Amanda Reed Takes 1st Place in Step Up BBQ

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 11 March 2015 04:00

This past Saturday hundreds of BBQ lovers joined at the Carolina Beach Lake for the Fourth Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ Cook-Off. The competition started on a level playing field:  everyone had the same meats, was in the same location and had the same time constraints.  But thrown into the mix was individual rubs, sauces and marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that left only one winner! Team “Amanda Reed“ took first place and will hold braggin’ rights until next year! In addition guests enjoed live music from Junkyard Mama, Kenny  Reeves and TrainWreck, and the headliner The Mark Roberts Band! Beautiful weather and a huge crowd attributed to another successful event raising a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers.
This year Step Up is proud to continue a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  
The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers has a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.  Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.  Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down. The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers 


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