BBQ Competition Helps Hurricane Harvey

Houston is known as a BBQ town.

Westport usually isn’t — except on Labor Day weekend, when for 10 years the Blues, Views and BBQ Festival has drawn thousands of visitors.

One of the biggest attractions is the “Cooking for a Cause” competition.

This year, the “cause” is particularly important.

Festival organizers — including the Downtown Merchants Association — just announced they’ll donate proceeds from the contest to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Westport’s Emergency Medical Services staff participated in the 2013 competition.

“We are deeply saddened that a beloved member of our BBQ community is suffering so greatly,” officials say. “We feel it is our responsibility to send support to this ravaged area.”

In previous year, proceeds were donated to the Westport Woman’s Club food pantry. Blues, Views and BBQ will continue to support that worthy cause, with funds from other areas.

Spots remain open for more BBQ competitors — which of course means more help for Houston. The event is set for this Saturday (September 2). For more information — and to register — click here.

4 responses to “BBQ Competition Helps Hurricane Harvey

  1. Mary Cookman Schmerker '58

    You cannot begin to know how excited I am to be the first comment on this report. From Richmond, Texas, just a few miles from Houston but in an area included in the devastation left by Harvey I say thank you, The need is great. The recovery will take years. I believe the death toll will be less than Hurricane Katrina because of the lessons learned but the total area impacted will be much larger as Harvey moves East and North. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You! P.S. We are personally fine.

    • Wishing you well Mary, and prayers for all those around you who are struggling. Every little bit counts and we are currently receiving inquires from the amazing local community about donations of food and clothing, so we will also designate an area at the festival for collections if people would like to bring dry and canned goods and clothes.
      Thank you again Dan for always doing your part to make the community aware of opportunities to help others.

  2. Judy Kelhoffer

    Lived in Westport for over 20 years til I made Houston my home 3 years ago.
    I’ve never seen anything like this and hope I never do again. My family is doing great but so many are not. So thank you Dan and Westport for your kindness and much needed money donations!

    • Mary Cookman Schmerker '58

      Judy, ask Dan for my personal contact information. I’d love to talk to you. I am a Westport native but have lived un the Houston Metropolitan area for 40 years..