Tickets for Barley, BBQ & Beats On Sale Now to Support Hospice of Michigan

Fundraiser Comes to Cadillac for the First Time in 2019; Detroit, Grand Rapids Also Hosting May Events to Benefit the Nonprofit

CADILLAC, Mich. (March 8, 2019) – Barley, BBQ & Beats, the popular statewide fundraiser for Hospice of Michigan, is coming to Cadillac for the first time this spring following successful benefits in Grand Rapids and Detroit. The event, which features some of Michigan’s most well-known whiskies, barbecue food and music, will be held at The Wex on Friday, May 17 from 5 until 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 in advance at Admission increases to $45 at the door on the day of the fundraiser.

Ticket holders will receive tokens for three servings of barbecue delicacies and three hand-crafted cocktails. Additional tokens will also be available on-site for $5 each. Michelle Dunaway, anchor for 9&10 News, will be the event emcee.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies distilled in Michigan from:

Among the Michigan pit masters and restaurants providing BBQ tastings:

The beats will be brought by some of northern Michigan’s own, including:

“Hospice of Michigan is so excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to beautiful Northern Michigan for the first time,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “With the recent success of these fundraisers in Grand Rapids and Detroit, we just knew that Cadillac was next on the list for this event. We’re sure everyone who comes to The Wex will be treated to some of the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music, all to benefit the families Hospice of Michigan serves here in Northern Michigan.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Barley, BBQ & Beats has grown every year since 2016, when the inaugural event was held in Grand Rapids. Because of its popularity, the fundraiser has spread statewide, with 2019 dates set for:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. in Grand Rapids
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Eastern Market (Shed 3) in Detroit

For more information about attending or sponsoring the Cadillac Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser, please visit or contact Michelle Gallagher at or 231.527.0927.

Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include: 9 & 10 News, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, Franco, Shamrock Companies, Capture The Dream Photography, Jordan Balkema Elder Law Center, Ritzema Family Dental, PC, Curry House Assisted Living & Memory Care, Maple Ridge Living Center, Rexair, Samaritas, Primo’s BBQ and The Q Smokehouse.

Event vendors and sponsors are continually being added. For the most recent list, please visit

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.