PALS to host fish fry fundraiser

Published 10:36 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2011

If you are looking for a good meal for a great cause Saturday, look no further than the PALS Center fish fry from 10 a.m. until the time customers stop coming.

The center is located at 1300 Alabama Ave.

The Police Athletic League (PALS) will be selling catfish for $5 and whiting for $4 along with the always-popular homemade kettle corn.

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The money raised goes to fund the basketball team traveling from Alabama to New York.

“We don’t like the kids to have to pay out of pocket,” Selma Ward 4 council member Angela Benjamin said. The PALS Center is located in Benjamin’s ward. “People don’t realize they are in tournaments all over the country. Selma Police Department Det. (Dorothy) Cowan is actually on the national board for the PALS Center. So they are in tournaments all over.”

With the addition of a 10 through 12-year-old team, the PALS Center has a new team to pay for as well.

“It opens up more tournaments,” Benjamin said. “But it also costs more money to send them to where the tournaments are.”

The fundraiser is an annual one, but it’s not always in the form of a fish fry.

The constant from year to year is the famous kettle corn.

“She (Cowan) makes it fresh while you watch,” Benjamin said. “It’s really good and people every year get excited about it. The kettle corn is not the only thing you can get, but it is always a big hit.”

Along with the fish fry, private donations are also accepted.

“We don’t always think of all of the expenses that goes with running the center,” Benjamin said. “Fundraisers like this go a long way to helping the center that is a great cause.

“I hope people come out and have a good time.”