The Permian Basin Association of Directional Drilling’s (PBADD) annual BASIN BURNOUT BBQ Cook-off & Music Festival is a fundraising event that allows a part of the oil and gas industry to give back to the Permian Basin community as well as raise money and awareness for U.S. military veterans. Over 30 BBQ cooking teams (primarily of oilfield related service companies along with public and private energy firms), compete in an unsanctioned BBQ cooking competition. All teams compete in multiple categories (brisket, steak, ribs, chicken, etc.) for a chance to call themselves the best in the Basin and take home the coveted Championship belt. This spirited competition also includes a “Fan Favorite” award voted on by close to 2,000 attendees.
The Basin Burnout’s main purpose is to honor our military heroes for their sacrifice. In 2022, the Basin Burnout and Stars and Stripes Soiree raised $65,000 for local and national veteran-based charities.
In 2023, the PBADD, through the Basin Burnout, raised over $200,000 for local and national veteran-based charities and we anticipate 2024 to surpass this number!
The 2024 Basin Burnout will be held at a new venue, the Centennial Park. This “must visit” landmark of Midland and West Texas provides a premier green space and gathering place in downtown. The Burnout continues to focus on providing something for all; kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, and Permian’s best amateur BBQ and plenty of opportunities to network for all out sponsors and cooking teams.
We were honored to partner with two amazing veteran charities for 2023. Boot Campaign and Reel Thanx were the dual beneficiaries of the proceeds raised from this two-day event.
Boot Campaign’s mission is to unite Americans to honor and restore the lives of veterans and military families through individualized, life-improving programs. #LaceUpAMERICA
Boot Campaign is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and was selected as one of 26 national veteran and military service nonprofits that meet the 20 stringent standards. They continue a years-long Platinum rating from GuideStar, have been named one of the nation’s Great Nonprofits, and received a 100% rating from Charity Navigator. On average, their ratio of dollars raised to dollars given back directly to military families is 87 cents on the dollar.
Reel Thanx was founded in 2007 when founder Mike Mundy was inspired to take a soldier fishing after reading a similar ad on texasfishingforum.com. Mike contacted his friend Terry Johnson, founder of “Show of Support Military Hunt” in West Texas, for help in lining Mike up with a soldier who could use a fishing getaway. One soldier quickly turned into five; four were from Special Forces and one from the 82nd airborne and all had been wounded, some of them horribly. Many friends joined in with Mike in taking this first group of guys down to Lake Amistad in Del Rio, TX, and with the help of generous donors, they were able to host the soldiers for a three-day weekend trip.
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