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Pappy Q
06-24-2012, 01:41 PM
From the Queen City BBQ cook off in Clarksville TN: this contest was a fund raiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. While I wasn't at it I've been told about an amazing gesture by all the Teams that got calls. I knew a few Teams (led by Rob Marion of 2 Worthless Nuts) were planning on returning any winnings to WWP. But as the calls began each Team began returning the checks back to the contest. By the end, all prize money had been donated back. Proud of each of those Teams and proud to call many of them my friends.

Pig Headed
06-24-2012, 02:04 PM
BBQ'rs are some great people. You're right, that was an amazing gesture!!!!!!!!!!

Twelvegaugepump
06-24-2012, 02:09 PM
I got goosebumps reading this. Big hearts. I am proud of all of you who did this!

Meat Burner
06-24-2012, 02:13 PM
What a great gesture by all the teams. My hats off to all of them!

that's hot
06-24-2012, 02:34 PM
that's a very honorable gesture.


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OregonBoy
06-24-2012, 02:39 PM
Very Cool. Karma coming to them.

motoeric
06-24-2012, 04:21 PM
That's amazing.

When we get caught up in discussions about the BoD or shigging or any other annoyance, stories like this really put things into perspective. BBQ'ers are good folks, plain and simple.

Eric

TRS
06-24-2012, 05:30 PM
Awesome Gesture by the teams! I'm sure all the wounded vets that were "honorary" team members for the comp had a blast as well.

Kudos guys! :clap:

cameraman
06-24-2012, 05:35 PM
That's the best. Some fine human beings right there.

Podge
06-24-2012, 05:45 PM
It was an amazing gesture, but I think we can all agree it's not much of a surprise. BBQ people are some of the best people out there. I'd like to see another hobby or sport do the same.

bbqbull
06-24-2012, 05:46 PM
Outstanding news!!!

Shiz-Nit
06-24-2012, 06:35 PM
outstanding and what a nice thing to do

Scottie
06-24-2012, 06:38 PM
Pay it forward...

Divemaster
06-24-2012, 09:39 PM
That's my boys!!!!

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nthole
06-24-2012, 09:59 PM
Very cool!

Rookie'48
06-24-2012, 10:05 PM
Now that's what I call CLASS!!!

CarolinaQ
06-25-2012, 12:22 AM
Saw this same thing happen a few years ago in Shelby, NC at Hoghappnin, which also raises money for a worthy cause, but nothing more worthy than helping those that sacrifice their life and limbs so that I can live free in this great country of ours!
Thanks Rob and all the others...

Crash
06-25-2012, 05:21 AM
Classy with a capital C. I'm in no way surprised...good people do great things.

I've got a lot of respect for all that donated to this awesome cause.

dmprantz
06-25-2012, 09:05 AM
I just wanted to point out a fact real quick: All teams did not return their checks, and I think this happened before GC and RGC were called, so I'm not sure what they did. I hate to rain on any one's parade, but the entire purse was not donated back.

dmp

kenthanson
06-25-2012, 11:16 AM
I think that it was a tremendous gesture, but I think it puts a lot of people in a real awkward position. I don't think competing in contests is going to make me money, but if I ever won any money it would absolutely help offset some of the costs of competing, and if I gave money away from one contest I don't know if I could compete again on my limited budget. So if I was called after all the teams so far had given up their cheque than I would have to but would I want to, not at all.

U2CANQUE
06-25-2012, 12:50 PM
It was an amazing experience for sure, it went way beyond teams and individuals who were there....Big Guns donated their winnings from Boston Hills and several folks were emailing us during the contest to match our winnings. I can tell you that it was one of the proudest moments in my short BBQ life. I will go back to this contest each year to cook and give back....because I can tell you that I would pay a lot of money to replicate the emotions from the weekend and friendships that I got to be part of.....

Muzzlebrake
06-25-2012, 01:17 PM
Diva may have won Sunday, but Saturday belonged to Rob. Thanks brother for leading the charge on this. Story and pics (http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=DA&Date=20120623&Category=PHOTOGALLERIES20&ArtNo=306230020&Ref=PH) are here.

The following email was sent from the organizer according to those familiar with the situation.

"A special thank you to all the professional teams that came out to support our 2nd annual Queen City BBQ Competition in Clarksville, TN. Our unique Cook-Off pairs teams with wounded soldiers from Fort Campbell, KY’s Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. We were pleased to have 36 teams join this special competition, some traveling as far away as 800 miles, to support the wounded soldiers. On Friday night several of the soldiers served as judges for the Anything Butt contest. Walking among the tables we could sense the level of excitement, as the soldiers were eagerly sharing how the BBQ teams were so friendly and embracing of their presence. Also that evening Retired Lt. General Hugh Smith came to welcome the teams and thank them for their support of the injured soldiers. On Saturday it was so gratifying to see those wounded warriors proudly walk along side their team members with beaming smiles, as they carried their turn ins. As the teams started gathering for the awards ceremony, some of the soldiers had their wives and children to cheer them on in hopes of being the Grand Champion. As each winning team was called to the front to receive their award, the wounded soldier would stand full of pride, beside their team mates and smile. But the most overwhelming and touching moment of the whole weekend came as one team made the decision to return their wining monies back to the contest, so that the monies would be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. That decision set off a “pay it forward” response from other teams. To see the teams start streaming to the front to return their checks brought a standing ovation from the crowd. Amongst the roar of the applause, were tears streaming down the faces of all in the room. As the tears ended, huge smiles began to emerge from the soldiers and statements such as “I can’t wait until next year, I want to be here again” could be heard. Thank you and May God bless you. Wayne"

Thanks again Rob, inspirational move! We are already assembling our team for next year, we are not going to miss the next year.

lcbateman3
06-25-2012, 01:24 PM
Awesome thing. I keep telling everyone that BBQ people are some of the friendliest caring people in the world.

Pappy Q
06-25-2012, 03:19 PM
I just wanted to point out a fact real quick: All teams did not return their checks, and I think this happened before GC and RGC were called, so I'm not sure what they did. I hate to rain on any one's parade, but the entire purse was not donated back.

dmp

We're you there?

dmprantz
06-25-2012, 03:21 PM
We're you there?

Yes.