Woody’s Bar-B-Q® Raised the Roof While Raising Funds for Healing Hands

National Franchise Company Hosted Successful Spare Rib Eating Contest and VIP Party in July, Raising $12,000 to Benefit Florida Charity that Serves Abused and Neglected Children

September 04, 2013 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida – On July 27, national franchise chain - Woody’s Bar-B-Q - commemorated 33 years of serving up authentic Southern barbecue with the return of its popular Spare Rib Eating Contest. Good times and good food were common themes as carnivorous contestants took part in the barbecue sauce basted bash to see who could devour the most slow-smoked spare ribs within a 5-minute time span. Once the feast had ended, four champions were named and the festivities continued into the afternoon at Woody’s flagship restaurant at 1638 University Boulevard in Jacksonville. Proceeds from the VIP Party – which included live entertainment, raffle for prizes, silent auction, and an appearance by Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, Jaxson De Ville – benefitted local non-profit organization, Healing Hands. Before the party came to a close, Woody’s Bar-B-Q had raised more than $12,000 to support the cause more commonly known as the First Coast Child Protection Team.

“The First Coast Child Protection Team is made up of caring local doctors, nurses and medical professionals who diagnose cases of physical and sexual abuse in children in our area,” explained Yolanda Mills-Mawman, co-founder of Woody’s Bar-B-Q. “The funds we raised will help offset the cost of the organization’s daily operations, as well as support their efforts to raise awareness about the devastating issue of child abuse and neglect in North Florida. This is the most we’ve ever raised on their behalf and we are so grateful to all of the guests in attendance, as well as all of the businesses who took part through the donation of items for the raffle and silent auction.”

The Spare Rib Eating Contest portion of the event was hosted at four locations throughout Florida – where the chain is based. Each winner received a $100 “Q Card” to Woody’s Bar-B-Q and a commemorative “I’m a Total Pig!” t-shirt.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q Spare Rib Eating Contest winners included:

  • Manny Rodriguez with 11 ribs at Woody’s Bar-B-Q Miami
    located at 16367 SW 88th Street
  • Aaron Feuer with 17 ribs at the original Woody’s Bar-B-Q Jacksonville
    located at 1638 University Boulevard
  • Mike Jenkins with 18 ribs at Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sebastian
    located at 13600 US Highway 1
  • Joe La Rue with an astounding 21 ribs at Woody’s Bar-B-Q Palatka
    located at 110 South State Road 19

Mills-Mawman summed it up simply, “Based on the results of this fundraiser, the show of support from our business community, and the awesome turnout from our fans, I’d say that night – we were all winners!”

About Woody’s Bar-B-Q®

After opening their first Woody’s Bar-B-Q in 1980, partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman have spent the past three decades setting the “bar” higher for great Southern Bar-B-Q. From the humble beginnings of just one location in Jacksonville, Florida, a shared passion for Bar-B-Q, and a dog-eared collection of recipes, Mills and Mawman have grown the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand to locations reaching from the Deep South where Bar-B-Q is king to the Northeast and Western fronts. Perhaps best known for their legendary melt-in-your-mouth slow-smoked Signature Baby Back Ribs, Woody’s has also built quite a following among patrons with their secret recipe Bar-B-Q sauces and meats, as well as their freshly prepared side dishes. For more information and a list of locations, visit http://www.woodys.com. To learn more about becoming a Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisee, visit http://www.woodys.com/franchise/.

SOURCE Woody’s Bar-B-Q


Tammy Poudrier 
Director of Marketing 
Woody’s Bar-B-Q
904-992-0556 ex 30

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After opening their first Woody's Bar-B-Q in 1980, partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman have spent the past three decades setting the "bar" higher for great Southern Bar-B-Q.


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