Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark Raises more than $80,000 for Operation Bigs
The record-breaking donation will benefit military families
SAN DIEGO—Phil’s BBQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County raised just over $80,000 with 2,652 attendees at the eighth annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark on Sunday, August 7.
Phil’s BBQ donated 100% of the event proceeds to Operation Bigs, a one-to-one mentoring program that provides an extra layer of support to children and families with an active duty military parent.
“The proceeds from this event will go directly to providing mentoring support for military family children in San Diego,” said S. Wayne Kay, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. “Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark inspired 15 attendees to sign up and volunteer as a Big Brother or Sister and treated 900 children/Big Brothers and Sisters to an unforgettable day. We are extremely grateful to Phil Pace, who launched the event seven years ago and our underwriting sponsors and guests who helped fund our Operation Bigs program through their attendance.”
The 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bigs of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Liaison of the Year, were recognized at the event.
Attendees enjoyed Phil’s ribs and chicken plus two sides, Pixster photo booths and a Kid Ventures Kid Zone. There was live music by The Morgan Leigh Band, as well as a beer garden and VIP area, featuring Blue Chair Bay Rum, Deep Eddy Vodka, Copa Di Vino Wine, Ballast Point and Karl Strauss.
Operation Bigs was launched in 2004 to meet the increasing demand for Big Brothers and Big Sisters from Camp Pendleton families. Since its inception, Operation Bigs has served more than 1,550 Navy and Marine Corps children. The program operates at eight schools in four communities around San Diego County, including Camp Pendleton, Point Loma, Coronado and Murphy Canyon. Last year, it expanded service to 100 additional military children throughout San Diego County, through Big Brothers Big Sisters traditional community-based program. Operation Bigs enrolls military dependents between the ages of 7- 17 at no cost to families.
The event’s major sponsors included Phil’s BBQ, the San Diego Padres, Richard & Richard Construction, Torrey Pines Bank, Metropolitan Transit Systems, Frank Subaru, Coca-Cola and Blue Chair Bay Rum, along with supporting sponsors Dr. Pepper, Ultrafryer Systems, Inc., Broadstone Little Italy, Broadstone Corsair, Follett, SolarCity, Curtis Restaurant Equipment, Gaylord and Air Cleaning Technology. Community sponsors included Delaware North, Pixster, San Diego Event Catering, Sunbelt rentals, Sysco, Elite Wear, Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, Deep Eddy Vodka, Copa di Vino, Kid Ventures, Classic Party Rentals, Fluid Sound, GoGo SqueeZ and Hubert’s Lemonade. Media partners included San Diego 6-CW, Energy 103.7, KyXy 96.5, FM 94.9 and get1free.
More than 100 Phil’s BBQ employees donated their time to set up and run the event.