Since 2010, the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash has established itself as a destination for the best barbecue competition and bluegrass entertainment in Southwest Florida. It is the signature fund-raiser for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children (SFHC) plus funding many area non-profit organizations that participate.
The SFHC has constructed over 70,000 sq ft of buildings in Sarasota County, Florida. These buildings are located on three separate campuses: Sarasota, Venice and North Port. The facilities are leased for one dollar per year to non-profit agencies. Currently the facilities are occupied by Special Olympics, The Florida Center, Community Haven, Children’s First, Sertoma Speech Clinic and the Loveland Center. Presently they are serving over 8,000 children and family with disabilities annually.
The net proceeds from the Bash will be used to support and maintain all of the facilities both now and in the future. This will ensure that the legacies of Kevin Brown, Tom Brown, John Cox, Tim Erickson, Kathy Hazard, Lt.General Rolland Heiser, Gary Jones, John Olliver, Orville Ray, Bob Ritz, Bill Sirios, Bob Stanton, Gene Whipp, Steve Zagony, Dave Jaques, and Robert Woods who were so instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission will be preserved.
To ensure that non-profits organizations can continue to serve children with disabilities in our community in rent-free facilities.
"To establish a special destination venue of competition barbecuing and bluegrass entertainment in a family friendly environment and be a marquee event by offering top-notch bluegrass music and attracting the nation's top pit masters!"Don Fisher