Smokin' In The Square

BBQ for Charity

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide fraternal organization of Catholic Gentlemen established in the 1800's for the purpose of supporting widows and orphans. Today, our mission is Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

The Navarre Council 13227 was established in 2004 and its members all dedicate to our goals. We raise funds through many activities and proceeds are donated to local charities.

The idea of a competitive BBQ was started in 2008 with a Backyard competition held on the festival grounds of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. It was a one day event and attracted 13 competitors. It was a new experience as a fund raiser but proceeds were small. In 2010, Smokin-in-the-Square was born and included professional teams and backyarders. Each year, this event has grown to where it is today with an average of 50 pro teams and 25 backyard teams. Each year, proceeds have increased from $4,000.00 given to charity in 2010 to $24,000.00 given to charity in 2015 with total charitable donations raised by this event exceeding $50,000.00. Our chairman and organizer, Ivan Delabruere, spends countless hours working with our core team planning each year’s event. Without the support of our members and our local sponsors, this would not be such a success. Our goal is bring this event to the level of raising $50,000.00 for charity by our 10th year, 2019.

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