Backyard cookout becomes fundraiser for hospice care

Submitted Photo: Pictured, from left are Rosella Skinner Lewis, Michael Skinner, Christopher Skinner and BJ Buonaiuto. Missing from photo is Betty Glaiser.

STOCKTON — An informal summer party that began as a backyard cook-out has turned into a community benefit and a promise kept in memory of loved ones by a local family.

The “Skinner-ville Summer Pig-Out” is an annual event that is held each summer in Northern Chautauqua County. The gathering, which takes place at the Stockton Firemen’s Grounds, has been organized by the Skinner family as a fun event for family and friends.

This year, the cook-out took on a new purpose to raise funds for a local charity. Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care was chosen as the beneficiary of the $1,218 event proceeds to honor family members who have benefited from the agency’s services.

The Skinners would like to thank this year’s donors and attendees, promising a bigger and better “Pig-Out” in 2018.