News Release-Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® Franchises Commits Five Year Financial Endowment To Me Fine Foundation

Raleigh, N.C. (September 9th 2016)- The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce two franchises of the North Carolina-based Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® brand has committed $20,000 over the next five years to Me Fine Foundation. The endowment will support the non-profit’s mission to provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

The Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® brand has long been a supporter of the Me Fine Foundation as the two organizations share Johnston County ties. In past years Smithfield’s has donated food, gift cards and been a supporting sponsor of the Me Fine Gala. Two locally owned franchises of the restaurant group wanted to provide an annual financial commitment that would significantly boost Me Fine’s financial support to the families they service. Me Fine’s financial support includes mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and final expenses.

“To say this a game changer for our organization is an understatement,” said Joey Powell, Executive Director to Me Fine Foundation. “This financial endowment will not only expand our services but allow to continue programs that give hope to the families we serve. Our gratitude is immeasurable, “ he added.

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® will also serve as a sponsor of the The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media, held on Saturday September 17th at the City Club Raleigh. The gala is Me Fine’s signature fundraiser, a night of celebration with food and drink, a live and silent auction, and music performed by local favorite Crush.

Tickets for the event will available online at Corporate sponsorships opportunities are available and can be found on the gala website. For more information about Me Fine visit and for more information on Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® visit For interest in sponsoring the gala, call (919) 202-0086 or email


About Me Fine Foundation, Inc.:

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to parents and caregivers sacrificing their livelihoods in order to provide their children with state-of-the-art, or even last-chance medical treatment at Duke and UNC Children¹s Hospitals. Me Fine Foundation is committed to ensuring families with children facing a devastating medical crisis are able to receive financial assistance, emotional support and other necessary resources to sustain the loss of income from the dramatic lifestyle changes they face during the treatment process. For more information, please call (919) 202-0086 or visit


About Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q®

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® is a North Carolina brand with a history of serving the finest fried chicken and Eastern-North-Carolina-style Bar-B-Q, made fresh daily from family recipes and served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® has 37 locations in North Carolina with plans expanding outside the state. Visit for more information or call 919-852-1742.

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation