BARBEQUE COOK-OFF RAISES OVER $27,000 FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
More than 1,400 people came out to sample BBQ, drink beer, listen to music, and raise money for breast cancer research at this year’s CahabaQue at Cahaba Brewing on April 6, 2019. This annual fundraiser celebrated its seventh year by raising more money than ever and bringing the lifetime total amount raised to $98,000 raised to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA).
CahabaQue started after Cahaba Brewing’s co-founder and Mountain Brook Fire Department firefighter, Eric Meyer, had a co-worker get diagnosed with breast cancer. “We wanted to do something at the brewery to raise money for breast cancer research. We reached out to the BCRFA to be our partner as we had worked with them in the past at the fire station,” Myer stated. ”We also wanted the funds raised at CahabaQue to support our local community,” he continued.
Eighteen cook teams competed for best CahabaButt (winner: Capstone Development Partners & 2nd place: Stifel/Ward Investment Group), People’s Choice (winner: Local 1295), Most Charitable Team (winner: Guin Services), and Most Creative Team Name (winner: Deez Butts). Along with the mouthwatering BBQ there was also a kids’ zone complete with bounce house, face painter, and balloon artist. Mother May I and Kyle Kimbrell provided live entertainment for event attendees. VIP ticket holders also had the opportunity to meet the competition’s celebrity judges and take a tour of Cahaba Brewery.
Beth Davis, BCRFA Executive Director, said, “Our partnership with Cahaba Brewing Company and CahabaQue provides substantial support for our mission each year. Thanks to all of this year’s sponsors, attendees, cook teams and volunteers, we raised over $27,000 for breast cancer research in Alabama. We are already looking forward to next year’s CahabaQue on April 18th!”
The BCRFA takes a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer through support of collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. All of the funds raised remain in Alabama, supporting local research, which in turn makes a national impact.