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August 12th - Vet's Park - 11th Annual Nathan Weidner Chicken BBQ

To Benefit Delta College Scholarships & Foundation Advocacy Center

August 2, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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Kate Gembrowski will perform at the Weidner Chicken BBQ on Sunday, August 12

The 11th annual Nathan Weidner Foundation Chicken BBQ will be held Sunday, August 12th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Park Pavilion on Bay City's West Side.

There will be door prizes, hourly drawings, music, entertainment, BINGO, clowns, a dunk tank, a cake walk, and supervised children's play area. Stables Michigan Challenge (IDOL) Finalist, Kate Gembrowski will perform at the Weidner BBQ on Sunday afternoon. Admission is: Adults $8.00 Children 6 and under Free.

Fundraising supports a scholarship program at Delta College and also the Nathan Weidner Child Advocacy Center for youth in Bay County.

According to Mary Garcia, Public Relations Director for The Nathan Weidner Foundation Chicken BBQ, as of this year, around 85 scholarships to Delta College have been funded by the group's efforts. Garcia said that over $175,000 in full 2-year scholarships to Delta College have been distributed.

The Chicken Barbecue is held each year in memory of Nathan Weidner, who passed away in September 1994 (age 15) as the result of a tragic accident here in Bay City.

"Between fifteen hundred to around two thousand people attend the BBQ each year," Garcia said.

Weidner is remembered as a young man whose nature was to assist those friends he felt were in need by bringing them home for a meal, or giving his old bike away to a friend when Nathan received a new bike. That was typical of his personality and behavior, according to Garcia.

Garcia went on to explain that Memorials were first given at his funeral (he was 15 when died) in his memory for use as the family wished. After much thought, it was decided to begin a foundation that assisted neglected and needy youth in Bay County.

"The scholarship program began first. Then the chicken BBQ was developed to involve the community in the fundraiser," Garcia explained.

The Foundation's long-term goal is to establish a permanent home for the many abused or neglected children or young adults that exist in Bay County and are in need of such a home.

"That's been our goal since before the BBQ began 11 years ago," Garcia said.

"I think that Nathan would be proud of the on-going efforts to help the youth of Bay County," Garcia said.

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