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American Family Housing Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Event Raises Funds to Support Homeless Veterans and Families

Fundraiser Supports Completion of the Potter's Lane Sustainable Housing Project Designed to Give Homeless Veterans a Secure Place to Rebuild Their Lives

/ -- HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA and MIDWAY CITY, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/15/16 -- American Family Housing (AFH) -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, received over $155,000 in sales and donations from its 5th annual Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons--Professional BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show held August 5-7 at Huntington State Beach.

Attended by more than 5,000 people, Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons raised funds expressly for the construction of American Family Housing's sustainable housing project, Potter's Lane. This eco-friendly housing project will provide permanent housing for chronically homeless veterans utilizing innovative construction methods that include the upcycling of steel shipping containers
to create 16 beautiful 480-square-foot living spaces. The project takes a new approach to homelessness by first providing veterans and low-income families with a stable home, and then offering support services to help them re-enter the workforce and better manage their future wellbeing.

Bungee trampoline at Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons -Professional BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show. Photo Credit: Kenny Goldberg Photography

BBQ grand champion Loot N' Booty BBQ, from Scottsdale, Ariz. led by pit master, Sterling Smith. Photo Credit: Kenny Goldberg Photography

Panoramic view of Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons -Professional BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Pato Banton and The Now Generation perform live at Reggae4Relief. Photo Credit: AJS Photography

Yanica, American Famiy Housing volunteer and Amanada, American Family Housing clinician. Photo Credit: Kenny Goldberg Photography

"Our BBQ fundraising event was a rousing success, and we appreciate the efforts of all the professional barbecue teams, our amazing sponsors, our fabulous volunteers and the more than 5,000 attendees who participated in the event," said Donna Gallup, American Family Housing president and CEO. "It was a fun weekend full of great food and music that brought awareness to the pressing need for innovative solutions to address Southern California's very real problem with homelessness."

Thirty-five professional BBQ teams participated in the barbecue competition by entering their best meals into four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. Places were awarded for each category, and the grand champion was Loot N' Booty BBQ, a team from Scottsdale, Ariz. led by pit master, Sterling Smith. The reserve champion and third and fourth place finishers were as follows:

  • Lady of Q - Reserve Champion
  • Blaze's BBQ - Third Place
  • Big Poppa Smokers - Fourth Place

The event also featured an all-day reggae music festival on Saturday featuring some of the most noted reggae bands in Southern California including Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, CAL1FA and Special Blend. Friday evening included music from country music bands, and on Sunday guests were treated to classic rock favorites and a vintage car show.

Sponsors of the event included: Wells Fargo, Navco, Pacific Premier Bank, Rainbow Environmental Services, Republic Services, Hub International, U.S. Bank, Southwest Toyota Lift, G&M Oil Co., Janus Network, Buyers Access, HW Senior Living, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Don Wood Auctions and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

For more information about the event, or to directly support American Family Housing, visit

ABOUT AMERICAN FAMILY HOUSING: Founded in 1985, American Family Housing (AFH) is a nonprofit organization that provides a continuum of housing and a broad spectrum of services to vulnerable populations facing barriers to achieving housing stability, including war veterans and adults with disabilities and mental illness. Operating 63 housing sites, with 283 units that serve more than 1,300 adults and children each year in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, AFH is committed to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, helping low-income families and adults achieve a self-sustaining way of life and become active members of their communities. Follow American Family Housing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and visit for more information.

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Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.