Two years ago, Slick's Big Time BBQ owners Dan and Barbi Slick catered a golf tournament and fundraiser to benefit Living Water International, a nonprofit organization that drills wells for communities in third-world countries across Africa, Central and South America.
Upon learning about Living Water's mission to bring clean, sustainable water to communities in crisis all over the globe, the Wilsonville couple decided to donate all the catering for the tournament free of charge.
In 2017, the Slicks were so struck by the life-changing work Living Water does that they decided to host their own fundraiser at their restaurant to create an annual event benefiting their mission. They raised $5,537, just a few bucks more than what it takes for Living Water to complete one of their wells.
This year, Dan and Barbi are doubling down by aiming to raise $11,000 — enough to build two wells — when they
host their second annual fundraiser.
"We've been super blessed having a business in Wilsonville, and we just knew we needed to give something back," Dan said. "We take freshwater for granted, and the work Living Water does is not only life changing, it makes a lasting impact by providing sanitation and access to seeds to start crops."
A free shuttle will bus members of the Grace Chapel over to Slick's BBQ following the culmination of its services at 10:30 a.m. and noon, so Dan suggests Wilsonville residents come in after 2 p.m. to dig into some great barbecue for a good cause.
Dan said he's excited not only to be benefitting a great charity organization, but also for providing a conduit for local residents to rally behind a group whose mission is to improve the lives of people far and wide, no matter if you've met them.
Living Water was founded in Houston, Texas in 1990 as a faith-based nonprofit organization. At least 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to the group's research, and to date, Living Water has completed more than 18,000 water projects in countries like Kenya, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Tanzania and many more.
"All that we have is given to us, and we need to share it and give it back," Dan said. "We're here for a short time, so the more we can do to help, the better."
If you go
WHAT: Living Water benefit
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Slick's BBQ, 9425 S.W. Commerce Circle
All this week, Slick's BBQ will be selling raffle tickets to be drawn at the event. Prizes include a new Grizzly Grill courtesy of Grizzly Grillz in Canby, a Yeti Coolers bag filled with $500 worth of merchandise, a gift bag from Slick's BBQ and more. Tickets are $20 each or two for $25. All proceeds go to benefit Living Water International.
If Dan and Barbi hit their goal of $11,000, that money will go toward building two new wells in Honduras, according to Dan.
For more information on Living Water visit https://water.cc. Donations toward the Slick's fundraiser can be made directly at https://www.water.cc/slick'sbbq.