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Lillie’s Q Founder and Chef, Charlie McKenna, lost his aunt Katherine to breast cancer in 2000.
Charlie McKenna created Barbecure as a means to raise funds for cancer research and positively impact families and communities affected by cancer. Barbecure raises funds through events, specialty product sales and donations. Funds raised are donated to the McKenna family’s foundation, the Katherine McKenna Brother’s Scholarship Fund as well as a rotating charity each year. Below are some of our current and past charitable partners.
The McKenna family founded The Katherine McKenna Brothers Scholarship Fund in Katherine’s honor and the Fund keeps her legacy alive by providing women full-ride scholarships to Katherine’s undergraduate alma mater, Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. To date, the fund has supported more than 19 women at Brenau University.
Lynn Sage Scholars
The Lynn Sage Scholars program is dedicated to improving outcomes for breast cancer patients through innovative research. Lynn Sage Scholars are awarded $200,000 over two years to pursue ambitious projects in the field of breast cancer. The Lynn Sage Scholars program supports early career scientists at Northwestern and Rush Universities in Chicago. Sisters, Laura & Halee Sage, established The Lynn Sage Foundation in honor of their mother who died from breast cancer at age 39. To date, the Lynn Sage Scholars Program has invested over $1.7 million to improve outcomes for all men and women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bright Pink’s mission is to save lives by educating women about breast cancer and ovarian cancer risks and prevention. Their approach is to provide health education to young women and their health providers. One of our annual projects (2019), Lillie’s Q is proud to support and promote this impactful charity.
Our 2022 Barbecure fundraising event was held at District Brew Yards in Chicago, IL and featured celebrated Chicago chefs Stephanie Izard, Zach Engel, Brian Jupiter, Tim Flores and Genie Kwon showcasing their own take on chicken wings.
Our next Barbecure event will be held on April 26, 2023 at District Brew Yards in Chicago, IL.