James House provides support, advocacy, and education for people affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking in the Greater Tri-Cities Region
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The James House partnered with Colonial Harley-Davidson on their Fall Open House, hosting the first Hogs for the House Benefit Cook Off Competition on Saturday, September 23.
Eight teams of local amateur and professional grillers and outdoor cooking enthusiasts grilled out their best recipes and competed to win the Judge’s Choice Award or the People’s Choice Award. Attendees had the option of purchasing tasting tickets that allowed them to vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award.
The family-friendly event featured live music, a 50/50 raffle, motorcycle service vendors, raffle prizes and a silent auction.
Proceeds from the event went to benefit the James House, a local nonprofit agency that provides support, advocacy and education for people affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking in the greater Tri-Cities region. Services are available to residents of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Fort Lee, as well as the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry, Sussex and Chesterfield.
“We are fortunate to assist around 1,600 clients per year with our services,” said James House Marketing and Funding Officer Anna Cahoon. “Events like this increase public awareness and really help us reach more victims in need of assistance.”
Staff of both the James House and Colonial Harley-Davidson were ecstatic about the event’s attendance.
“It’s awesome to see such a large and diverse group of people here supporting a great cause,” said Colonial Harley-Davidson general manager Mark Strassel. “Both bikers and non-bikers are here interested in supporting the event. The barbecue is even running out!”
Attendees enjoyed live entertainment from Southbound and Anderson Highway as they ate and browsed motorcycle gear.
“Domestic abuse is such a huge and important issue,” said Anderson Highway Lead Singer Angel Nichols. “We are thrilled to be a part of something that raises money and awareness for a great cause.”
The People’s Choice Award winner was Midnight BBQ, and the Judges’ Choice Award winner was Firehouse BBQ. The judges decided to also award Midnight BBQ for their brisket.
James House strives to empower victims of abuse and stalking by helping them become healthy, safe and self-sufficient. All of their services are trauma-informed, cost-free, confidential and available in both English and Spanish.
The James House 24-hour crisis line is 458-2840. For more information, call the main office at 458-2704, visit www.thejameshouse.org or email [email protected] .
• Kelsey Reichenbach may be reached at [email protected] or 722-5167.