Wow! When we started planning the 2016 Great Grill Off, we tackled a few pretty big changes as we worked toward the vision God gave us for the event, and we weren’t sure how many people would show up on the CCHO campus that day.
It didn’t take long to get our answer, though. Twenty minutes into the event, our first two parking lots were full and our burger teams were hard at work grilling and handing out their delicious concoctions (here, here) to everyone who had already lined up to grab some lunch on what turned out to be a beautiful day here in Wooster! We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, and we are so grateful for the commitment everyone showed to the mission of CCHO and Encompass. In particular, the residential kids here on campus were amazed (as they are every year) that so many people showed up to support them and the work being done in their lives.
We will have some truly incredible numbers for everyone to see soon — attendance, donations, volunteers, food consumed — but in the meantime, we wanted to give special thanks to our event sponsors and partners, without whom the Great Grill Off wouldn’t have been nearly as great.
The generosity displayed by our two premier sponsors, Bill Harris Auto in Ashland and The Tarrier Steel Co. in Columbus, was incredible. Bill Harris provided a 2015 Chevrolet Spark for our live auction while Tarrier Steel’s support made it possible for us to make this the biggest Great Grill Off ever!
Of course, the food was one of the stars of the day, and special thanks goes to Certified Angus Beef for providing all of the meat for the burgers that everyone enjoyed! We have worked with Certified Angus Beef for several years now during this event and we are so appreciative of their support…and their delicious product!
Can’t have burgers without buns, of course, and Buehler’s in Wooster donated all the buns used for the Grill Off. Frito Lay, meanwhile, provided a seemingly endless supply of chips, and we were extra excited to work with Wooster’s own Hartzler Family Dairy for the first time, making dessert a little extra special this year for everyone who had a bowl of Hartzler’s ice cream.
Finally, we are grateful for the support of The Commercial & Savings Bank and Curry Lumber, for the partnership we formed with The Daily Record, whose coverage and promotion before and after the event is very much appreciated, and, of course, Real Estate Showcase, whose auctioneers helped us pull off an amazing live auction!
God gave us a huge vision for the 2016 Great Grill Off, and there’s no way it would have become a reality without the support of all of these wonderful sponsors. Thank you so much!