The not-for-profit’s signature fundraiser features the best food, drinks and music Michigan has to offer; proceeds support access to not-for-profit hospice
Barley, BBQ & Beats is the not-for-profit’s signature fundraising event featuring hand-crafted cocktails from local distilleries, mouth-watering barbecue courtesy of local pit masters and restaurants, and live musical performances – all to support access to not-for-profit hospice. The fundraiser has grown every year since its inaugural event in Grand Rapids in 2016. Expanding to Detroit in 2018 and Cadillac in 2019, its popularity led Hospice of Michigan to bring this popular event to more communities across the state, including 2023 dates set for:
- Detroit – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Saint Andrew’s Hall
- Grand Rapids – 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
- Cadillac – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at The Wex
- Ann Arbor – 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 21 at The Valley
- Traverse City – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at Cathedral Barn
- Alpena – 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at The Depot
Tickets for all Barley, BBQ & Beats events are on sale now, and can be purchased for $50 in advance at hom.org/bbb or at the door of each event for $75. Ticket holders will be provided tokens at check-in valid for three servings of BBQ and three hand-crafted cocktails. Extra tokens will be available for purchase. Alternative samplings will be available if guests have sensitivities to barbecue foods.
Exclusive to the Grand Rapids event is a special appearance by two-time GRAMMY Award nominated, multiple ACM and CMA Award Winning multiplatinum vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini. Visit hom.org/bbb for tickets and special ticket packages that include a ticket to Barley, BBQ & Beats and a ticket to the Kenny Chesney: I Go Back Tour with Kelsea Ballerini at Van Andel Arena. Special ticket packages start at $186.
All those who donate during the events will have the opportunity to double their generosity thanks to the Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation. The “Make it a Double” Matching Gift will match all donations up to $250,000. Proceeds from Barley, BBQ & Beats support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which helps ensure end-of-life care to all, regardless of age, diagnosis or financial circumstances.
“For the first time ever, our signature Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser is coming to Alpena, and what better way to thank this community for their continued support than by hosting an event with the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music,” said Melissa McDonald-Reed, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “Over the years, it’s been truly rewarding to witness so many Michiganders come together to pay tribute to a lost loved one whilst enjoying local food, drinks and entertainment all in an effort to further Hospice of Michigan’s mission in making quality end-of-life care accessible for anyone who needs it.”
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.
Statewide Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include Applied Innovation, CareLinc Medical Equipment, Fifth Third Bank, Hansen/Balk Steel Treating Company, Miller Welding Supply & Industrial Gases and Pioneer Construction.