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Woodys Co-Founder Yolanda Mills-Mawman with Artist Diana Patterson at TTF Fundraiser - Oct2021Classic Southern BBQ Chain Hosted 41st Anniversary Event at its Ponte Vedra Beach Corporate Location to Raise Funds and Awareness for TTF’s Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry

Jacksonville, Fl., October 26, 2021 – For the second year in a row, Florida-based franchise company – Woody’s Bar-B-Q – used its anniversary event to raise funds and awareness for Tim Tebow Foundation’s (TTF) Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry. Both times – within just a couple of hours – Woody’s raised thousands of dollars while helping to bring the issue of human trafficking to the forefront for attendees. At its 2020 event – to celebrate the classic Southern BBQ chain’s 40th anniversary, Woody’s raised $6,000. At this year’s event – hosted at Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra Beach on October 2 – the franchise well-known for its slow-smoked BBQ had raised $8,000 to benefit TTF and its fight to end human trafficking the world over.

To raise those funds, Woody’s Bar-B-Q hosted a silent auction and art show featuring the works of Diana Patterson. All proceeds from the silent auction went directly to the Tim Tebow Foundation, while a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her art was added to the final tally by St. Augustine artist, Diana Patterson. The event also included entertainment from a magician and live keyboardist, as well as great food, which has been the hallmark of the company for 41 years. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from food sales from four Woody’s Bar-B-Q corporate locations further enhanced the donation – bringing the grand total to $8,000. Those corporate locations included Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra Beach – where the event was hosted, as well as The ORIGINAL Woody’s Bar-B-Q in Jacksonville, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Fernandina Beach and Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Green Cove Springs.

“It was a wonderful event with a lot of positive energy,” said Yolanda Mills-Mawman, President, COO and Co-Founder of Woody’s Bar-B-Q. “The Tim Tebow Foundation has this incredible knack for making you feel like an integral part of their cause. They’ve certainly done that with me, my fellow co-founder Woody Mills and the entire Woody’s Bar-B-Q team. And they extended that sense of empowerment to everyone in attendance at our event. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate our 41st anniversary and really dug deep to help a particularly worthy cause. I’d also like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, silent auction sponsors and the wildly talented Diana Patterson – who not only graced our event with her art, but graciously donated a portion of the proceeds to help the Tim Tebow Foundation support survivors of human trafficking.”

For those who could not be in attendance at the event, but still wish to show their support for the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry, Mills-Mawman encourages them to make a donation directly to the cause at   Impacting an estimated 40 million people in the world today who are being bought and sold as modern-day slaves, human trafficking generates $150 billion worldwide, with the United States leading all other countries in consumption. Roughly 70% of victims are female and 25% are children. TTF believes in taking action to confront this global atrocity – to rescue victims and provide a way out of a life of violence and exploitation to a new life of freedom found in Christ. Woody’s Bar-B-Q plans to continue its support of TTF during its 42nd Anniversary Celebration in October 2022.

“The Tim Tebow Foundation is blessed to have the support of Woody’s Bar-B-Q, St. Augustine artist Diana Patterson, the volunteers, sponsors, and the community members who came out to be a part of this event,” shared Steve Biondo, President of the foundation. “Ending human trafficking will take each one of us becoming aware of the reality of this tragedy and stepping up to push back this darkness. We’re grateful that they are in the fight with us – using their platform and their voice to make an impact!”

About Woody’s Bar-B-Q®: After opening their first Woody’s Bar-B-Q in 1980, partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman have spent more than four decades setting the “bar” higher for classic Southern barbecue. From the humble beginnings of just one location in Jacksonville, Florida, a shared passion for barbecue, and a dog-eared collection of recipes, Mills and Mawman have grown the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand to locations reaching from the Deep South where barbecue is king to the Northeast and Midwestern fronts. Perhaps best known for their legendary melt-in-your-mouth slow-smoked Signature Baby Back Ribs, Woody’s has also built quite a following among patrons with their secret recipe barbecue sauces and meats, as well as their freshly prepared comfort food-inspired side dishes. Individuals who wish to learn more about becoming a Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisee are encouraged to visit

About Tim Tebow Foundation: The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is being fulfilled every day through 16 initiatives in the fields of Orphan Care + Prevention, Special Needs, Children with Profound Medical Needs, and Anti-Human Trafficking. To learn more about how the Tim Tebow Foundation is serving the world’s most vulnerable and sharing God’s love by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, visit


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