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Bands Brews & BBQ 2013 021: The Rankin Twins performing on stage at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ. Photo by Genesis Photographers

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013 021: The Rankin Twins performing on stage at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ. Photo by Genesis Photographers

BBQ And Boot Scootin’ Country Music Highlight May 2 Fundraiser To Support Ronald McDonald House

By Elizabeth Anthony

What better way to spend your Saturday evening than enjoying Texas’ favorite country music bands and limitless award-winning BBQ? Join the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House Houston for an evening with hot bands, cold brews and smoking BBQ!

Now in its eighth year, Texas Bands Brews & BBQ (TB3) is a unique annual country party benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston. This event was envisioned by the Young Friends of RMH Houston to attract true country music fans. It has now evolved to include another major Texan attraction – a sanctioned BBQ cook-off! In 2014, TB3 included 23 competitive cooking teams and three amazing country bands. Over 1,000 attendees enjoyed an unforgettable all-you-can eat BBQ feast and a concert of country favorites.

You’re invited join the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House Houston at their 2015 event on Saturday, May 2 from 3-10 p.m. at Houston Farm & Ranch, 1 Abercrombie St., for a boot-scootin’ evening of country music, ice cold beer and all the BBQ you can eat.

The proceeds from this world-class directly benefit the thousands of families and children who utilize RMH Houston’s programs throughout the Texas Medical Center. The event is presented by a host of sponsors including title sponsor Derrick Equipment Company. Hundreds of young professionals attend the event each year with tickets priced at $25/person which includes unlimited BBQ. TB3 has raised over $387,000 for the RMH Houston children and families.

At the 2015 event, Hayes Carll, Brandon Rhyder and The Guzzlers will be performing throughout the evening. More than 25 BBQ teams are expected to participate in the cook-off challenge as they cook up BBQ favorites like chicken, brisket, ribs and more. The event will also include a variety of raffle packages.

Live music is played all day while the crowd has a boot-scootin’ time on the dance floor. Vendors are onsite to provide a variety of products from women’s clothing to sporting goods. Raffle prizes and BBQ winners are announced toward the end of the event.

Two types of tickets are available:

General Admission – $35 in advance, $45 at the door includes BBQ, 2 Beer/Wine Tickets, & Concert; or

VIP – $100 includes BBQ; Unlimited Beer, Wine, open Vodka bar Concert; Souvenir T-shirt; Prime & Designated Seating.

Beyond ticket purchases, a variety of sponsorships are available. Interested sponsors are invited to register prior to May 2. More information is available on the event website. Visit texasbandsbrewsbbq.com or contact Felicia Broussard at fbroussard@rmhhouston.org.

The Ronald McDonald House Houston

Volunteers at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital prepare to make their rounds armed with trays of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Children who’ve smelled the inviting aroma know they will soon receive a special guest visiting with treats. Moms and Dads at Texas Children’s Hospital rest quietly for a few short hours in their private bedrooms harnessing the strength they will need when they head back to their child’s hospital room.

Parents at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital continue to perform routine tasks such as doing laundry and cooking dinner in order to maintain a semblance of order and control over their lives which have been interrupted by their child’s life-threatening illness. On Holcombe Blvd, the occupants sharing space there are able to laugh for a few precious moments at the antics of the House’s resident labradoodle and temporarily escape the sounds of the hospital which constantly remind them that their child may be fighting for his or her life. At Ronald McDonald House Houston (RMHH), families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center institutions are enveloped in an atmosphere of care, compassion and support.

Offering a nurturing environment to all families of children facing a potentially life- threatening condition, including those in need of an organ transplant, major cardiac surgery or fighting cancer, RMHH operates a total of 86 rooms and provides support services in several locations throughout Houston. Spanning across the medical center from a freestanding, 50-bedroom House on Holcombe Boulevard to smaller facilities inside Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, all of these programs loudly proclaim a home away from home in every detail from well-stocked bookshelves to ironing boards. Additionally, RMHH will never turn a family away if they cannot afford to pay the requested $25 per night.

As a nonprofit organization, RMH Houston relies on the generosity of the Houston community and fundraisers to support its mission. Founded in 1991, the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House Houston is an organization of young professionals that hosts monthly meals and activities for the families and children of RMHH, while also assisting with fundraising efforts to support the House. Over the years, the Young Friends have raised over $1,300,000. More information about RMHH is available at rmhhouston.org.

Volunteers Welcome

Generous community members help out the families at Ronald McDonald House Houston in a variety of ways including providing meals at their four locations. At Holcombe House, a dinner is served by a volunteer group at least five nights a week. The families are always so thankful to have a warm meal waiting for them after a long day at the hospital. Van transportation to Texas Medical Center institutions is provided multiple times each day for families at Holcombe House. Additionally, the van takes families to the grocery store at least once each day.

RMH Houston relies heavily on the support of corporate donors and group and individual volunteers. If you are interested in corporate opportunities or becoming a volunteer, email covs@rmhhouston.org 

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: The Guzzlers performing on stage at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ . Photo by Todd Parker, CPP)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: The Guzzlers performing on stage at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ . Photo by Todd Parker, CPP)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: VIP tent area at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ. (Photo by Todd Parker, CPP)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: VIP tent area at Texas Bands Brews & BBQ. (Photo by Todd Parker, CPP)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: More than 25 cooking teams typically participate in the TGCBCA-sanctioned BBQ cook-off. (Photo by Todd Parker, CPP.)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: More than 25 cooking teams typically participate in the TGCBCA-sanctioned BBQ cook-off. (Photo by Todd Parker, CPP.)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: Texas Bands Brews & BBQ is hosted by the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House Houston. Pictured here are Jordan MacPhail, Charlotte Cameron, Emily Duncan and Jenny Dill. Photo by (Todd Parker, CPP.)

Bands Brews & BBQ 2013: Texas Bands Brews & BBQ is hosted by the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House Houston. Pictured here are Jordan MacPhail, Charlotte Cameron, Emily Duncan and Jenny Dill. Photo by (Todd Parker, CPP.)

Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Holcombe House is a freestanding 50 bedroom House located inside the Texas Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Houston.)

Ronald McDonald House Houston’s Holcombe House is a freestanding 50 bedroom House located inside the Texas Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Houston.)

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