Valero Ardmore Refinery prepares for 5th annual BBQ Showdown

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)- "Last year we raised 70 thousand dollars and our goal this year is to raise 80 thousand," Supply Chain Manager for Valero Ardmore Refinery Gino Silvas said.

All that money the Ardmore Refinery raises through the showdown goes directly to the United Way of South Central Oklahoma.

"We support 37 partner agencies that in turn support and help thousands and thousands of people in Marshall, Murray, Johnston, Carter and Love counties," Executive Director Tobi Ervin said.

One of those agencies is the Hilltop Equine Therapy Center - a nonprofit that helps adults and children with specific needs through therapeutic horses and animals.

"Years ago I taught a college program and I had the opportunity to work with some special needs children and this is my retirement," Founder Dan Corr said.

Founder and Director Dan Corr says for four years cowboys like Jeff Bart have been given the opportunity to work with the animals on the ranch from riding them to learning how to take care of them.

"I love riding horses," Bart said.

Corr says the money from these fundraisers goes toward keeping the animals fed and buying new equipment like the lift used by those who need assistance getting on a horse.

"Thank you," Bart said.

The fun kicks off Friday Night in Downtown Ardmore at 6 with live entertainment and 28 different teams cooking up Cajun food.

Saturday morning at 11 the barbecue showdown starts where 37 teams will be competing.

For ten bucks, you can buy a wristband that's good for one day, to enjoy the food.

"That 10 dollar meal is actually truthfully helping thousands of people," Ervin said.

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