2019 Grills & Grilles

The 2019 Grills & Grilles was a huge success!

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. 


2019 Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

5th Annual Tournament a Big Hit!

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. 


Art Fundraiser 4 Health Clinic

Event has passed...However, if you are interested in viewing some of their photography, United Way has some on display. Email Donna at admin@uwnc.org 

Local artists, Mindy Oberne and Roger Lewis, held an art fundraiser for the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Care Clinic. They have made their living in the art world for many years and have a permanent gallery of their works on their property. Three expeditions to Antarctica, via helicopter-equipped Russian icebreakers, have created incredible images of wildlife and scenery rarely captured. “Forty years of Nevada County living have allowed us to photograph the historic local architecture and the beautiful four seasons we experience in these foothills,” said Roger Lewis. All proceeds go to the Health Clinic. To view a video of the gallery, go to www.youtube.com   For more information about the gallery, contact Mindy and Roger at moberne117@gmail.com


2019 Wine Tasting Summit

This was a fun event!  Guests tasted and learned about  superior quality wines, to find the perfect bottle for summer get-togethers, or that perfect gift for their favorite wine aficionado!  The event included a wine tasting workshop, light appetizers & the opportunity to purchase exceptional wines at special prices! Live/silent auction!  Hosted by Dave Luce, wine broker extraordinaire and owner of Alta Sierra Wine Shop. He provided an informative afternoon as he unfolded the intricacies of a dozen hand selected top quality wines. The sampled wine was available to order during the event. All proceeds went to United Way of Nevada County.


Past Music Fundraiser 4 Health Clinic

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.