Operation BBQ Relief Annual Heroes Benefit Weekend

May 19-20, 2024


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Kansas City, MO - May 19, 2024 - May 20,2024 - Operation BBQ Relief invites all to join their Annual Heroes Benefit Weekend, a one-of-a-kind two-day event full of epic BBQ, fundraising, golf, and celebrating heroes and their families. Dedicated to honoring military service members, past and present, first responders, and their families, this weekend’s fundraisers will support Camp OBR, our retreat on Lake of the Ozarks, built to enrich the lives of our heroes and their families through culinary therapy. 

Resilience and Renewal at Camp OBR
Victor Lockwood, Father of Fallen Hero, Katie Jo Lockwood, USN (2:35 watch)

Weekend Event Details:

Heroes Benefit BBQ 

Join us for an evening of BBQ so good, we call it "Black Tie BBQ!”

Sip craft cocktails, enjoy dueling pianos, bid on fantastic auction items, and hear heartwarming stories of resilience and heroism, while supporting Operation BBQ Relief's mission to feed communities after disasters and enrich the lives of heroes every day.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Cocktail Hour with renowned Chef, David Olson of Live Fire Republic
  • Location: The Venue in Leawood, 4800 W. 135th St., Suite 108, Leawood, KS 66224
  • Attire: This one-of-a-kind event is all about fundraising and fun, so break out your favorite “drinks with friends” duds and join us for BBQ so good we call it Black Tie BBQ!
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets here

Heroes & Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Tournament

Calling all golf & BBQ lovers!

Join our annual golf tournament and experience the best of both worlds. Your golf team will tee off on one of the finest courses in Kansas City, all while sampling BBQ from some of the best pitmasters in the game and sipping cocktails along the way.

If you love BBQ, but golf just isn’t your thing,

Our BBQ Academy course is made for you! Grab a team of four for a fun and fast-paced journey into the art and science of BBQ. You’ll visit different stations scattered across the golf course, where you’ll master the tools of the trade, explore the differences between hot-n-fast and low-n-slow techniques, and learn how to create the greatest grilling and BBQ dishes you’ve ever tasted.

  • Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
  • Time: 8 AM: Registration and Breakfast | 9 AM: Shotgun Start
  • Location: Nicklaus Golf Club, 14225 Dearborn Ave, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Details: Golf Foursomes, BBQ Academy spots, & Sponsorships are still available. Contact TSaari@OBR.org for more information.

Celebrities and Heroes Attending:

  • Brett Saberhagen, World Series MVP, Kansas City Royals
  • Chef David Olson, Live Fire Republic
  • Zeke Crozier, Wounded Combat Veteran, Artist, and Founder of Handy-Cappin'
  • Victor and Jennifer Lockwood, Parents to Fallen Hero, Katie Jo Lockwood, USN
  • Stan Hays, CEO and Co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief and CNN Top 10 Humanitarian of the Year.

For onsite media inquiries, interviews, or to request additional information, please contact:

Heather Williams
Director of Communications
HWilliams@OBR.org or 816-987-8153

About Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief, a much-loved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has provided over 11,000,000 hot meals to communities after disasters. Founded by Kansas City pitmasters, their commitment extends beyond disaster response to initiatives like The Always Serving Project® and Camp OBR™, enriching the lives of heroes and addressing food insecurity issues in communities.

For more information about Operation BBQ Relief, visit OBR.org and follow them on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and TikTok at @opbbqrelief.

HOW YOU CAN HELP To support Operation BBQ Relief's mission please consider donating or registering to volunteer at OBR.org.

Operation BBQ Relief thanks their generous sponsors for their unwavering support.