Food and fun come together for important cause
News-sun staff report March 3, 2013 3:55PM
Desmond Andrews of Grayslake checks the temperature of the pork roasts during the second annual Harvest Hill Charity BBQ in Lindenhurst March 2, 2013. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:13AM
Anytime you can mix fun, food and charity, you have put together the million-dollar combination.
So it was in a Lindenhurst neighborhood Saturday, as the Ken Smith Memorial Charity BBQ Contest was held in the Harvest Hills subdivision (west of Route 45 and south of Grass Lake Road) in Lindenhurst.
The event was put together and hosted by Tracy and Bill McGrath, who live on Glenayre in Harvest Hills. Tracy is a Lindenhurst village trustee. On Saturday afternoon, residents of the subdivision dropped by the McGrath’s home where ribs and chili were being served on the street in front, and there even was a “cook-off” competition to determine who could make the tastiest ribs and/or chili. Nine teams of cooks had hopes of winning the contests. There also was an award for the team of cooks that raised the most money for the designated charity.
This year’s proceeds will go to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which is based in Zion, in memory of the late Kenny Smith, who was last year’s fan favorite at the cook-off. “He passed away last year. We wanted to honor him by raising funds for the cancer treatment center where he was receiving treatment,” said Tracy McGrath.
Attendees brought canned food items for the township food pantry and made a donation for CTCA.