Wine Country "Q": Camp Korey
We chose this charity to help local children battling serious illnesses to be able to have a little fun; and as Paul Newman put it "raise a little hell!"
Simply Marvelous BBQ: ADSUM Education Foundation
Simply Marvelous BBQ is competing for ADSUM Education Foundation.
Left Coast Q: Horses Helping to Heal
Grills Gone Wild Iowa: Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team
The letters in C.A.R.E. stand for Child Assistance Resource Education. They provide assistance with: children's back to school backpacks, Lovings Hands Nursery to provide daycare for an hour or two, money for medical prescriptions for children, gas money for doctors appointments, Guardian Angels Program, Taco For Tots, week of YMCA camp, clothing and beds, and many other programs. Their goal is to provide for children less fortunate. Grills Gone Wild Iowa chose this charity because they are locally based and they had heard about their many successes. Every year, they reach out to many children in the community, helping 907 in 2013 alone. Grills Gone Wild believes that a community that invests in families will see the reward as more children grow up to reach their full potential.
Pig Skin BBQ: Child Find of America
Pig Skin BBQ is competing for Child Find of America because it has a great mission statement and has consistently received an A+ rating. A donation to this organization can help bring a child home or keep a child safe.
TippyCanoe BBQ Crew: UNI Adapted Sports Camp
Our 10 year old nephew was born with Spina Bifida and is wheelchair bound as a result. He has participated in the Adapted Sports Camps held at the University of Northern Iowa and had great experiences.
Big T'z Q Cru: Raising Readers
Their mission is to "improve language and literacy development in children from birth to age 8 and nurture healthy parent-child relationships." They provide free books to all children of need in our area, and provide programs to enrich the literacy development of young children throughout the region. As a parent and former educator, I understand how crucial early language development is for all children. That is why I have chosen them to be the benefactor of any BPS Elite TOY awards we receive.
Lucky's Q: Children's Cancer Connection out of Des Moines
Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ: JDRF of Greater Iowa
JDRF is a very special charity to us. Our daughter Haley was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 11 and through the help of JDRF and it's efforts she's now 22 yrs old and lives a normal life. We strive to find a cure for this disease that effects millions of people every year. JDRF not only provides money for research, but also helps with support of newly diagnosed kids and their families.
Little Pig Town: Bit By Bit
Since opening in 1997, Bit by Bit has been and continues to be Northeast Oklahoma's premier therapeutic riding program. Founded by Linda Barron and originally located on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore, Bit by Bit began as a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs through equine therapy. Over the years, the program has relocated to Oologah and expanded to serve over 70 students, offering therapeutic riding lessons to children living with a variety of special needs. One thing hasn't changed: the commitment to making a difference in riders' lives. This is possible thanks to over 150 volunteers, nearly 20 horses, and generous support from donors. Together, we make strides for those with special needs!
Gilly's BBQ: St. John's Children's Hospital
The reason I like St. John's Children's Hospital is because it is in my community and you can visit and see the real things that are happening right now and I was born there. They are in constant need of small things in the playroom that make a child smile and feel more at home. I hope I can have success with the elite team to help provide these things.
Swiggin' Pig: Variety Children's Charities of Memphis
Swiggin' Pig has chosen Variety Children's Charities of Memphis because of their efforts in helping children all over the mid south and also for supporting BBQ.
Swamp Boys: KidsPack USA
Swamp Boys will be competing for a local children's charity called kidsPack USA (http://www.kidspack.org/). They provide a backpack to select children on Fridays filled with simple to prepare food for them to eat over the weekends. Unfortunately too many families rely on the free breakfast and lunch at school as the only food their children get. KidsPack works to bridge the gap for weekends, as well as holidays and other breaks from school including summer. Swamp Boys has donated to them in the past and I feel they are providing a great service for our community. Some of the children I teach benefit from the KidsPack program.
3 Eyz BBQ: Believe in Tomorrow's Children Foundation
We are competing for Believe in Tomorrow's Children Foundation. A good friend of ours and a fantastic cook in his own right, Dillon Booth, has had some struggles through life. This is one of the foundations that has helped him and his family, so we are honored at the chance to give back through the BPS Elite program.