LEXINGTON, Va. – The second annual Freedom Meals Competition held on July 3, 2022, in downtown Lexington, Virginia raised and distributed $28,200 to 14 native non-profit organizations.
Freedom Meals Competition is an annual Independence Day themed road competition that includes picnic fare and dwell leisure however serves the larger goal of fundraising for native non-profits. Greater than 800 advance tickets had been bought on-line by attendees from six states. Practically 1,000 further tickets had been bought on the day of the occasion. Freedom Meals Competition was free to the general public and an estimated 3,000 folks attended.
The esteemed Freedom Meals Competition judges had been retired servicemen USAR Lt. Col. Jake Wilson, USN Cmdr. Richard Hastings, and USMC Cpl. Clyde Mull. Collectively they selected the Yard BBQ Bowl-Pulled Entire Hog meal that includes Devils Spine Brewing Firm’s Juicy Magic IPA Spiked Watermelon Ball because the winner of this yr’s Freedom Meals Competition Spoon.
“Rockbridge Space Transportation System was so lucky to be partnered with the wonderful group at Devils Spine! Their creativity far exceeded something I may think about,” mentioned Michelle Watkins, Govt Director of Rockbridge Space Transportation System (RATS). RATS and Devils Spine Brewing Firm had been amongst seven groups of celeb cooks paired with non-profit organizations to take part within the cook-off portion of the Freedom Meals Competition.
A Individuals’s Selection Award was bestowed upon the Rockbridge County Excessive College Golf Staff and John Stallard of C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co. Coach David Miller believes the group loved the competition, stating, it’s “all the time enjoyable to do group constructing actions and when meals, music, and enjoyable are concerned it makes for a terrific day. Successful the Individuals’s Selection award was the icing on the cake.”
Russell Orrison of Perkins & Orrison, Inc., one of many occasion sponsors, discovered the competition to be “completely nice,” expounding, “seeing previous and new associates, the time period ‘previous house day’ has by no means been extra acceptable. We had been as soon as once more reminded of why we like to be on this place, with these folks.”
Serving as celeb cooks for Freedom Meals Competition had been Laurie Macrae and Southern Inn Restaurant for Boxerwood Schooling Affiliation; Jim Jones and C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co. for Associates of Pure Bridge State Park; David Miller and C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co. for Rockbridge County Excessive College Golf Staff; Michelle Watkins and Devils Spine Brewing Firm for Rockbridge Space Transportation Providers; Lexington Police Chief Angela Inexperienced and Candy Treats Bakery for Lexington Police Basis; David Faulds and The Group Desk for The Group Desk of Rockbridge; and Misty Camden and Lexington Golf & Nation Membership for Yellow Brick Highway Early Studying Heart. Non-profits offering children meals, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks included Hull’s Angels, Inc., Associates of Rockbridge Swimming, Inc., Rockbridge Space Habitat for Humanity, and Staff Na-Na Sports activities, respectively.
Freedom Meals Competition Steering Committee consists of representatives from Rockbridge Regional Tourism, Major Road Lexington, Chamber of Commerce Serving Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge Co., Rockbridge County Workplace of Financial Growth, Southern Inn Restaurant, CHEFS Catering, and Boxerwood Schooling Affiliation. Particular due to the Metropolis of Lexington and Lime Kiln Theater for occasion help, and to 49 Winchester, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, and Acoustic Syndicate for his or her wonderful leisure.
Sponsors of Freedom Meals Competition had been Financial institution of the James, Large Spring Farm, Cattleman’s Market, CHEFS Catering, CornerStone Financial institution, Devils Spine Brewing Firm, Dynovis, Inc., full circle catering, Hess & Co. Jewelers, Huffman Insurance coverage Businesses, James River Realty, Lexington Prescription Heart, Pure Bridge Historic Lodge & Convention Heart, Perkins & Orrison, Inc., Southern Inn Restaurant, Spencer Dwelling Heart, and College Cleaners.