The event raised nearly $2,500 that will be used to maintain center programs, such as home-delivered meals. Last month, volunteers delivered 8,000 meals cooked at the center to recipients across the county.
"The community really backs this center," Smith said of the money raised. "I'm proud to be a part of this."
Besides the 300 fried fish and sweet potato meals sold, organizers auctioned coins, homemade pies and three quilts--two that were made at the center--for the fundraiser.
Volunteer cooks included Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood and Southern Commissioner John Wrenfrow.
"It was so much fun doing that," Underwood said. "The people just loved it, especially the music."
Thayer School District Superintendent Dan Chappell said he and his wife were amazed by the musical talent in the area, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Musicians who donated their time included Thayer Police Chief David Bailey, Eddie Cooper, Mike Asher, Billy Joe French, Jason D. Williams, Sleepy LaBeef and Thayer Alderman Mike Harber.
Thayer Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting, Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King, Church of Christ pastor Erman Croney and former Thayer Mayor Merle Williams also volunteered their time, Smith said.
"This was our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it's all thanks to these people," she said.
Smith said no plans have been firmed up yet, but the center likely will host a ham and bean cook-off in early 2011 as its next fundraiser.