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Buckingham Presbyterian Church to hold first fundraising dinner Nov. 2

October 24, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Join Buckingham Presbyterian Church for its 9th annual Fish Fry season starting Friday, Nov. 2.

Georgette Lundquist said she and her husband began the fish fry because their church was having some financial issues.

"So, my husband and I decided in April of 2009, let's try a fish fry and see what happens," she said. "We thought it might help us, budgetary wise, and give us a little bit more money, so that is what we did."

The couple worked with a man named Wayne, who helped them figure out where to buy the fish, as well as how to cook the seafood.

"That is how we got started. It has been going ever since," Lundquist said.

The Fish Fry is held from November through April on the first Friday of the month. The dinner, which begins at 4:30 p.m., is held at Buckingham Presbyterian Church, 4241 Buckingham Road. She said they will serve the dinner until it runs out.

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"We are not going to put a deadline on the backend of that," Lundquist said.

For the first time in nine years, the cost of the Fish Fry has increased $2 for adult tickets. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.

"The fish price has gone up considerably," she said.

There are typically 40 to 45 people who help with serving, making desserts, cole slaw and baked beans, frying the fish, using Canola oil, and making hush puppies.

"It takes a lot of people to put on a Fish Fry," Lundquist said.

The menu consists of a large piece of fish; choice of green, or homemade baked beans; hush puppies; dessert and choice of a drink, coffee, iced tea, lemonade or water. The dinner includes a lot of homemade items.

"We are a small, but very giving church and that is what it is all about," she said.

The Fish Fry brings in about $2,500 a month, which goes directly into the church's general budget.

"We have been able to survive as a church by using Fish Frys and other fundraisers that we do," she said. "We are a bare bones church. We have a good minister. He is not one that stands behind the pulpit. He addresses everyone and speaks without notes. We have a lot of people coming back because of the messages and the community."

Buckingham Presbyterian Church holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. There is a nursery with a nursery attendant for kids up to second grade.

For more information, call the church office at 239-694-2444.



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