Benefit oyster roast set for Saturday

EASLEY — The third annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast is set for this Saturday, Oct. 22.

Community sponsors, supporters and the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem Program will hold the event at 5 p.m. at Arran Farm.

The evening includes an oyster roast, Southern low-country buffet, beverages, music and more. The evening is highlighted by great music entertainment and a large silent auction. This year’s auction features more than 150 items open for bid. Items include rounds of golf at some of the best courses in the Upstate and on the S.C. Coast, sports memorabilia from the state’s finest athletes, Arnold Palmer autographed photos, jewelry, whitewater rafting, dinner and theater/shows, trips to New York, Napa Valley and Belize, comprehensive orthodontic treatment, tickets to the 2017 Cola Coca 600, gifts from local merchants and much more.

Ticket prices are $50 individually and $90 per couple. Tickets may be purchased until Oct. 22 online at, from board members or locally in Easley at Nalley’s Bedding, The Starving Artist Cafe or Upstate School Spirit; in Liberty at Nalley’s Furniture; in Pickens at Town & Country Florist, Appalachian Ale House, Pickens Revitalization Association, Burning Brick Tavern, Flowers by Virginia and Burgess General Store; and in Six Mile at Southern Charm.

If you would like more information about tickets, sponsorship or to donate an item for the silent auction, call (864) 506-0737 or email at

Proceeds for the evening will go to the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem program, which has been providing holistic support to neglected and abused children since 2002. Over the past 9 years, the all-volunteer organization has raised more than $340,000 from significant fundraisers such as this year’s Annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast.

“Last year’s oyster roast helped fund our 2016 Annual Heart and Sole Back-to-School Shopping Day, which has increased over 25 percent in the past two years,” event chair Tammy Clark said. “Annual clothing potential for children in grades 5K through 12K is $25,000 per year.

“The Heart and Sole Day, held prior to the start of the school year, allows many of the children to receive new shoes and clothes for the first time. To see the excitement and pride in the child as they check out at the register makes me smile every time. I also appreciate the generosity of the community, which supports our Oyster Roast, so that the Heart and Sole Day is possible.”