Legendary Lions running back Billy Sims has a presence in Troy with his Oklahoma-based Billy Sims Barbecue restaurant chain which opened last spring in Troy on South Blvd., just east of Crooks Road. Sims, a No. 1 draft pick who played for the Lions from 1980 through 1984, will be on hand at this year’s Taste of Troy with restaurant owner Dave Harris. This is the first year for Billy Sims Barbeque at the event which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.
"Billy Sims Barbecue and kids are something I’m very excited about,” Billy Sims said. "I am so excited to be able to help the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. We’ve got a fun, family oriented, tailgate kind of atmosphere at our restaurant and some of the tastiest and most tender brisket and ribs around. It’s truly a celebration of good food and good football – a place to kick back and enjoy yourself.”
Current Lions running back and Boys & Girls Club of Troy supporter Joique Bell will also be on hand at the Taste of Troy to meet and talk to attendees.
"My ties to Michigan run deep, being born and raised in this state and playing both college and pro football in Detroit,” Joique Bell said. As a professional athlete, I take great pride in having the opportunity to reach out to young people in this community and encourage them to follow their dreams and become good people with positive attitudes and a willingness to help others."
Purchase tickets now for the 22nd annual Taste of Troy benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy on Sunday, March 2 from 1-4 pm at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road. Advance tickets $40 (call 248.689.1687 or visit www.bgctroy.org) or purchase tickets at the door for $50.
What could be more fun than savoring delicious cuisine from more than 30 premier Troy restaurant and food establishments, enjoying great music and both a live and silent auction — while raising money for a great cause — the Boys & Girls Club? Proceeds from the event help the organization provide a safe place for more than 1,200 young people interact, learn, grow and develop into contributing members of this community.
In addition to mouth-watering food sampling Taste of Troy attendees can bid on gift baskets, sports tickets, spa, hotel and restaurant gift certificates in the silent auction, enjoy music and be a part of the live auction with WDIV TV 4 Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey. Participating restaurants compete for awards including Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice. 2014 Taste of Troy Restaurants are: Achatz Handmade Pie Company, Beaumont Health System, Billy Sims Barbeque, Brio Tuscan Grill, Café Sushi, Cedar Grille, Crumpets at the Somerset Inn, Edible Arrangements, El Charro, Granite City, Ingram’s Candies, Just Baked Cupcake Shop, Kona Grill, La Marsa, Maggiano's Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks, The Melting Pot, Muses Taverna Greek Cuisine, Noodles & Company, Ocean Prime Troy, Orchid Café, Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Priya Indian Cuisine, Ridley’s Bakery Café, Salsarita’s of Troy, Shield’s of Troy, Slab ‘N Slice Ribs ‘N Pizza, Smashburger, Sy Thai, T.G.I. Friday's Troy, Tim Hortons Troy and Tre Monti Ristorante.
Major Sponsor: PNC Bank; Corporate Sponsors: HAP, Flagstar Bank; Café Sponsors: Genisys Credit Union, Hartland Insurance, HMS Mfg. Co, Kiwanis Club of Troy, and Mike Savoie Chevrolet.
The Boys & Girls Club of Troy at 3670 John R, is a non-profit youth development organization that provides educational and recreational activities to more than 1,200 children, ages 6 to 18, in Oakland and Macomb counties. The Club’s positive environment enables members to become responsible, self-reliant, caring adults.
For more information, contact: Cindy Stewart, B&GCT Board Member and Chair of the Taste of Troy event, 248.524.1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.