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BBQ for Blues event fundraises for Operation Blue Santa Program

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The BBQ for Blues fundraiser event on Thursday, Aug. 20, included a silent auction, live music food from 4th on Main and a bounce house and dunk tank. All the money raised during the event was donated to the Operation Blue Santa program. The program supports local families and individuals with donations that have in the past included things like rent assistance.

Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder waits in anticipation for the baseball

Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder waits in anticipation for the baseball to hit the button that drops in the dunk tank once again on Thursday night. The dunk tank was pulled out at the end of the event after the silent auction was announced and was popular with the kids.

The BBQ for Blues picnic and event was held in Crazy Woman Square

The BBQ for Blues picnic and event was held in Crazy Woman Square Thursday night. The event was a fundraiser for the Blue Santa program and brought enough people out to fill the tables and camp out on the lawn in between.

Oakley Garton, 6, eats her sandwich off a napkin while the dunk tank

Oakley Garton, 6, eats her sandwich off a napkin while the dunk tank from just outside the splash zone on Thursday night. The dinner was provided by Fourth on Main.

Angela Poole and Savannah French make root beer floats

Angela Poole, left, scoops ice cream and Savannah French poor soda at the Root Beer float stand in front of the stage Thursday night. The floats were sold as part of the fundraiser.

Nikki Lohse helps to balance friend Geis, 1, on the bouncy house

Nikki Lohse helps to balance friend Geis, 1, on the bouncy house as he walked along it’s edge on Thursday night. The bouncy house was provided for kids entertainment and Geis was passed by a number of older kids as they ran through the tunnels.

A silent auction was one of the many fundraiser events held

A silent auction was one of the many fundraiser events held during the BBQ 4 Blue event on Thursday. MC’d by Steve Reimann, community bank president at ANB bank, the silent auction included everything from baked goods to car supplies.

Officer Tucker Leibee shows a boy his radio

Officer Tucker Leibee shows a boy his radio on Thursday night at the BBQ 4 Blue event. Leibee showed the boy what all he had to carry as a police officer and talked to him about safety. Leibee said he tries to interact with kids as much as he can so that if they are ever in danger, they will know that they should run to the police for help.

Mayor Shane Schrader plunges into the dunk tank

Mayor Shane Schrader plunges into the dunk tank once again on Thursday night. Schrader was the third person to get into the tank of the night after the police chief and future coast guard member Porter Wing.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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