By Max Sullivan
HAMPTON — The Hampton Historical Society’s pig roast broke its fundraising record by $400 Saturday, helping support the Tuck Museum with its annual event.
Approximately 265 people enjoyed a full spread that included pork, traditional sides and deserts on the Tuck Museum grounds at 40 Park Ave., raising $10,750 to go towards the museum.
The roast, in its 15th year, brings in approximately one third of the Historical Society’s annual budget. A total of 275 tickets were sold for the event at $20 apiece, $10 a ticket for students ages 9 through 16. Children 8 and under got in free.
Provident Bank was the primary sponsor of the event, and local businesses pitched in by donating food items.
Ben Moore, the Historical Society’s treasurer, said he was grateful for cool weather in the 70s. The day before brought scorching heat in the 90s.
Rye state Rep. Tom Sherman helped the fundraiser break its record by winning $545 in the 50/50 raffle and then donating it right back to the Tuck Museum.
Moore said the gesture was “fantastic.”
“We applaud that kind of generosity. It was great,” Moore said.
The Historical Society spends approximately $30,000 a year to keep the Tuck Museum’s lights on and heat running. The organization receives another third of its funding from Ocean Gaming on Ocean Boulevard, a charitable gaming operation. The rest is paid for with money from dues.
Those who volunteered Saturday said they look forward to the event each year and value it as a community tradition.
Skip Webb, also president of the James House Association which runs the James House museum on Towle Farm Road, has been helping since it started. He was one of the volunteers who cooked the pigs before the roast, an all-night affair.
“I think it is one of the best things the organizations in Hampton has come up with,” Webb said. “It brings the community together.”
State Rep. Fred Rice, who helped serve food Saturday, said it is vital to keep Hampton history alive by helping to fund the Historical Society. The organization has been preserving the town’s history for 91 years.
“You’ve got to keep the heritage of the town going,” Rice said. “If you don’t remember who you are, do you know who you are. Hampton’s got a lot of very rich history.”
Source: Seacoast Online