On Saturday, September 21, with only one day left in the summer of 2013, the Friends of Red Cross Leadership Council held its first annual “Fight Fire With Fire” BBQ Cooking Competition. The Friends of Red Cross Leadership Council is a group of rising young professionals who volunteer to help raise funds and awareness for the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA). The purpose of this event was to raise money for one of Philadelphia’s greatest community assets, Red Cross House –the Center for Disaster Recovery. Red Cross House is a short -term residence for disaster victims located in University City and is the only one of its kind in the country.
The Fight Fire With Fire barbeque was a successful, not to mention delicious, event on what turned out to be a gorgeous day. Set up was made easy by Promotion Rental Service and Taylor Rental, who provided the essential equipment for a great barbeque event, including table, chairs, canopies and other necessities.
The cook-off was held at the Science Center Parking lot located at 39th and Market Street from 12:00-4:00pm. Attendees had access to as many ribs and chicken dishes as they wanted from our vendors: The Fresh Grocer, Famous Dave’s, Whole Hog Café, and Guerrilla Ultima BBQ. In addition to the smoked meats, additional foodstuffs were provided by Philly Pretzel, Hatfield Hotdogs, Tastykake and FamJuice. Dock Street Brewery set up a Beer Garden, and additional kegs were provided by Victory and Muller distributors.
Several bands performed throughout the day, including Dream Safari, Hard Work Movement, Neon Faith and the Friday Night Thieves Cover Band. DJ Eric emceed the entire event and kept the crowd entertained. There was an inflatable basketball hoop set-up for the kids, as well as the opportunity to meet SEPA’s very own friendly dog mascot, Fred Cross. Upon arrival, each guest was given a ticket allowing a one-time vote for best barbeque on the premises. At the end of the event, the votes were tallied and the winner was the Whole Hog Café, from over the river in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The Friends of Red Cross Leadership Council was extremely pleased with the success of this event, and they are already planning next year’s end of summer celebration. They, along with SEPA, would like to extend their thanks to all volunteers, donors and sponsors who made the “Fight Fire with Fire” BBQ Cooking Competition possible.