- Oct. 22, 2020
-- In 1980, armed with some dog-eared recipes, a love of great food and a desire to make patrons feel "right at home" in their new restaurant, Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman opened the doors of Jacksonville-
based Woody's Bar-B-Q. In the 40 years since, the co-founders and their franchisees have shown their support for the communities that surround their restaurants. From local charities like Healing Hands – First Coast Child Protection Team and K9s for Warriors to national nonprofits like No Kid Hungry and Tim Tebow Foundation (TTF), the Woody's Bar-B-Q brand is honored to raise both funds and awareness to support worthy causes. During its most recent 40th
Anniversary Celebration at Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra Beach on October 3, nearly 100 people were in attendance to commemorate Woody's flavorful 40-year history by taking part in a silent auction and art show presented by Florida artist, Diana Patterson – the proceeds of which benefitted Tim Tebow Foundation's Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry. By the time the event ended, $6,000 had been raised.
"Woody and I would like to thank everyone for coming out to the event in support of Woody's Bar-B-Q," said Yolanda Mills-Mawman, President and COO of Woody's Bar-B-Q. "We'd also like to thank Steve Biondo, President of the Tim Tebow Foundation for his remarks during the event to enlighten us all to the incredible work his organization is doing out in the world. Lastly, we'd be remiss if we didn't express our gratitude to artist Diana Patterson and all the companies who donated items for our silent auction. It warms our hearts to see this North Florida community come together year after year – as they have since our first anniversary celebration in 1981."
TTF's Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry (https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/anti-human-...
) has been quietly working behind the scenes since 2013 to protect the safety of its missionaries and rescued survivors. However, with the staggering growth of human trafficking in recent years, TTF has taken its battle public. It is estimated that as many as 40 million people in the world today are being bought and sold as modern-day slaves. TTF is taking elevated action to confront this global atrocity – by rescuing victims and providing a way out of a life of violence and exploitation to a new life of freedom found in Christ.
To show your support for the Tim Tebow Foundation's Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry, donate online at www.timtebowfoundation.org
. For more information about Woody's Bar-B-Q, to visit www.woodys.com.