In 2012, Jim and Gayla Smith hosted a BBQ in their backyard to raise money for Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home Program. The Foundation builds specially adapted, custom designed smart homes to help restore independence and improve the quality of life for our nation’s most catastrophically injured service members.

That first year, Jim and Gayla asked for a $20 donation and raised $2000. The BBQ has continued to grow, and has become a highly anticipated annual event at the CD & ME Special Events venue in Frankfort, IL. To date, the Midwest BBQ for the Brave has donated about $600,000 to the Smart Home Program.

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