Charles Mitchell

Auburn Civitan Charles Mitchell, bastes a batch of golden brown smoked turkeys for Civitan’s annual Christmas smoked turkey and ham sales

After a successful Thanksgiving smoking of almost 200 turkeys and hams, the Civitan Club of Auburn will do it again on Dec. 20 for the Christmas holidays. 

For 50 years, the Auburn-Opelika community has enjoyed this holiday tradition that helps fund Civitan projects throughout the area. Billy Kennedy, president of the Civitan Club of Auburn, wants everyone to know that “turkeys and hams will be available hot off the pit on Sunday afternoon, December 20. They are the most delicious $40 you will find anywhere.” 

Orders can be placed with any Civitan member or by calling Laurel Hendrix at 334-545-0069. Leave your name, order (turkey or ham) and contact information. Both turkeys and hams are $40 each. 

Orders can be picked up at the smoking pit behind the Elks Club on Opelika Road after noon on Sunday, Dec. 20. All turkeys and hams must be pre-ordered. 

The Civitan Club of Auburn is part of Civitan International, a nonprofit civic club headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Funds raised from this annual event help Civitans support projects for children and adults with disabilities, including the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Camp ASCCA on Lake Martin and Special Olympics. 

The Civitan Club of Auburn also provides the American flags that are displayed in downtown Auburn on holidays and is a sponsor of the Bicycle Safety Program in Auburn City Schools. 

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