Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash logo

MARCH 27 & 28, 2020
VENICE AIRPORT
FESTIVAL GROUNDS
FREE ADMISSION
FREE PARKING

Our Mission

To ensure that nonprofits organizations can continue to serve folks with disabilities.

Our Vision

“To be a marquee destination for competition barbecuing and bluegrass entertainment in a family friendly environment.”
Don Fisher, Founder

Nature of Activities

The Suncoast Foundation was incorporated in 1984, as a nonprofit organization, whose primary purpose is to facilitate the construction or acquisition of facilities and/or equipment for people with disabilities which will assist them in developing their capacity for independence from institutional lifestyles and in so doing enhance their ability to enter and participate in society. The facilities are to be operated by a non-profit organization with the resources and expertise to manage them in a responsible, beneficial, and fiscally prudent manner. The Suncoast Foundation owns real estate, property and equipment and leases them for a nominal charge.

A Good Time
For A Good Cause

CHILI ROWSince 2010, the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash has established itself as a destination for the best barbecue competition and bluegrass entertainment in Southwest Florida. It is the signature fund-raiser for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children (SFHC) plus funding many area nonprofit organizations that participate.

The Suncoast Foundation has constructed more than $14 million worth of facilities in Sarasota County. These buildings are located on three separate campuses: Sarasota, Venice, and North Port. The facilities are leased for one dollar per year to nonprofit agencies. Currently, the facilities are occupied by Special Olympics, The Florida Center, Community Haven, Children’s First, Boys and Girls Club, Challenger Baseball, Sertoma Speech Clinic, and the Loveland Center. Each year, they serve more than 5,000 children and families with disabilities.

The net proceeds from the Bash will be used to support and maintain all the facilities now and in the future, ensuring the legacies of Kevin Brown, Tom Brown, John Cox, Tim Erickson, Kathy Hazard, Lt. Gen. Rolland Heiser, Gary Jones, Ken Linguard, John Olliver, Orville Ray, Bob Ritz, John Ryan, Bill Sirios, Bob Stanton, Hollis Trucker Jr., Gene Whipp, Steve Zagony, Dave Jaques, and Robert Woods, who were instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission.

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Facts And Figures

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Suncoast Foundation © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Suncoast Foundation For Handicapped Children, Inc., is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Registration #CH9820. Suncoast Foundation For Handicapped Children, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and employs no contract solicitors and receives 100% of all contributions. A copy of this official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7452 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

Suncoast Foundation © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Suncoast Foundation For Handicapped Children, Inc., is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Registration #CH9820. Suncoast Foundation For Handicapped Children, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and employs no contract solicitors and receives 100% of all contributions. A copy of this official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7452 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.