Sold out crowd shows up in Roeland Park for R Park benefit event: BBQ & Bluegrass

The food line was hustling Saturday night at BBQ and Bluegrass.
The food line was hustling Saturday night at BBQ and Bluegrass. Serving were (L-R) Kevin Yarber, kitchen manager, RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack; Tom Hyde and Sarah Coe, Citizens Fundraising Initiative for R Park.

Roeland Park residents turned out in droves Saturday night to support the latest R Park fundraiser. A sold out crowd spilled into overflow rooms at the Roeland Park Community Center for BBQ & Bluegrass.

It was the second major fundraising social event for a citizens committee that is helping the city with funding to make improvements at the park. Earlier fundraising had generated enough money to construct a walking trail through the park with the help of matching foundation grant funds.

Saturday night’s proceeds will be placed towards adding more amenities to the park with park benches being first up on the list. Besides barbecue catered by RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission and bluegrass from the Miner’s Bluff Band, dozens of businesses jumped in with items of the R Park Marketplace which sold everything BBQ.

The fundraising initiative plans to raise money for a number of improvements to the park beyond just the benches.

Gretchen Davis, one of the event organizers, said tickets were sold out before Saturday night.

Dozens of items were for sale - albeit all BBQ related - in the R Park Marketplace Saturday.
Dozens of items were for sale – albeit all BBQ related – in the R Park Marketplace Saturday.