Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting its ninth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraising event on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. All funds raised go directly to Builders Care to aid its mission to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means.

The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from local headlining bands, along with several local barbecue restaurants and vendors. The event will also include a BBQ competition to name the best BBQ in town as well as activities for kids. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free and free parking will be available.

BBQ, Bands and Brew will also hold its fifth annual Poker Run that will begin at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson that includes a ride around Fort Myers ending at BBQ, Bands & Brew at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Registration for riders is $25 and $10 for passengers, which includes admission to the event. Best hand wins $500 and Harley-Davidson gear.

The second ever BBQ, Bands and Brew cornhole tournament will begin at noon with team registration from 11 a.m. to noon. The competition is open to the public and participants must bring a partner to play in the double-elimination format. The entry fee is $20 per two-person team, and prizes include $400 for first place and $100 for second place.

Sponsorships and vendor spaces are now available for the ninth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew. For information on how to become a sponsor, visit www.bbqbandsandbrew.com/sponsors.php and click on “2017 Sponsor Opportunities.” Prospective vendors can also find information on the website.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 239-938-0056 or emailing BBQ@bia.net. Additional information is available at www.BBQBandsandBrew.com.

“We look forward to this event every year,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “It not only allows us to provide our community with a day of family fun, but also aids in bringing our mission to make a difference, one life changing gift at a time to fruition.”

About Builders Care:

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Over the last decade, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.