(Editor's Note: 7NEWS originally reported the hours of the Y-Fry as 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. The correct hours are from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
LAWTON, Okla._Organizers at the Armed Services YMCA are gearing up for an annual event that benefits area soldiers and their families.
The ASYMCA will host its 8th annual "Y-Fry" at the Great Plains Coliseum Thursday and Friday night from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The fundraiser will feature a chicken and fish dinner, and the proceeds will support service members and their families by providing child care, food, household items and emergency financial assistance.
Last year, the ASYMCA raised $25,000, but organizers hope to surpass that this year.
"We'd just like people to come on out. We expect a bigger crowd each year, so we're expecting about 3,000 people. We're geared up, so there's not much waiting. If you get your tickets early, it'll only cost you $10," Bill Vaughn, executive director of the ASYMCA, said.
Honorary chairman of the ASYMCA Y-Fry Hossein Moini will serve the first meal, which is going to an enlisted soldier whose family has benefited from ASYMCA programs.
"We are excited about this event and what it means for soldiers. This community event is a natural for Lawton. We love Soldiers and we love good food," Vaughn said.
"The Armed Services YMCA is truly a home away from home for junior enlisted soldiers and their families. The ASYMCA provides everything from child care to clothing to support should they face difficult financial or emotional times. It's comforting to know the ASYMCA ensures our military families have peace of mind while their Soldiers defend our freedom," Jan Stratton, an honorary ASYMCA Y-Fry chairman, said.
This year's event will also include performances by MacArthur High School's JROTC drill squads.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children, five years of age and under, are free. You can purchase tickets at Chick-Fil-A on Northwest Cache Road, Venture Travel, Arvest Bank or any ASYMCA trustee.