Cookin for Kids event grills for a good cause

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Grills were everywhere at the 25th annual Cookin for Kids BBQ and Wild Game Cook-Off this afternoon.

Some chefs, like the group from Bad Boy Grilling, have been coming for years.

"This'll be our fourth year," says team member Chantel Holt.

Others like Brian Copeland are new to the event.

"This is actually our first time," Copeland says with a laugh.

But all of the chefs are here for one reason: to support Child Enrichment Incorporated.

"You know it really is all about the kids and the charity and giving back to the community," says Copeland.

"We do it for the kids. It's a good time, it's a lot of work but it's a good charity and so we're happy to be here every year," Holt says.

Child Enrichment provides services to abused and neglected children in the CSRA. Director of the program Dan Hillman explained that the money raised today directly benefits the foundation.

"All proceeds pay for therapy, finding safe and permanent homes for abused kids, and court advocacy," Hillman says.

There were inflatable obstacle courses and wildlife shows for the kids, and of course there was plenty of great food to try.

Each booth has a specialty item they were proud to show off to the crowds.

"We did Boston butts, we smoked them for about 12 hours on our big green egg cooker and then we're also doing shrimp etouffee," says Copeland.

And the crew from Bad Boy Grilling said this year it was their deer tenderloin they were featuring.

When asked if they'll come back again next year, all the contestants had the same response.

"Oh yeah, we'll definitely be here next year," says Copeland.

"Absolutely if they'll have us," Holt and her team say with a laugh.

To donate to Child Enrichment visit their website or Facebook page to find out how you can help.

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