March 26, 2010
I would like to take this opportunity
to thank you for supporting “Operation BBQ”, VA Beach VA. With your
kind donations 11 barbeque competition teams from The Mid Atlantic Barbeque Association and many other volunteers were able
to feed 350 Marine’s and their families. All the donations that were received
paid for this entire event.
These brave heroes’ had just
returned home from serving in Iraq and were very grateful for the show of support that the
community offered. On March 13th a group of 29 volunteers came together
to serve pulled pork bbq, bbq chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad desserts and drinks to this group of men and women.
It was amazing to see the smiles
on the faces of the Marine Air Control (MAC 24) unit. Countless times ‘Thank
You’ poured in and each and every time a “NO, thank you for keeping us safe” was returned to them as they
flowed through the buffet line.
I was very privileged to be a part
of this event. Operation BBQ was born over a few emails from myself and Lance
Corporal Varga while he was in Iraq. You see, LC Varga is also a volunteer firefighter at the Zion Crossroads Fire Department
where we became friends. I wanted to do something for him and his unit
when they got home to show that the community supported out troops. What started
out as a small bbq picnic, turned into a much larger event.
This Operation BBQ event was as huge
success in part by your kind donations. Thank you from all the BBQ Competition
Teams, The Zion Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and the Mid Atlantic Barbeque Association for helping.
My side of the mountain BBQ team