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 mare 75,000 square feet 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, Challenger Baseball, Sertoma Speech Clinic and the Loveland Center. Each year they serve over 8,000 children and families with disabilities.
The net proceeds from the Bash will be used to support and maintain all the facilities now and in the future, ensuring the legacies of Kevin Brown, Tom Brown, John Cox, Tim Erickson, Kathy Hazard, Lt.General Rolland Heiser, Gary Jones, Ken Linguard, John Olliver, Orville Ray, Bob Ritz, John Ryan, Bill Sirios, Bob Stanton, Hollis Trucker,Jr., Gene Whipp, Steve Zagony, Dave Jaques, and Robert Woods who were instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission.
To ensure that non-profits organizations can continue to serve children with disabilities in our community in rent-free facilities.
Nature of Activities
The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc. (Suncoast Foundation) was incorporated in 1984, as a not-for-profit organization, whose primary purpose is to facilitate the construction or acquisition of facilities and/or equipment for handicapped children and young adults which will assist them in developing their capacity for independence from institutional lifestyles and in so doing enhance their ability to enter and participate in society. The facilities are to be operated by a not-for-profit organization with the resources and expertise to manage them in a responsible, beneficial, and fiscally prudent manner. The Suncoast Foundation owns real estate, property and equipment and leases these to other not-for-profit organizations for a nominal charge.
"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