40th Anniversary Big Thursday

The D&D Motors Big Thursday event benefiting Greer Community Ministries (GCM) is Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What began 40 years ago as a craft bazaar and bake sale has grown into a multi-faceted event that involves the whole community. Fairview Baptist Church in Greer annually hosts the event. Crafts, baked goods, and used books will be on sale throughout the day. The silent auction is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Greer Lions Club pancake supper starts at 5 p.m. and goes through 7 p.m. The day concludes with a live auction at 7 p.m.

“What is great about this event is that churches, businesses, and individuals work together to make it happen,” said Shelley Bierwiler, GCM events coordinator. “For an event to last 40 years, the community has to be involved.”

This year’s sponsorship levels are named for several of GCM’s influencers. The Johnny Stack $5,000 level (provides 1,250 Meals on Wheels lunches) celebrates the ministry’s founder. The $2,500 sponsorship (625 meals) is in memory of Sonny Borroughs, the man who started the barbecue lunch.

The $1,000 level (250 meals) remembers Nancy Welch, who gave her time and talents to GCM through serving on the board and making angel biscuits for the event. The ministry is honoring Ann Helton at the $500 level (125 meals). Helton and her friends make up to 40 apple pies each year to sell at Big Thursday.

“For the last 40 years individuals and businesses have made a huge impact in providing food, clothing, and uplifting social interaction in the greater Greer area by participating in Big Thursday,” said Donny Kauffman, GCM executive director. “We can’t do it without you. Come buy goods, take home a beautiful auction item, eat lunch and supper or have your business purchase a carry out meal. Rest assured that no matter how you participate, your contribution will provide basic necessities for our valued clients.”

The barbecue lunch is $10 and take-out orders and delivery are available as well as on-site dining in the fellowship hall. An order form is available at gcminc.org under the events tab. The Greer Lions Club pancake supper is $5 and is 5-7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
The ministry is currently taking donations of handmade crafts and auction items for the event. Baked goods can be donated at the Fairview Baptist gym on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
GCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has served the greater Greer community since 1972. All services are provided free of charge to those in need. Find more ways to support this local ministry at gcminc.org. Fairview Baptist Church is located at 1300 Locust Hill Road, Greer.