Inclusive BBQ Events is a registered
501c3 ~ Non-Profit
Local and Federal Level
Our non-profit culinary organization is driven by a powerful mission: to create a positive impact in our community through the transformative power of food. We focus our efforts on three key areas: disabilities, individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness, and veterans.
Give, Laugh, Que!
Our core belief is that food has the remarkable ability to bring people together, nourish their spirits, and ignite positive change. By harnessing the culinary arts, we strive to empower individuals within these marginalized groups, providing them with invaluable opportunities for growth and transformation.
We are guided by the firm belief that everyone deserves equal opportunities to thrive. We understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, those at risk or experiencing homelessness, and veterans. Our mission is to equip them with the essential tools, skills, and support necessary to overcome obstacles and build a brighter future.
Through our culinary programs, we foster inclusivity, dignity, and self-sufficiency. We offer comprehensive training, engaging workshops, and educational resources that enable individuals to develop culinary skills, unleash their creativity, and cultivate confidence. By doing so, we empower them to pursue fulfilling careers, explore their passions, and actively contribute to their communities. All while having fun and creating normally and comradire.
Our ultimate goal is to foster a more equitable and compassionate society. By leveraging the power of culinary arts through fire and flame, we create transformative experiences that foster a profound sense of belonging and positively impact the lives of those we serve. We work hand in hand with our community partners and dedicated supporters, united in our commitment to making a lasting difference and ushering in a brighter future for all through the bond of BBQ.
Kathy and Tom Trainor, the founders of Inclusive BBQ Events, recognized the importance of returning BBQ to its roots and supporting the local community. To align with their mission, they made a significant shift in their focus towards community impact and prevention. For the past 15 years, BBQ had always been centered around gathering around the flames to support those in need.
However, with a notable decline in BBQ contests in 2020, they took action by organizing events that emphasized family, giving back, and promoting Kids Q. Since the establishment of Inclusive BBQ Events in 2020, they have witnessed a consistent rise in the participation of teams from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.
One of their core values is giving back during each contest, as BBQ truly loves to support others. Their events revolve around the idea of learning through cooking, making a difference through food, and showing support for those who ignite the fire within them. Their slogan, "Give, Laugh 'Que!" encapsulates the essence of their events.
These inclusive BBQ events include:
Cooking and Life Skill Classes
Social Impact and Prevention
Kathy and Tom recognized something extraordinary within the realm of BBQ. As a family with two neurodivergent children, they understand the challenges that can arise. However, they also discovered an unparalleled level of inclusivity within the BBQ community and at contests, where their sons always felt embraced and accepted. Kids Q became a transformative experience for John and Pat Trainor, offering them valuable opportunities for learning and growth across various domains, including communication, social skills, math, science, and more.
Driven by their conviction that every child should have access to such enriching experiences, Kathy and Tom have set a long-term goal: "Kids Q Every Q." This vision entails ensuring that a Kids Q component is incorporated into every single one of their events, regardless of whether there is one team or many. By prioritizing Kids Q, they strive to create a space where all children can engage, learn, and flourish, fostering an environment of inclusivity and growth within the BBQ community.
Kathy and Tom Trainor established Inclusive BBQ Events with the belief that BBQ is a community that embraces and welcomes all. To celebrate and acknowledge individuals who exemplify inclusivity, we present the Inclusivity Award each season. This award recognizes those who have gone the extra mile in making teams feel accepted and valued at our events.
At Inclusive BBQ Events, our primary goal is to foster a warm and inviting atmosphere for everyone involved. We strive to create a family-friendly environment where people from all walks of life can come together and enjoy the spirit of BBQ. The Inclusivity Award serves as a testament to the importance we place on inclusivity within the BBQ community.
During each contest, the Inclusivity Award is presented to an individual or team that exemplifies the true essence of inclusivity in BBQ. This award honors those who demonstrate exceptional efforts in promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants.
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Kathy and Tom Trainor, the founders our non-profit organization, are based in southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to their dedication to organizing and participating in contests, Kathy and Tom cherish their quality time spent with their loved ones.
When they are not immersed in the world of giving back. Kathy and Tom enjoy creating lasting memories with their children, John and Pat. They value family bonds and frequently embark on adventures together, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Whether it's a road trip or a family vacation, they embrace the joy of travel and the opportunity to create lifelong memories.
Accompanying them on their journeys are their loyal companions, Bailey the dog and Zelda the cat.
Through their non-profit focus, Kathy and Tom demonstrate their commitment to community and inclusivity, while also cherishing the time spent with their loved ones and enjoying the adventures that life brings through BBQ and beyond.
Kathy Trainor, affectionately known as "BBQ MOM" within the non-profit community, is the driving force behind our organization. As our Executive Director, Media Maven, Organizer, Community Liaison, and Volunteer Recruiter, she fulfills multiple roles to ensure the smooth operation of our initiatives. Kathy is the go-to person for any inquiries or support, and her vast experience and expertise guarantee an enjoyable and seamless experience for all involved. With 25 years of non-profit leadership under her belt, Kathy approaches her work with forward thinking and boundless passion.
Throughout the day, Kathy applies her skills as a Corporate Trainer at a prominent healthcare company. Her dedication to education and professional development shines through in her role within our organization. In the evenings, she effortlessly takes on the responsibilities of an air traffic controller, skillfully managing the bustling activities of our two boys and orchestrating the harmonious flow of non-profit affairs.
Kathy's passion extends well beyond her professional and familial responsibilities. She is a respected advocate for involving children in cooking and recognizes the profound social impact that culinary pursuits can have. Her invaluable insights and expertise in this domain have earned her national recognition, leading to invitations to speak at various events across the country.
With Kathy at the helm, our non-profit organization benefits from her exceptional leadership, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to making a positive difference.
Tom Trainor plays a vital role in our non-profit organization as the Kids Q Director, and Charity Ambassador. During the events, Tom takes charge of supporting volunteers upon their arrival by providing site plans, addressing needs, and offering clear instructions for continued impact. His presence ensures that all have a smooth and organized experience.
During the day, Tom dedicates his skills and expertise as a Software Developer for a small family-owned company. His technical focus and problem-solving abilities shine through in his professional endeavors. In the evenings, Tom embraces his role as a loving father, engaging in enjoyable conversations with his children and highlighting the positive aspects of their day.
With Tom's multifaceted involvement and commitment, our non-profit organization thrives in its culinary focus. His coordination skills, expertise in overseeing Kids Q activities, and his passion for charitable causes make him an invaluable asset to our team.