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BBQ Cook-Off Supports EFSC Scholarships

Four people and Mr Titan mascot holding ceremonial $1,500 Grand Champion check
Team members from the Grand Champion winning team "Tricky Pig" hold their trophy as EFSC mascot Mr. Titan, EFSC Foundation Board Chair Moses Harvin II, and Foundation Executive Director Tonya Cherry present their $1,500 prize.
February 17, 2024

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The EFSC Foundation's 8th Annual Backyard BBQ Cook-Off and Family Fest held Saturday raised more than $160,000 for Eastern Florida State College student scholarships.

The event took place on the Eastern Florida State College Melbourne campus and featured BBQ samples, live music by popular local band "Hot Pink," children's activities, vendors, and the Red, White and Wheels car show, a fundraising co-event organized by the Collegiate Veterans Society to benefit student veterans who attend EFSC.

Approximately 2,000 people attended the outdoor BBQ, with the proceeds increased thanks to the generosity of the numerous event sponsors which included Signature Sponsors Community Credit Union and Glover, Orndorf & Flanagan Wealth Management; Presenting Sponsors Ajax and AMKO; Red, White & Wheels Car Show Sponsors Mel and Linda Mills and Wharton-Smith, Inc.; and Titan Sponsors Boys Electrical Contractors, Cocoa Rotary, FPL, HKS Architects, Inc., MH Williams, and Progressive Cleaning.

"We appreciate all the sponsors, BBQ cook-off teams, volunteers and people who attended to help raise money for student scholarships," said Tonya Cherry, EFSC Foundation, Executive Director.

"Despite the threat of rainy weather, it was an amazing day filled with delicious food and family fun."

Congratulations to the 2024 winning BBQ Cook-Off teams, which took home bragging rights and cash prizes that ranged from $100 to $1,500 for the Grand Champion.

The coveted Corporate Challenge Golden Pig was won by Lightholder Inc., which won for the second year in a row.

Grand Champion: Tricky Pig
Corporate Challenge People's Choice (Sponsored by Progressive Cleaning): Lightholder Inc.
Backyard Team ​People's Choice (Sponsored by Progressive Cleaning): Fantasy Q

1st Place Pork: Done Right Smokin'
2nd Place Pork: Smokin' Armadillo
3rd Place Pork: Fantasy Q

1st Place Ribs: Brevard County Sheriff's Office
2nd Place Ribs: Tricky Pig
3rd Place Ribs: Appliance Warehouse

1st Place Brisket: Fantasy Q
2nd Place Brisket: Appliance Warehouse
3rd Place Brisket: Bad 2 Da Bone Grillin'

Congratulations to those honored in the Red, White and Wheels Car Show:

1989 Models and older: 
1st place: Vincent Furino - 1968 Camaro 228
2nd place: Cori Stevenson - 1956 Ford F-10
3rd Place:  Peter Abatello - 1941 Chevy Sedan

1990 Models and newer
1st place: John Rhodes - Nissan Z
2nd place: Ray Stoetzel - Rossion
3rd place: Brian Bomba - Hellcat

President's Choice : Alan Landman - 1956 T-Bird

Spectator's Choice: Harold Stewart - Model A

Recent News

January 31, 2024 — The Eastern Florida State College Foundation recently announced that the National Veterans Homeless Support organization has endowed a new scholarship to benefit veterans in honor and in memory of former President George Taylor, Sr.

January 18, 2024 — The Eastern Florida State College Foundation's Eighth Annual Backyard BBQ and Family Fest will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the EFSC Melbourne Campus, located at 3865 N. Wickham Road.