Chow down on some barbecue for a good cause and support Leadership Aiken County’s Grow and Go Strong initiative.


Leadership Aiken County’s High on the Hog at Highfields fundraiser for a walking trail and park at the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Person’s emergency shelter will be held Saturday, April 19.


The event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at Highfields Event Center, located at 198 Gaston Road. Tickets are $35 per person.


All proceeds will go toward the park’s 550-foot-long, 4-foot-wide walking trail.


A 6-foot fence will be constructed and evergreen shrubs planted to provide privacy for the residents, and there will also be a pergola and benches in the park.


“I think Aiken is one of the most generous towns, and again it’s proving it in this event,” Leadership Aiken County member Jane Page Thompson said. “This is a good way to help victims of abuse and help them get stronger and become great people in society.”


The Cumbee Center serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, some living with their children. The location is confidential, so outside residents will not be able to visit the park.


The purpose of Leadership Aiken County is to identify, develop and motivate community leaders in the area.


The Cumbee Center walking trail and park will cost approximately $25,000 to complete. Earlier this month, project manager for the 2013-2014 Leadership class, Mike Bimrose, said the campaign had already raised about $8,500.


The fundraiser will also offer live bluegrass music and horse show jumping.


Free beer and wine will be served, and a cash bar will also be available.


Thompson thanked several sponsors, including Aiken County, Palmetto Packages, AB Beverage, Bridgestone, South Carolina Tire Processing, Cold Creek Nursery, Kimberly-Clark and the Savannah River Site.


“One thing we’re trying to establish is an endowment for care of the facility,” Thompson said. “That money will go toward caring and maintaining the facility.”


Tickets can be purchased by calling 803-522-2277 or by visiting www.lacgrowandgostrong.net.


Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.