Sa­vor the Fla­vors

7th an­nual Bar­be­cue, Bands & Brew is fun, helps dis­ad­van­taged

RSWLiving - - News & Views - BY KLAUDIA BALOGH

The smell of siz­zling bar­be­cue, a chilled bev­er­age and the sound of Amer­i­can rock mu­sic al­ways mean a fun Sun­day. The Lee Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion, or BIA, is host­ing its sev­enth BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser, from 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., Sun­day, April 3, to ben­e­fit Builders Care, the non­profit arm of BIA.

Christi Pritch­ett Sarlo, Lee BIA Builders Care ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, says the event is the group’s chief fundraiser to help the dis­ad­van­taged. “We as­sessed many events at the be­gin­ning, but wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she says.

Af­ter ini­tially match­ing the three el­e­ments of food, drink and mu­sic, de­cid­ing where was next. “We wanted an out­side venue with a cen­tral lo­ca­tion that had a com­mu­nity feel,” Sarlo says of the Lee County Al­liance for the Arts am­phithe­ater in Fort My­ers, which each year wel­comes all ages.

Vis­i­tors can gather at the tents or take blan­kets or chairs to en­joy four lo­cal bands—Al­ter Ego Band, Deb & The Dy­nam­ics, Rocker, and Soapy Tuna—and in­dulge in a va­ri­ety of bar­be­cue from at least a dozen ven­dors who must not only sat­isfy their guests, but celebrity judges, as they com­pete for the best bar­be­cue in town award.

Ad­mis­sion pro­ceeds—$10 per per­son—spon­sor­ships and ven­dor fees ben­e­fit Builders Care. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides emer­gency home re­pair and ren­o­va­tions for Lee County el­derly, disabled and eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged. Sarlo says the group since 2005 has as­sisted 250 fam­i­lies with such sim­ple re­pairs as a ramp or as large as com­plete home makeovers. “We def­i­nitely hope to have a record break­ing year and raise $75,000,” Sarlo says.

De­tails are at bbqband­sand­brew.com.

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