From the Heart – June 2022

Jun 23, 2022 | Newsletters

From the Heart

June 2022

Message from the Co-Founders

We hope you and your families are having a great summer. Operation BBQ Relief continues to participate in several events from coast to coast. These events are a great opportunity to practice our deployment procedures while also raising awareness for our mission and recruiting new volunteers. We have several upcoming events planned this summer and hope you are able to volunteer or say “hi” if you happen to be at one of these events.

We are excited to announce that numerous celebrity chefs and sports figures have joined forces for our second cookbook Grilling with Golic and Hays – An Operation BBQ Relief Cookbook.  We encourage you to purchase the book and share with family and friends.

We are grateful for the generous support from volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who continue to fuel our mission.

Much respect,

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

Upcoming Events

June 24 – Huntsville, AL
BBQ with the Vets

June 25 – Ridgefield, WA
ilani Resort BBQ Fest and BBQ Basics

July 7 – Greenwood, SC
Festival of Discover

July 11 – Nashville, TN
Weber & Amazon Prime Veteran’s Screening

July 15 – Smithville, MO
Day at the Lake

July 29 – Spokane, WA
Feed the Troops, Fairchild AFB

August 4-7 – Chicago, IL
Windy City Smokeout

Grilling with Golic and Hays Cookbook

Stan Hays and Mike Golic teamed up with an incredible lineup of celebrity chefs, athletes, and
coaches to present Grilling with Golic and Hays: Operation BBQ Relief Cookbook!

Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Classic

Thank you Country Music Star Colt Ford for hosting the 2nd Annual Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Classic. 
Save the Date for the 3rd Annual BBQ Academy & Golf Classic on May 15, 2023!

Camp OBR Wishlist

Are you looking for a way to support Operation BBQ Relief and CAMP OBR? Do you have a gently used but in good shape item we need below?  Are you a business and would like to sponsor one of these items?

Contact Stan Hays at 816-876-9019 or

Items needed:

  • 2016 or newer – 4 Seater side by side with bed 4X4 needed to shuttle people around the 180 acre property.  (We have a need for 2 of these)
  • 2016 or newer – 2 Seater side by side with bed 4×4 needed to shuttle people and for maintenance around the 180 acre property.  (We need 2 of these)
  • 2016 or newer – 4 Wheeler 4X4  (We have a need for 2)
  • 2016 or newer – 3 Seater Wave Runners (We have a need for 2) 
  • 2016 or newer –  24-27 ft Tritoon with Trailer (with a 225 outboard or greater) 
  • Hunting Stands that can hold up to 3 large adults (weight capacity of 800lb minimum)

The Always Serving Project®

“It was awesome to watch our volunteers connect, inspire, serve, and educate Manchester Tank employees and local first responders in Crossville, TN. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers had the opportunity to see how propane tanks are made and Manchester employees had the opportunity to learn how the tanks they made served a higher purpose. Many of the Manchester employees were so inspired that they are now Operation BBQ Relief registered volunteers. Thank you Manchester Tank.”

David Marks
Head of Business Development

Area Coordinator Spotlight

Frank Scarpa – New Jersey Coordinator

Participation: 5 Operation BBQ Relief events and Hurricane Ida deployment to Hammond, LA

How did you get involved with Operation BBQ Relief?
During Superstorm I was assigned to Brick, NJ as a police officer. This is when I first heard of Operation BBQ Relief and thought it was a great organization since I was already involved in competition BBQ.  Soon after that, I became involved with Operation BBQ Relief as a volunteer. I even recruited members of my BBQ team and club to become involved. I like to say I’ve been on both sides of the table in relation to Operation BBQ Relief, receiving and serving.

Favorite Operation BBQ Relief moment:
I really don’t have a specific Operation BBQ Relief moment that is my favorite. I enjoy them all. I love being able to help people that are in need.

Volunteer App Update

The Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer App and the volunteer website login process is getting an update.  We are implementing new methods to login to the App using social login which is a form of single sign-on using existing information from social networking services such as Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Google to sign into our website and app instead of creating a new login account specifically for Operation BBQ Relief.  It is designed to simplify logins for end users as you will not need to remember a password for the Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer app.  It will also provide additional security for end users data.  If you have an account with any of these companies, you can use any of them to login to the Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer App and website.  If you have an existing user account profile, you will need to make certain that your email address within the Operation BBQ Relief App matches the email address in your social login.  If it does not match, it will see you as a new user and will take you to the new user registration process.

We hope you like the new updates that we are rolling out to the Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer app. You can click on the links below to get the latest versions of the App.

REMEMBER, in order to use social login your email address in your existing Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer App profile must match the email address associated with Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, or Google.

Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer Handbook

If you have a question about volunteer participation, what to expect when you sign up to support a specific deployment, the expectations Operation BBQ Relief has of our volunteers, or even questions about diversity, inclusion, ethics, or security, please take a minute to download the latest copy of The Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer Handbook from our website and bookmark this link. The majority of your questions are already answered there. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in the handbook or need more information, you can always reach the Volunteer Services team via email at They are always happy to help!

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.