From the Heart – January 2023

Jan 27, 2023 | Newsletters

From the Heart

January 2023

Message from the Co-Founders

Operation BBQ Relief is off to a great start in 2023.  We held a Leadership Summit to discuss processes and procedures to identify short and long-term goals for the organization.  We enjoyed meeting volunteers from the southwest Florida area at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  We continue to participate in The Always Serving Project events throughout the country while expanding Camp OBR.  We have added 3 dry cabins to Camp OBR with 3 additional cabins scheduled to be added in the upcoming weeks.

Please take the time to review our impact data since Operation BBQ Relief began in 2011.  We appreciate the support from each of our volunteers, sponsors, and donors who have contributed to impacting communities in need.

Stan Hays, CEO
Will Cleaver, CPO and Head of Finance

Volunteer Appreciation

Operation BBQ Relief thanks the volunteers and supporters that attended the Appreciation Dinner at our warehouse in Tampa. Special thanks to Brighter Days Brewing Company for supporting and sponsoring the event!

The Always Serving Project®

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Mercury One to provide 2500 hot BBQ meals to first responders and members of the National Guard in Eagle Pass, TX. Thank you to Mercury One, supporters, volunteers, and staff that helped share a hot meal!

2023 Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Classic

3rd Annual Celebrity BBQ Academy and Golf Classic

Join us for an incredible event with wonderful celebrity supporters and delicious food!

We have sold out during the past two years! Reserve your team today!


What does the FAST Team do?
Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer Mike Moore highlights the critical role of the FAST Team.

Camp OBR

Operation BBQ Relief will have programs at Camp OBR for members of the military, veterans, first responders, and their families. If you or your company is interested in being a sponsor at Camp OBR, please contact


Help share the healing power of BBQ!
Make new friends! Register to volunteer on the Operation BBQ Relief App
or sign-up at


Order your St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt by March 3nd for delivery by St. Patrick’s Day!
Shipping and handling included.

Corporate Supporters



Join the #iamOBR movement with a tax deductible monthly contribution where you can select donation options to help support Operation BBQ Relief.


Operation BBQ Relief relies solely on volunteers like you. Whether you are a competition BBQ team, caterer, restaurateur or simply an individual or group wanting to help when disaster strikes, we want you to be a part of this rewarding experience in helping people.