Eleventh annual event breaks record on money raised and donates 100% of ticket proceeds to benefit military families

​Phil’s BBQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County raised over $112,200 with nearly 3,000 attendees at the Eleventh Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark on Sunday, July 14.

Phil’s BBQ donated 100% of the event proceeds to Operation Bigs, a one-to-one mentoring program that provides an extra layer of support to children and families with an active duty, veteran or gold star military parent.

Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark inspired attendees to sign up and volunteer as a Big Brother or Sister and treated 600 Littles/Big Brothers and Sisters to an unforgettable day. Phil Pace, who launched the event eleven years ago, and his entire team at Phil’s BBQ donated their time to serve approximately 3,000 attendees.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Phil’s BBQ, the Padres and all our event sponsors for providing such a fun event to raise money for the youth in our Operation Bigs program,” said Lorie Zapf, CEO & President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. “In addition to donating 100% of the ticket proceeds, hundreds of volunteer “Bigs” and their “Littles” were able to attend at no cost, being treated to a BBQ lunch, game ticket, fun zone, root beer floats and live entertainment!”

The 2019 Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bigs of the Year,” “Volunteers of the Year,” “Liaison of the Year,” were recognized at the event for their outstanding contributions to the organization.

Attendees enjoyed Phil’s ribs and chicken plus two sides, Pixster photo booths, Kids Zone, a Root Beer Float Garden sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union, and more. There was entertainment by The Morgan Leigh Band on the Sycuan Music Stage, as well as a beer garden and VIP area, featuring Karl Strauss, Ballast Point, Thorn Brewing, Bay City Brewing, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Duck Foot Brewing – where guests enjoyed $5 beer and drinks with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting BBBS of San Diego County.

Operation Bigs was launched in 2004 to meet the increasing demand for BBBS from military families stationed at Camp Pendleton. Since its inception, Operation Bigs has served more than 2,950 Navy and Marine Corps children. The program operates at eight schools in four communities throughout San Diego County including Camp Pendleton, Point Loma, Coronado and Murphy Canyon. In 2015, Operation Bigs also expanded their services to military children through BBBS’ traditional Community-Based program. Operation Bigs enrolls military dependents between the ages of 7- 17 at no cost to families. Volunteers are in high demand.

The event’s major sponsors included Phil’s BBQ, the San Diego Padres, Richard & Richard Construction, Torrey Pines Bank, RelationEdge LLC, Coca-Cola, Frank Subaru, Navy Federal Credit Union, Gibson Dunn, Bolton, AmTrust Financial. Other supporters include Synergy Management, Ultrafryer Systems, Air Cleaning Technology, Dave Whipple Sheet Metal, Inc., Dr. Pepper, Stokes Wagner, Accurate Chemical, Douglas Allred, Curtis Restaurant Equipment, High Flying Foods, RJS Law, and Orion Risk Management. Media partners included 100.7 and The CW. Other event donators included Karl Strauss, Ballast Point, Thorn Brewing, Bay City Brewing, Deep Eddy Vodka, Duck Foot Brewing, GoGo squeeZ, BB’s Eco Jumps, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and San Diego Event Catering.

More than 100 Phil’s BBQ employees donated their time to set up and run the event.


About Phil’s BBQ

Since opening in 1998, Phil’s BBQ has become famous for their award-winning BBQ in San Diego. The fast-casual restaurant has won numerous local and national awards. Phil’s BBQ has rapidly expanded over the past several years, opening locations in Point Loma, San Marcos, Santee and Rancho Bernardo, three eateries at Petco Park, a new location inside Sycuan Resort & Casino, a location within the San Diego International Airport, the soon to open location in Temecula, and continues to expand its retail market, selling Phil’s famous BBQ sauce in Costco locations around San Diego County.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
For 58 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve measurable positive outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and healthier relationships. By partnering with parents and guardians, schools, corporations and other community members, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) to monitor and support one-to-one mentoring matches that build safe, enduring relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often from single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change lives for the better.

Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at www.SDBigs.org, or call (858) 536-4900.

Source: Phil’s BBQ

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