We’re just a couple days away from our Celebration of Meat + Music! This Saturday, Nov. 23, noon – 6 p.m., we want you to join us at Mission County Park for GrillsGiving, an unforgettable family-friendly event for a good cause.
Every year, just before we all gather with our loved ones for Thanksgiving, we come together as a CPS Energy family for GrillsGiving. The event gives us a chance to give back to the community we love and are thankful to serve each day 24/7, 365. GrillsGiving combines savory BBQ, great entertainment and family fun to fundraise for the Residential Energy Assistance Partnership (REAP). The REAP fund was created to help struggling families in San Antonio and Bexar County with their energy bill. On average, one in five families in Bexar County struggle to pay energy bills. That statistic can often increase because of changes in weather during the extreme summer and winter months which leads to more energy use.
In the nearly 20 years since this partnership began, we’ve given over $1 million to the REAP fund. In 2018 alone, GrillsGiving raised over $32,000 for REAP. This year, we are hoping to raise even more.
Watch this video to hear Customer Yolanda Rodriguez’s story of how REAP has supported her through hardship:
Come watch more than 30 CPS Energy and community grill teams vie for top honors in chicken, ribs and brisket categories by a panel of expert judges. Attendees cast their votes for the Best Side Dish and Best All-Around Team categories. Michael Ramirez, a warehouseman at our Southwest Storeroom, enjoys competing each year with his team, Big Dog BBQ. Last year, they took home 3rd place for brisket.
“We love to BBQ like most CPS Energy employees,” said Michael. “It’s a great way to showcase our talents as well as having bragging rights for a year. Plus, our friends and family get to join in the fun.”
GrillsGiving is a music festival and BBQ cook-off with kids’ activities along the banks of the Mission Reach. GrillsGiving will feature live performances from Micky and the Motorcars, Smoke Wagon, and Volcán.
Here’s this year’s sizzling music line-up:
12 – 1:30pm – Smoke Wagon Band
2 – 3:30pm – Volcán
4 – 5:30pm – Micky and the Motorcars
Don’t wait to get tickets at the gate! Come join our CPS Energy family for GrillsGiving. Click here to get tickets starting at $10, including onsite parking. If you’re active duty or retired military, you can enjoy free general admission (with valid ID).