I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t we have the the Charity Barbecue Bash in October of last year? What the heck took so long to make the donations? Well, I apologize for the delay. Life got in the way. Normally, the Grillin Fools go on hiatus from November through late January. Not because it’s cold, but because of the holidays. All the family gatherings and such. This year we didn’t get that luxury. We did the article for Feast in November which required us to perfect the recipes, write the article and then spend an entire day doing a photoshoot. Then we had Thanksgiving and Christmas followed shortly there after by the grilling demo on Great Day St. Louis followed by the cooking class at L’Ecole Culinaire. Not to mention that GrillinFools.com is a a hobby and not a job. Tom, Dad, and I all have full time jobs that don’t involve grilling.
These all sound like lame excuses, and they probably are. How long does it take to write a couple checks, right? Well, there was a little more to it than that. The original intent of the contest was to give half of what we made after expenses to the Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Project. The other half would’ve gone to putting on the second annual contest. I say, ‘would’ve,’ because when it was all said and done we had about $600 after expenses. That would’ve meant $150 for each charity. Despite all the time and effort that we put into the contest, we felt that $150 wasn’t good enough. So we decided to give all the proceeds. After we looked at it, we felt that $300 to each charity wasn’t good enough either. So we dug into our own pockets and upped each donation to $500. We feel that $1,000 still isn’t enough and wish we could give more, but again, this is a hobby and we couldn’t afford to go beyond that.
Here are the nice receipt letters from both charities. Both donations were made in memory of Dad’s good buddy Bob Tremaine who we lost last year and was a Vietnam Vet. If you click on the pictures they will open them in a new window in a bigger size:
For the next event, we’ll likely have to raise the entry fees. $50 times 18 teams seems like a lot of money, but after all the expenses, it didn’t go very far. It was our first event. We had no idea how much was involved and how expensive some of the items were. We’re hoping that we will get some corporate sponsors for the second one and thus alleviate some of the expense so we have more for these worthy causes. We’ve talked to Hot Shots about having them bringing in a beer wagon, and we’re already talking to people about prizes for the raffle.