BBQ, Bands & Brew event held at Centennial Park on Saturday

Published: April 2, 2022 9:28 AM EDT
Updated: April 3, 2022 8:01 AM EDT

BBQ, Bands & Brew are back this Saturday in Fort Myers.

The event features live entertainment and food to support Lee BIA Builders care that is dedicated to helping those who are elderly and disabled. WINK News is one of the sponsors of the event.

The BBQ, Bands and Brews fundraiser is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. And, all of the proceeds from this event go to Builders Care.

The organization provides construction services at no cost to elderly and disabled homeowners in Southwest Florida. The group has helped nearly 500 Lee County households and provided more than $4.8 million in emergency construction services.

They have built wheelchair ramps and made AC and roof repairs.

Those who are elderly or disabled can apply but must meet the qualifications.

“We have an application process,” said Crystal Stouten, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “You have to be elderly, so that is 65 and up and or disabled, you must own the home, you must have lived in the home for at least two years. We do a background check. We check you know for liens and things that you would typically check for when somebody is applying for services that are in need.”

WINK News was also able to speak with someone who benefitted from the organization.

Phyllis Puett is just one of the many residents who have received the gift of home improvements thanks to Builders Care of Lee County. In December, she called Builders Care about getting a ramp installed at her home.

“Cleaned by patio, took everything out and gave me new patio furniture, new carpeting, indoor, outdoor carpeting out there, they in my bathroom, they fix the door. So, I’ve got a sliding door so the wheelchair can go in and out,” Puett said.

They even provided Puett with a wheelchair. She was overwhelmed with appreciation for the people at Builders Care. But, she knows, she’s not the only one in need.

“I’m a little guilty because there are so many people, especially at this time that need that help,” said Puett. “And believe me, it’s worth it. If people can just give a little bit, it makes a difference.”

Chris Cartee is on the board of directors for Lee County’s Building Industry Association. “Whenever we’re able to build a ramp or make their house handicap accessible or build them a new bathroom, it’s accessible, but they’ve never had to see the reaction. It’s just really does reflect your heart. And it’s, there’s no reward like doing that for somebody else,” said Cartee.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. The cost to attend is $10 and free for children 12 and younger.Gabe and Petras judging

For more information, visit the Lee BIA Builders Care website.

WINK News Anchors Taylor Petras and Nicole Gabe emceed the event.