KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 17, 2016) – Operation BBQ Relief (www.OperationBBQRelief.org), a nonprofit consisting of volunteers from competition barbecue teams who provide hot meals to displaced families and emergency personnel in areas impacted by natural disasters, has announced that Blue Rhino (www.BlueRhino.com) has become an official sponsor.

“We are excited that Blue Rhino has agreed to become a major sponsor of Operation BBQ Relief,” said Stan Hays, co-founder and CEO. “In our brief history, we’ve served thousands of people in need, and thanks to the support of Blue Rhino and other companies we will be positioned to serve thousands more.”

“This is such a natural partnership for us,” agreed Tod Brown, CEO of Blue Rhino, the number one brand of tank exchange and marketer of a wide array of outdoor living products. “Blue Rhino certainly plays an important role in good times in backyards, but when bad times come people need our products even more. Our sponsorship will help Operation BBQ Relief’s expert chefs cook great meals and provide warm places for Americans whose world has been torn apart by Mother Nature.”


Under the agreement, Blue Rhino will be supplying Operation BBQ Relief with propane, which is used on every deployment for cooking and heating. Blue Rhino will also provide products such as firepits, grills, grilling tools, and accessories, for use on deployments and in fundraising. Blue Rhino also plans to highlight Operation BBQ Relief on its websites, social media channels, and in other marketing vehicles.

Founded in 2011 in the wake of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., Operation BBQ Relief has since provided nearly 650,000 meals during 27 deployments in 18 states. The organization has 3,500 registered volunteers who travel to hard-hit areas to barbecue and serve food to hungry people. In 2015, co-founder Hays was runner-up on the Food Network show, “Chopped,” in Grill Masters Season 2, and talked about Operation BBQ Relief.

Blue Rhino helps create special moments in backyards, patios and homes across America through its family of brands, which includes Blue Rhino, the number one brand in tank exchange, an impressive line of innovative, premier barbecue accessories and outdoor lifestyle tools by Mr. Bar-B-Q® (www.MrBarBQ.com), and fire pits by Endless Summer®. For more information on Blue Rhino’s full line-up of brands, visit www.BlueRhino.com.

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