The Manville-Hillsborough Elks #2119 will host “A Pig Roast for Alex,” an outdoor family-oriented fun day, returns for its 13th year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Complete with a barbecue, featuring a pig roast, live music, family-oriented activities and a morning motorcycle run, the event will take place at the Lodge on Sunday, May 22 from Noon to 5pm on at the Lodge, located at 1500 Brooks Blvd in Hillsborough. The “Pig Roast for Alex” is an event named after it’s first recipient and continues its legacy every year by helping a family with a special needs child or young adult.

This year’s child is named Emily. Emily is an adopted daughter and has been with her mother, Amy, since she was one month old. Emily was prenatally exposed to drugs and was born in a bathroom somewhere in Newark. Through all that, she sustained significant neurological damage. Kids with such neurological damage require lots of repetition, through intensive therapies, in order for their brains to develop new neurological pathways so they can develop functional abilities.

Proceeds from the Pig Roast will go directly to the treatment centers to help offset Emily’s treatments and therapy.

Tickets for the “Pig Roast” are $35 per adult and $15 for children ages 10 and up; children under 10 are free. Tickets are available at the door and in advance by calling the lodge at 908-725-1717. Admission includes live music, door prizes, tricky tray, a bouncy castle, face painting, snow cones and spin art, food and beverages. The day kicks off with a Poker Run at 11 a.m. and barbeque and pig roast takes place from Noon to 5 p.m.

This year’s event includes live music by local band “Sonic Rein” and BBQ prepared by Olsen’s BBQ.


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