Elaine Rogers, left, president and CEO of USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, joins celebrity chef Myron Mixon and Giant Food executive Felis Andrade and division president Gordon Reid June 19 at Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ Restaurant in Alexandria for the 2nd annual Red, White and BBQ fundraiser to help aid American troops.
Photo by Jeanne Theismann.
“It only made sense for us to host an event for the USO.” — Pitmaster celebrity chef Myron Mixon
Sports fans from around the region descended on Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ Restaurant in Alexandria on June 19 for the second annual Red, White and BBQ fundraiser to benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.
“I’ve done some USO tours before – to Kuwait and South Korea – so it only made sense for us to host an event for the USO,” said celebrity chef Myron Mixon, a four-time barbeque world champion.
The event was sponsored by Giant Food ahead of this weekend’s Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, one of USO Metro’s largest fundraisers, and featured silent auction items from Washington’s sports teams, including autographed items from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
“This is the third year for Giant to serve as the title sponsor of the Barbeque Battle and second year to partner with the USO,” said Giant Food representative Daniel Wolk. “Our USO fundraising campaign began Memorial Day weekend and runs through the Barbeque Battle this weekend. So far we have raised more than $500,000 in support of our troops.”
The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will take place June 23-24 in Washington, DC, and will benefit USO Metro and the Capital Area Food Bank.
“Shoppers can still support the USO by donating at the checkout line through June 24,” Wolk added. “Cashiers will ask if you want to round up your change or donate $1, $3 or $5 when you are paying for your groceries.”
For tickets or more information on the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, visit www.bbqindc.