Tim Iversen will once again be providing the music for this year’s annual BBQ & Flues Fundraiser for the Little Falls Community Outreach.

by Dave Warner

The annual BBQ & Blues Fundraiser for the Little Falls Community Outreach will be held in Burke Park from noon until 3 pm on Sunday, October 6th.

Tamara Razzano, Executive Director of Little Falls Community Outreach said, “We began this fundraiser as a way to not only support the financial needs of the Outreach but also to increase awareness in our community about our programs and provide a fun, community event for all.”

There will be a bounce house and obstacle course, music, food, raffles, and this year, grand prize items donated by Frank Wilcox and Karlee Dunn.

There is no admission, but the pulled pork or chicken dinner is $10/person and raffle tickets can be purchased at 20 for $5.00. The grand prizes are $10/ticket and only 100 tickets will be sold.

“BBQ & Blues are staples of American culture – we thought that warm pulled pork and chicken on a beautiful October day with great, soulful music sounded idyllic,” said Razzano.

Since the inception of BBQ & Blues, Tim Iversen has provided the music. “He is an amazingly talented pianist who has worked with many great blues and jazz musicians over his 36 years of professional playing. Each year, he assembles a group of his equally talented friends and never disappoints. This year, his group is the Old Masters Jazz Ensemble,” she stated.

Over the last three years, the Outreach has grown to provide 12 programs in the community serving over 4,300 people per year and they have done so without increasing their funding.

Photo by Dave Warner – Matt and Laura Powers head into Burke Park during last year’s BBQ & Blues fundraiser as the band plays in the background.

Razzano said, “This isn’t a tenable situation and we hope that by having a fundraiser, we are able to increase our funding as well as connect with those who might be able to help with more sustainable funding options. We do write and apply for any grants we can find. All money raised is used for our programs which include Senior Lunch and Learn, Food Backpack Program, Banana Splits, Grief Group, Rainbow Club, and the Personal Care Pantry to name a few.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the community for their support and encouragement. Building relationships is what matters to us to ensure that all in our community are loved and cared for and spending the afternoon, as we have done the past three years, sitting outside talking, laughing, and enjoying one another’s company is a gift for us and, we hope, our community. We look forward to spending time with everyone on Sunday from noon to 3 pm at Burke Park,” she said.

According to Razzano, this fundraiser would not be possible without support from their generous sponsors. First Presbyterian Church, Little Falls; Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center; Burrows Foundation; Geraty Pools & Spas; Little Falls YMCA; The Cafe at Stone Mill; Al & Judy McDowell; and Alan & Linda Vincent.

To purchase tickets, please contact the Little Falls Community Outreach at 315.823.1409 or visit them at 16 Jackson Street, between 8:30 am and 1 pm.