Come, join us as we honor a late friend and celebrate the things he loved the most, BBQ and helping local youth. The 2nd annual Mike Rowley Memorial BBQ Festival will be held July 21st through the 22nd at Cox Bros. BBQ on McCall Road in Manhattan. The contestants will try their hand at a competition and the rest of us can enjoy music, a festival and the fruits of their labor. 


Event timeline:
Friday6pm - 8pm.  Live music with Lucas Maddy and the Kansas Cartel
Saturday12pm - 2pm.  BBQ judging, Q-Country Radio Remote and The Love Handles
Saturday2pm - 4pm.  Live music, BBQ tasting, festival activities and more!

And try your hand at the raffle to win some fantastic items. Raffle Items currently include a Pellet Smoker and more!

Special thanks are in order for our dear friends at Cox Bros. for the production of this memorial BBQ festival benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan. Additional thanks to our event sponsors:

Prime Sponsors: Briggs, E & K of Omaha, Q Country 103.5

Choice Sponsors: Meritrust Credit Union, Rock A Belly Deli, Wildcat Tree, Backyard Kitchen, US Foods

Select Sponsors: Redi Systems, Langton Insurance, Timepiece Real Estate, Blueville Nuresery, Tallgrass Brewery, Pepsi, Flint Hills Beverage, GTM Sportswear, K-State Super Store, Thermal Comfort Air, All-Pro Cleaning


Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we rely on the generous support from community members like you.  There are a variety of ways you can support the youth of Manhattan…

MONETARY GIFTS - If you would like to make a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan, please call (785) 539-1947 or send your gift to 220 S. 5th Street, Manhattan, KS 66502. You can also make a secure and convenient gift online here. All gifts will be formally acknowledged.


VOLUNTEERING - If you are interested in volunteering at one of our Club sites, please email kellyc@bgclubmanhattan.com.  Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to share?  Let us know!  NOTE: All volunteers are subject to a background criminal check.


DONATIONS IN-KIND - We are always in need of people who can help fix or repair items in our clubhouses. If you are skilled in areas like general maintenance, plumbing, carpentry, auto repair, etc., and would be willing to assist us when the need arises please contact Junnae Campbell at (785) 539-1947.


SPONSOR-A-PROGRAM - Would you like to restrict your monetary gift for a specific program that you are passionate about supporting? For more information about specific programs, visit the “What We Do” section of our website. Learn more about our Clubs contacting our main office for a personal tour. We'd love to show you around!


TRIBUTE GIFTS - A Tribute donation is a gift that is given in honor of a loved one, either as a memorial or in honor of some special event. For example, you may wish to donate in your parents' names to honor their 50th wedding anniversary.  Or, you may wish to contribute in the memory of a loved one who has passed away. Upon receipt of your gift, a special Tribute notice will be sent to the one being honored to acknowledge your gift. For Tributes given as memorials, the notice will be sent to the family of the one being remembered. These options are available on our online giving form


PLANNED GIVING - Planned gifts are long-range contributions that will insure the longevity of our organization. This contribution includes gifts of securities or properties that can be designated for annual program operations or restricted to the endowment fund. Bequests allow individuals to remember our Boys & Girls Clubs in a will or estate plan. Consult with your financial planner or attorney on how you can make a planned gift. Click here for more information about planned giving and the many benefits available to you.

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