The scent of barbecue is in the air. Barbecue teams have been tweaking their recipes and perfecting their technique to get ready for Williams’ second annual Barbecue Cook Off on Sept. 13, at the Nicholson Carnival Grounds in Wyoming County — with every dollar raised matched by Williams.
Jerry Dugas of Cabot will be back to defend his Grand Champion title, “I’ve refined my recipe since last year and I’m ready to take on all comers,” Jerry says. “We appreciate Williams hosting the Barbecue Cook Off. It’s a great opportunity to eat barbecue and an even better opportunity to help raise money for the community,” he adds.
If tasting is your barbecue talent, gather up four of your friends to form a Judge team and help select the winner. Or, just buy a People’s Choice ticket and vote by donating dollars to your favorite team’s People’s Choice bucket.
The results of the judging will be tallied and announced that evening. The first place winner in each category will receive a wall plaque and most importantly: bragging rights! The Grand Champion will be the custodian for one year of the coveted NEPA BBQ Cup.
Last year Williams’ Barbecue Cook-Off raised $40,000 to benefit thousands of neighbors served by United Way agencies in Susquehanna County, Wyoming County, Wyoming Valley and Broome County, N.Y., will benefit again.
Whether you plan to cook or to judge the barbecue, click here to find out more about the event, read the cook-off rules, and learn how and where to buy tickets and to register your BBQ team and Judge team.
Williams employee Daryl (left) presents a check to Bill Lucas, vice president of Development, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.
Williams and Junior Achievement are working together to identify schools in Fayette County, Pennsylvania and Marshall County, West Virginia, where students will take part in the new ‘Careers in Energy’ program.
The ‘Careers in Energy’ curriculum informs students in seventh, eighth and ninth grade about career and economic opportunities within the natural gas industry.
We donated $20,000 to support Junior Achievement’s efforts. Folks from our southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia operations are also looking forward to going into the schools to share the materials with students.
Junior Achievement, in conjunction with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, developed the ‘Careers in Energy’ curriculum.
Effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt in the Northeast and Williams is supporting our employees, friends and neighbors with grants to organizations on the front lines of relief efforts.
Some of our pipeline facilities in New Jersey flooded. Our folks – many of whom had home storm damage themselves – worked continuously to get operations back online. For Williams employees who were initially impacted, gift cards were provided by the company to help with immediate personal needs.
Additionally, Williams matches employees’ charitable contributions for relief efforts, dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.
Four local organizations have been identified for initial grant support:
Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. This fire station – located closest to our planned pipeline and compressor station in lower Brooklyn – was totally destroyed by the superstorm.
Rockaway Youth Task Force. This grassroots group empowers inner-city youth to volunteer and make a difference in their community. Its clients continue to provide boot-on-the-ground relief efforts in the severely-damaged area of south Brooklyn.
Stephen Siller Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund. Named for a deceased New York City firefighter whose bravery on 9-11 inspired many, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has spearheaded relief efforts on Staten Island, one of the hardest hit areas of the natural disaster.
American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. This chapter of the American Red Cross is directing relief efforts in some of the region’s most highly impacted areas, including neighborhoods where impacted Williams employees live and where Williams’ flooded facilities are located.
We encourage others to make personal contributions using the links above. In addition, National Red Cross Disaster Relief has established a donation page for Hurricane Sandy at http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.