Started in August 2015, Barbecue for Blue is an annual fundraiser that Operation Thank an Officer puts on every August to help raise money for the organization. The money that is raised proceeds a number of our funds, including: postage fund, fallen officer memorial fund, and our scholarship fund.
These events are a great way to bring the community together and show our appreciation for our officers. Our events typically include a barbecue dinner, a silent auction, and new in 2016 a band!
Our first annual BBQ for Blue took place in 2015 at Baylor Park in Norwood, MN and included BBQ pork dinner, a silent auction and a special appearance from Miss Minnesota.
Our second annual BBQ for Blue took place at Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Watertown, MN and featured a dinner, a silent auction with The Fabulous Armadillos as the headlining band! Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert hosted the event and we had special guests, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders!
Our third annual BBQ for Blue again took place at Riverside in Watertown, MN and we were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to have Chris Hawkey join us!
The BBQ has been instrumental in growing our organization. We highly recommend you join us!