Strimbu barbeque event marks 30th anniversary

BROOKFIELD –The 30th annual Strimbu BBQ is planned for May 1 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield as part of a fundraising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund.

The event is sponsored by First National Bank and Steel Dynamics.

Board President Jim Grasso said since its inception in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided more than $3.5 million to support academic scholarships, local economic development groups, nonprofits, and other charitable organizations.

“The Strimbu Memorial Fund was created to perpetuate the work of the late Nick Strimbu Jr., who had a passion for leading individuals and economic development agencies in order to attract, assist and retain the industrial base of the Valley. In addition, when the Strimbu Memorial Fund awards scholarships to area students, we are investing in the life of a person — and that is worth millions,” Grasso said.

This year the fund will award leadership college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to qualified high school seniors in 12 local school districts, Grasso said, with the overall leader winning a $10,000 college scholarship.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served until 9 p.m., then at 9:30 p.m., a late night offering of wood-fired pizzas will be served until 11 p.m.

This year entertainment will feature country-rock star Chris Higbe. His fiddle playing became widely known and he was asked to play alongside Charlie Daniels.

In addition, the night will feature both silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $90 and are available online at, from any board member orby calling Pam at 330-448-4046, ext.134.