Fourteen years ago, Randy Goss, known to barbecue fans as “the Rib King,” wanted to offer live music at the County Line at 10101 I-10 W. So, he asked the company’s president, Don A. “Skeeter” Miller, about it.
What they came up with was a summer music series that does more than give music lovers a chance to hear some fine country music. It’s also a fundraiser for the San Antonio Food Bank in that guests are asked to make a donation of food or money in lieu of a ticket price.
The success of the event has been so great that the I-10 location of the County Line has been honored with the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, which is given for outstanding community service.
Country music star Roger Creager was on hand before his concert Wednesday to present the award to Miller and Goss’ widow, Julie Goss. Eric S. Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, and Michael Guerra, chief development officer of the Food Bank, were also there to honor the success of the program.
Over the years, the music series has collected 800,000 pounds of food, which translates into 617,150 meals. Last year alone, the barbecue joint collected 105,000 pounds of food for those in the greater San Antonio area who are in need.
“We love to play shows which benefit the local community and we are glad to play a part in the County Line’s commitment to the San Antonio Food Bank,” says Creager, who has been performing as part of the concert series every year since 2001. “It just makes our show that much more fun.”
“County Line BBQ has been an integral partner in our mission to fight hunger,” Cooper says. “The rising cost of groceries coupled with the ongoing drought is impacting our community, and families are struggling to put food on the table. We look forward to fighting hunger and feeding hope with the County Line and its patrons this summer.”
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