state House tells the story:

The third annual “Capitol Cook Off” was held at the Mississippi’s Farmer’s Market on High Street on Monday in Jackson. Members of the Mississippi Legislature raised funds for military families and celebrated Mississippi’s musical heritage with the first Mississippi Musician’s Day.  Legislators, statewide office holders and capitol staff attended the event. 

 Pit masters Sens. Tony Smith and Willie Simmons faced catfish cooks Reps. William Shirley and Charles Busby.  Sen. Smith owns Stonewall’s BBQ in Picayune, and Sen. Simmons owns The Senator’s Place in Cleveland.  Rep. Shirley is the owner of The Family Fish Camp in Quitman. Polk’s Sausage, owned by Sen. John Polk, was a major sponsor of the event. 

Proceeds will be donated to two charities that support Mississippi veterans and their families, “Folds of Honor” and “Hunts for Heroes.”  The Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships to family members of veterans killed or disabled in service. Hunts for Heroes, based in Hot Coffee, provides hunting opportunities for disabled veterans.

A lineup of Mississippi musicians provided entertainment in recognition of Mississippi Musician’s Day. Musicians included: Jerry Jenkins & Apprentices, the Lane Chapel Quintet, KD Brosia, Alphonso Sanders, Scott Albert Johnson and Dexter Allen.