The Frisco Town Council honored its Colorado BBQ Challenge partners by presenting more than $45,000 in donations to six Summit County nonprofit organizations.
Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson said during the presentation that this year’s barbecue competition shattered records by attracting more than 30,000 guests who over the course of Father’s Day weekend purchased more than 450,000 hogbacks, the event’s official currency.
“This event would not run as smoothly and efficiently as it does without the devotion and dedication of over 380 volunteers,” Wilkinson said. “Tonight we celebrate the community effort to put on the BBQ and graciously present over $45,000 dollars to our nonprofit partners who helped to make this possible.”
Among the recipients Tuesday night were Amy Jackson, director of Advocates for Victims of Assault; Jessie Burley, community programs manager for the High Country Conservation Center; Jolina Karen, of Women of the Summit; and Shawna Lane, teen program coordinator for Mountain Mentors. The Summit County Restaurant Association and the Summit Chamber of Commerce also were recognized, but could not send a representative to Tuesday’s meeting.
The nonprofits organized volunteers to work ticket and beer booths, sell ice and nonalcoholic beverages, count hogbacks and provide zero-waste stations for the event.
In an email to the Summit Daily, Lane said 60 of her Mountain Mentors teenagers logged about six hours each selling soda and delivering ice to vendors. Frisco pays Mountain Mentors for their services; the money is then distributed to the teens as paid work experience.
Prior to the event the teens have to undergo mock interviews and attend training for their positions.