BBQ Event to Raise Money for Charity
By: Aeryn Beining
What started off as a fun and delicious way to raise money for a church turned into a large annual fundraising event. This Saturday, February 18, the Second Annual Downtown BBQ Throwdown will be held at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Though last year was a success and had such an unexpected turnout, this year is expected to be bigger and better.
“We had 1,200 guests come to the Throwdown last year at Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church,” said event organizer, Philip Hall. “Due to the unexpected amount of guests we had to move this year’s event to Mizner Park Amphitheater, a much larger location.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this community-focused event that gives back to eight local charities,”said Fresh Kitchen Partner David Pullman. “We are looking forward to introducing the Fresh Kitchen lifestyle and menu to the Boca Raton community at the Downtown BBQ Throwdown.”
“Unique Smoke and Que had a great time participating last year, and we are really excited to participate again this year,”said Wes Vaux of Unique Smoke and Que. “We are really impressed by how much the event has grown after last year’s success, expanding the event to the Mizner Amphitheater and including Bobby Flay”
The event will provide entertainment, music, food tastings and a BBQ contest that will feature American celebrity chef, Bobby Flay, as a guest judge for the contest.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to support good cooking and support the local charities who will benefit from the donations.
This function will work hand in hand with charities such as Boca Helping Hands, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers among six others.
Drs. Denese and Miguel Brito are two of the main sponsors who will be hosting this annual fundraiser. Other sponsors include familiar organizations such as Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Saks Fifth Avenue and many others.
Ticket prices range from $35 for adults ages 13 and up, $10 for children ages 9-12 and kids 8 and younger are free with a canned good for donation.
This beneficial fundraiser is changing the way that our community raises money. Make sure you come out to eat, donate and most importantly have fun for a charitable cause.