Gulf Coast State College was smoking Saturday afternoon literally. Well, not the school, but the nearly three dozen grill masters in the 6th annual "Grills Gone Wild" fundraiser. The Rotary Club of Panama City Beach kicked off Grills Gone Wild Saturday morning with a 5-K run. Serious BBQ cooks were on site Friday evening seasoning their meats and firing up the grills for the big event that gives back to the community in a big way.
Thirty five vendors were grilling on site with eleven vendors competing in grilling competitions. Pride was on the line for grilling rivals and also $2,500 for winners. But the real Winners were those who purchased a $10 ticket to partake in all you can eat BBQ from the various vendors. Last year the event raised $42,000 and this year the Rotary Club is looking to surpass $50,000.
Proceeds are distributed between these 19 charities and organizations
Anchorage Children's Home
Arnold High School Interact Club
Beach Care Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Florida
Boys & Girls Club of Bay Count
Children's Home Society of Florida
Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Gulf Coast State College- Kids College & Athletic Foundation
House of Grace
Miracle League Rotary Youth Camp
New Horizons Learning Center
Panama City Rescue Mission
Rotary International- Polio Plus
Scottish Rite- Speech Therapy
Sponsors of Hope
St. Andrew's Medical Center
Proceeds will be distributed the week before Christmas. According to event founder Alan Graham he is already looking forward to an even bigger 7th Annual Grills Gone Wild!