On November 16th, the Seven Lakes community banded together to host a benefit for community member Matthew Northcutt. The event, which took place at Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines, featured homecooked food, live entertainment, a classic car drive-in, and a silent auction to sponsor the Northcutt family.
Long-time resident and first responder Matthew Northcutt was diagnosed with ALS nearly five years ago. Matthew had been one of the first policemen to be on the Seven Lakes Police Force that existed decades ago. He also joined Seven Lakes First & Rescue, drove an ambulance, and served as an EMT, working diligently to serve Seven Lakes and the surrounding communities for many years. The Northcutt family—Matthew, Tammy, and their three young children—have become prominent and well-loved members of the community during the duration of his service.
The benefit event ran from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, filling the afternoon with activities and festivities that appealed to all ages. The event started out with a hot lunch of pulled pork barbeque with sides, cooked and provided by volunteers. Live music was provided by the McKenzie Brothers Band, playing a wide variety of classic hits starting at 1:00PM through 3:00PM.
Additionally, a raffle and silent auction were hosted with donated and sponsored items, with all proceeds going to the Northcutt family to assist with medical expenses. The variety of prizes was extensive, including a Yeti Tundra Cooler, a Callaway Golf Equipment, a Spartina Purse, a children’s bike, tool kits, gift baskets, and gift certificates provided by local vendors and golf courses.
“My family and I would like to thank everyone who supported us for the benefit. It was a very humbling experience to see the overwhelming response of love and compassion from our community,” posted Matthew and Tammy Northcutt on the Seven Lakes North and South Facebook page. “It was nothing short of a miracle and we are honored to witness it.”