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Published on Jan 4, 2010
Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q® is proud to announce that Richard Averitte, Marketing Director, was presented with a token of appreciation by Operations Specialist and Rescue Swimmer, Jamie Franks, of the United State Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Three, on Thursday, December 17th, 2009.
Frankss unit, stationed out of San Diego, CA, was deployed to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Franks became a fan on the Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q® Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/scnbnc) and wrote on the pages wall that he grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina and that eating at Smithfields Chicken N BBQ is always a MANDATORY event when Im at home on leave.
The small, personal connection grew into something much bigger for the restaurant over the next few months. With the support of its stores and the local community, Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q®'s Freedom Week was a great success, encouraging diners to contribute items to be shipped to troops serving overseas, where Frankss unit was serving. The program even garnered the support of UNC basketball coach, Roy Williams. (http://scnbnc.com/blog/?p=688)
Just in time for the holidays, Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q was able to welcome Franks home with a special lunch for the specialist and his family at the Garner, NC location at Highways 40 and 42, on Thursday, December 17th, 2009. At the lunch, Franks presented Averitte with a commemorative oar, completed with hand-braided dressings and coins. It will be prominently displayed at the Garner location.