A day of grilled food and live music is on the horizon in Cartersville March 16 to help some area residents dealing with cancer.

The ninth annual Cookin’ on the Creek will feature a barbecue competition,live music and more to benefit The Hope Center Foundation.

Gates are set to open at 11 a.m. and food sampling begins at noon at the event at the Gunn Complex at 35 Lipscomb Court in Cartersville — located off Joe Frank Harris Parkway at Pettit Creek.

Event founder Freddie Gunn formed a team called Gunns & Roses to help raise money for Bartow Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society after his wife died of sarcoma cancer. Gunn’s sister, Fredia Hall, said Gunn did a number of fundraiser events for Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Gunn and John Hale then came up with idea of the Cookin’ on the Creek event.

Hall said oncologist Dr. William Thoms then approached Gunn about the possibility of raising money for the Hope Center Foundation, which is a nonprofit which seeks to help cancer patients and “make their cancer experience a little easier, while educating the community to prevent further disease,” a news release stated.

The foundation provides a range of services, such as assistance with transportation costs or dental assistance for head and neck cancer patients.

The 2018 event raised $40,000 for the foundation, she said.

Cookin’ on The Creek will feature live entertainment from area musicians and the Old Mill Road Band.

It also will feature competitive barbecue chefs and samples of their food and grill demonstrations. Attendees are urged to bring chairs.

The cost is a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.

Free parking and an event shuttle will be available at The Hope Center at 100 Market Place Blvd.in Cartersville. It is a rain or shine event, Hall said.

For more information call 678-873-4407 or 404-644-1213 or visit the Cookin’ on the Creek page on Facebook.

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