The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department won first and second place in two categories at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department annual Summer Showdown BBQ Competition.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hosted their annual Summer Showdown BBQ Competition on Saturday the at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic.
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There were nine teams participating in the BBQ competition and all proceeds from the event were donated to the “999 for kids” Charity. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station team was led by Sergeant Sammy Soehnel and Sergeant Tim Vander Leek.
The Santa Clarita team took first place in the pulled pork category and second place in the BBQ chicken category. The event also featured Sheriff’s Department displays, pony rides, games and a rock climbing wall.
The charity was established in 1986 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Family Services.
The program’s mission is to provide equipment as well as activities to abused and/or severely handicapped children who have been placed into the care of the Specialized Placement Unit of the DCFS.
“These children have become a part of the ‘system’ through no fault of their own. They are victims of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Roosevelt Johnson, the “999 for kids” program chair. “We hope to help them forget about the abuse and neglect.”
Through generous donations, “999 for Kids” provides a better quality of life for abused and/or severely handicapped children. Requests are processed and approved to provide wheelchairs, special equipment, computers and scholarships to children in the program.
“There are more than 1,000 children in this program. The children are in need, and it is an honor to assist them in any way we can,” said Johnson.
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Source: Santa Clarita News