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United Way of Nevada County held its 12th annual BBQ event, Grills & Grilles, on Saturday, Oct. 19th. The event was held at Western Gateway Park and more than 400 people showed up to view cool, eclectic cars and sample grilled delicacies. The 5thDerek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf (see below) competition took place earlier in the day.
The public voted for their favorite Backyard BBQ team and favorite vehicle. A team of expert judges chose the winning “Critics Choice” in the Backyard BBQ competition. The winner of the 2019 Backyard BBQ People’s Choice 1st place award went to “Rub n Butts”, second place went to “The Rib Doctors” and third place was “Interfaith Food Ministry BBQ”. The Backyard BBQ Critic’s Choice 1st place went to “Griffin BBQ”, with “Interfaith Food Ministry BBQ” and “Precision Q” coming in 2ndand 3rd respectively. “Rub n Butts” won the Spirit Award for their energy, creativity, and spiritedness.
The “Best in Show” winner in the Car Show was a 1962 Chevy Corvair Custom pickup owned by Bill Croker. This was a fun event for everyone who participated. The attendees enjoyed delicious food, cool cars while listening to great music by Grease, Grit and Grime. All of the proceeds from this event go to the United Way of Nevada County Community Impact Fund, which goes towards making an impact in the areas of Basic Needs; food insecurity, emergency shelter, and access to healthcare.
One of the winning Backyard BBQ teams receiving their award
United Way Board Members and the lead singer from Grease, Grit & Grime during the 2019 Grills & Grilles
The 5th Annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament was held on Oct. 19th during United Way’s Grills & Grilles event at Western Gateway Park. The tournament was hosted by the Gold Country Disc Golf Association in memory of Derek Sorensen who was an avid disc golf player. A hundred percent of the tournament proceeds were donated to United Way of Nevada County in Derek’s memory, culminating in a total donation of $2,765.00.
Derek was 26 years old when his loving family lost him. His mother, Debbie Evans said, “He was a best friend to many and a great friend to all. He was not judgmental; never a bully and he loved all living things. He loved all living things; dogs, cats, butterflies, birds, bees and even slugs. Derek was passionate about the Yuba River, loved the mountains, the ocean and most of all the desert and he enjoyed many sports, bowling, hiking, camping, biking, snowboarding and playing disc golf. He is missed by many.” All proceeds from the tournament went to United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund.
Honoring the memory of Derek Sorensen
Hopefully you didn't miss out on this fun fundraiser! It was a special evening of music and dancing featuring The Latin Jazz & Funk Band. We raised funds for the Grass Valley Free 2-Day Health Care Clinic in 2020! Entrance was a $20 requested donation. Food & drinks were available for purchase from the Pub. The Latin Jazz and Funk Band consists of Jim Bratt guitar and vocals, Scott Rogers bass and vocals, Bob Scarlett congas and percussion, Rob Wimmers drums & Monica Fabriaz clarinet and vocals.
United Way of Nevada County
Physical: 563 Brunswick Rd. Suite 11, Grass Valley, CA 95945 ~ Mailing: P.O. Box 2733 Grass Valley, CA 95945
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