Supported Charities

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Our mission is to teach, enjoy, preserve, and promote barbecue as a true American food and to help various children’s

charities by conducting barbecue events throughout the state of California.

-California BBQ Association


Casa Pacifica

Casa Pacifica serves abused, neglected and severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents from the Tri-County areas of Southern California. Casa Pacific offers residential treatment, emergency shelter care, assessments, educational programs, family support, medical services and a variety of community based interventions to children and their families.

Central Valley Children's Hospital

A portion of the proceeds from the Red Hot & Real BBQ Championships organized by CBBQA Members Kim and Brent Walton went to the Central Valley Children's Hospital. The Central Valley Children's hospitla is a not-for-profit, state-of-the-art children’s hospital on a 50-acre campus with a medical staff of more than 450 physicians. In California, we treat more inpatient cases than any pediatric hospital north of San Diego, making us the second largest children’s hospital in the state. Our 338-bed facility is one of the 10 largest hospitals of its type in the nation.

Challenged Children's Rodeo

The Challenged Children's Rodeo is an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in modified rodeo events with the assistance of real rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. They get to ride a real horse, rope some stationary steers and just enjoy a wonderful rodeo experience in front of a large and supportive crowd. They also get some fancy western clothing and accessories. Then after building up a bronco bustin' appetite, they will mosey over to the VIP area where CBBQA members will serve them a fresh out of the smoker lunch. This is a "feel good" event. Members of CBBQA get to share our love of BBQ with some special children and their families who deserve to have a fulfilling and fun day. Pro Circuit Rodeo hires local restaurants to provide food and service to rodeo participants, workers and sponsors for each day of the rodeo. We will fill that position on Sunday. Rather than pay us, they will write a check to Challenged Children's Rodeo. Which will enable them to have another rodeo next year. This works out great for all involved. Challenged Children's Rodeo gets funds for their next event. The cowboys and sponsors get world class BBQ. And we fulfill our obligation to support children's charities.

-CBBQA Member John Richardson

Fathers Heart Ranch

Father's Heart International is a DBA of South Valley Christian 501©(3) registered non-profit organization. Father's Heart is dedicated to fight hunger, educate children, and spread the gospel in Africa. All donations to Father's Heart International are tax deductible.

Father's Heart has been dedicated in building a facility in Desert Hot Springs, California to look after and care for abused and neglected children right here in America. Thanks to the gracious effort of volunteers and donors like you, they are in the final phase of construction and licensing and are nearly ready to start helping kids! New buildings, walkways, dining facilities, and recreational areas are complete, and the State of California is reviewing their qualifications in preparation for the ranch's grand opening! The children being helped by the Father's Heart Ranch will come from the Riverside County Department of Social Services. Funding for the facility will come partially from the state (being a state licensed facility) but will also rely on private, and corporate donations to supplement their budget and provide for further expansion.

City of Gilroy

Many of the CBBQA Teams participated in the Annual Rock n' Ribs contest in Gilroy, CA. This event is orgaqnized by CBBQA Member Ric Gilbert. Proceeds of this event help out the City of Gilroy's Anti-Gang youth programs.

Institute of Black Parenting

The Institute for Black Parenting (IBP) is the first licensed private, full-service Adoption, Foster Care and Family Preservation Agency that has served the African American community in four Southern California counties, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside since 1988 and the state of Louisiana since 2000.

Kristy's Foundation (formally Wishland)

Kristie’s Foundation, dba: Wishland, is a non-profit 501©(3) organization that has been providing support services to terminally ill and critically ill children and their families since 2003. Wishland is in the process of creating “Kristie’s Place,” the first end-of-life care facility for children in Southern California and only the second one in the nation. This will fulfill a need that is long past due in the care of critically ill children. “Kristie’s Place” will be warm, welcoming and comfortable. A place where families can find solace and support during some of the hardest days of their lives. Families will have a well-furnished family-size suite with the privacy they need along with medical expertise and emotional support.

In September of 2007, Wishland contacted CBBQA about cooking BBQ for approximately eight hundred attendees at their First Annual Butterfly Release Festival. It was such a success that Wishland asked CBBQA to come back and cook for their Second Annual Butterfly Release Festival in September of 2008. CBBQA volunteers cooked BBQ for over one thousand attendees at this event.

In April of 2008, Wishland hosted their first ever BBQ competition called “Que’n for Kids.” Twenty-three teams competed in this state championship, and nearly two thousand attendees got an opportunity to sample real BBQ.

In May of 2009, Wishland will combine the Butterfly Release Festival with the second annual “Que’n for Kids” BBQ competition, making this event even bigger and better than last year. It is anticipated that CBBQA volunteers will feed BBQ to approximately 2,500 attendees at this event.

-CBBQA Member Glen Stanley


The CBBQA has been a supported of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for several years now. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles was founded on the notion of "one child, one wish" in 1983. Since that time, we have brightened the lives of over 6,300 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions.

While medical technology and treatments have allowed the children we serve to lead longer lives, we continue to strive towards our ultimate mission of fulfilling a wish for every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in Los Angeles County.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.


CBBQA Members helped raise money through BBQ sales at the Gene Autry BBQ Championships for MEND.

MEND-Our Mission, as a volunteer-driven organization, is to provide services that meet the basic human needs of individuals who reside in the northeast San Fernando Valley. These services are provided in a manner that safeguards the dignity of all recipients while promoting self-reliance.

In the early 1970's, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) opened its doors in an effort to transform the lives of the neediest residents of the San Fernando Valley - poor children and their struggling families. Starting as a small group of volunteers working from a garage, MEND has grown primarily by word-of-mouth into one of the leanest operating non-profit organizations in existence. More than 95% of the support and donations received by MEND, now the largest poverty agency in the Valley, provides emergency food, clothing, medical, vision and dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance, English as a Second Language classes, youth activities, and a Christmas program. In 2005, we served over 456,000 individuals.

Each month, more than 9,300 hours are donated by volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds and income levels; all joining together to act as people helping people. Each person plays a vital role in meeting the mission of MEND. From the distribution of food, clothing to assistance in job training and placement, our volunteers give MEND life.

Oroville Fundraiser for Fire victims

A group of local Oroville merchants last week held a benefit barbecue to raise funds for fire victims in the Butte County area. Hundreds of guests gathered on the evening of July 31 for a rib dinner and barbecue cook-off. Several CBBQA members competed in a non-santioned rib cook-off against local BBQers. CBBQA members present were Tim Mar, Leonard Sanders, Pat Kenneally and son Sean, David Schmidt, David Towne, Larry Gaian, and John Chips. Sean Kenneally won the trophy. Raffle tickets were sold for more than 3,000 in prizes, and attendees enjoyed local music, a classic-car show, face painting and more. All event proceeds are being turned over to the Oroville Church of the Nazarene, which will distribute the funds to fire victims throughout the county.

Also during the actual fire, CBBQA members Tim Mar, John Chips, and Leonard Sanders helped feed over 100 evacuees at the Red Cross Shelter in Oroville.

-CBBQA Member Leonard Sanders of Chuck Wagon BBQ Company of Oroville, CA

PAL -Police Activities League of California

The mission of California PAL is uniting law enforcement and communities by providing youth programs which develop discipline, positive self-image, mutual trust and respect.

California PAL's primary goal is to assist police and sheriff's departments in establishing and developing PAL chapters in every community in California; thereby ensuring that all California youth have the opportunity to participate in California PAL programs. California PAL is well on its way to achieving our goal as we are California's largest juvenile crime prevention program with the active participation of over 300,000 youth.

PAL Website

Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego

The CBBQA works along with the Viejas Outlet & Casino to help raise funds for the Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. CBBQA members help provide Championship BBQ to the public to benefit this worthy charity.

Rady Children’s is San Diego region’s only designated pediatric trauma center and the only area hospital dedicated solely to pediatric care. Our goal is to help create a region where all children go to school healthy and ready to learn how to be productive, responsible citizens. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.

Relay for Life

Several CBBQA members headed a group to help the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day – cancer will be eliminated. For more information regarding The American Cancer Society or Relay For Life please visit

American Cancer Society link or Relay For Life link

San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program

The San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program supports current and former foster youth to meet life's challenges and work towards getting what they need to become self-sufficient, successful adults.

Toys for Tots

The CBBQA is working with the US Marine Corp reserves and their Toys for Tots program starting in 2008.

Toys for Tots Program info-

MISSION: The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

ACTIVITIES: The principal Toys for Tots activities which take place each year are the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located and in communities without a Reserve Unit that has a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toy and monetary donations.


Operation: Care and Comfort is grateful to the companies and organizations who stepped forward to show their support for our troops. TroopFest 2006 would not be possible without their generous support, and we thank them, on behalf of our Troops and their families! The California BBQ Association formed a team of Pitmasters to help prepare Championship quality BBQ for the Troops and their families at the 2006 Troopfest held at the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA.

Steps for Success

Steps for Success is a great program where the Santa Clara Rotary Club dedicates two Saturdays to hand out shoes and a book to under privilaged kids in the city of Santa Clara, CA. The program have teachers pick out children that they feel could use the assistance. The parents are presented with a "contract" that obligates them to read to their children in exchange for a brand new pair of shoes, a new book as well as a book mark that each child personalizes. The Steps for Success program helped over 200 children in the city of Santa Clara this year with a pair of new shoes. This progam started as a way to encourage literacy in the community.

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