Launches Spirit of BBQ: Giving Tuesday edition to help local non-profits grow 

From Sonny’s BBQ

The holiday season is approaching and Sonny’s BBQ is getting into the spirit with Spirit of BBQ: Giving Tuesday Edition. Continuing its mission of lending a helping hand to others, Sonny’s is donating $10,000 and is calling on its fans and followers to nominate and vote for what charities they are passionate about and think to deserve the donation.

People are encouraged to nominate the charities they think are the most deserving starting on Nov. 12 via this link. Five charities will be selected from the nominations to be in the running for the $10,000 donation. Fans will cast their votes for who they believe the donation should go to, and the charity with the most votes will win $10,000. Each runner-up charity will receive a $500 donation.

Contest Timeline:

Nov. 12-19: Nomination Round – Fans can nominate the charities they would like to see receive the $10,000 donation.

Nov. 19-22: Review and Selection – Sonny’s will review the nominations and select five charities to move into the voting round. The selections will be based on the criteria below.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 2: Voting Round – Fans will cast their votes via Sonny’s BBQ Facebook page from the five selected charities.

Dec. 3: Winner Selection and Announcement – Sonny’s BBQ will announce the winner of the $10,000 donation.

Spirit of BBQ: Giving Tuesday Edition Contest Criteria:

Nonprofits must meet the following qualifications:

  • Local and community-centric: Must be located and/or provide support within Sonny’s BBQ footprint (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi,  and Alabama)
  • Registered 501(c)(3) with active status
  • Aligns with the values at Sonny’s BBQ: be passionate, do cool stuff and have the most fun, be trustworthy, and put others first

In 1968, Sonny’s BBQ was founded by Sonny Tillman and his wife, Lucille, in Gainesville, Florida. For 50 years, local pitmasters at Sonny’s BBQ have served barbecue slathered in Southern Hospitality to barbecue enthusiasts and families through its locally-owned and operated locations spanning the Southeast in eight states. The restaurant has been celebrated for community giving, its signature pulled pork and ribs and recognized as the “Best Barbecue Chain in America” by The Daily Meal. 


  1. Id like to nominate Cats in Knead. They are a great bunch of people with Caring Hearts that help to trap, neuter and release feral cats all around. They help people trap sick and injured cats and get them help, they adopt out the ones that can be adopted.

  2. I would like to nominate Candy’s Cats because it is an incredible nonprofit making a difference in Apopka and Central FL communities each and every day.

  3. I would like to nominate Rescuing Animals in Need. We adopted our dog Bibi from them 12 years ago and the still remember us. They like to stay in contact with their adopted fur children and enjoy seeing how wonderful their lives have become. I will only adopt from them and their rescue foster Leslie Yates. R.A.I.N. is the greatest and really love their adoption pets!

  4. I would like to nominate In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven a sanctuary in Apopka dedicated to caring for wolf dogs, domestic dogs, cats and a few tortoises. The $10,000 would certainly help to continue the great work done at In Harmony

  5. I nominate In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven. They rescue Wolfdogs, a very misunderstood animal. They are also a sanctuary for domestic dogs, cats, tortoises, and even a pig. They are run completely by dedicated volunteers, and continue their good work through much needed donations.

  6. I nominate Lil Rascals Dog Rescue they are wonderful they help all the dogs they can to find their forever home they are the best I know they’ve helped a lot of babies needing wonderful homes

  7. I would like to nominate Candy’s Cats. They do amazing work saving local cats that are considered unadoptable, like my sweet Tommy, who was a feral cat rescued by CCI when he contracted FIV. He was an older, black, FIV+ cat. Any SPCA would have euthanized him, but CCI fostered him until my family adopted him.

  8. I would like to nominate Amazing Animals Inc for the $10,000 donation. They due amazing work promoting conservation awareness, especially with our younger generation. The care their animals receive is astonishing. They are happy, healthy animals.

  9. I would like to nominate In Harmony With Nature! We’re dedicated to the education on nature conservation and living in a world that is respectful of the wildlife and even the pets we care for in our own homes!

  10. I nominate Back to Nature Wildlife, Inc. They have been rescuing, raising & releasing FL native wildlife and occassionally exotic wildlife since the 1980’s and they are a 501.c3 charity with mostly volunteers and survive through the generosity of the community they are a part of.

  11. I nominate Amazing Abimaks Inc. The care and genuine love for the animals is plain to see and the depth of conservation knowledge us second to none.

  12. I nominate K9 Helping Heroes, Inc for the $10,000. This organization offers crisis response therapy dog visits to our first responders after critical incidents, as well as for wellness visits.

  13. I nominate Witts End Farm Equine Rescue and Rehab Center For all the hard work , blood, blood sweat and tears they put into every rescue!


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