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Blue Rhino is Official Sponsor of Operation BBQ Relief  (5/9/2017)




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KANSAS CITY, MO (May 9, 2017) – Blue Rhino ( is an official sponsor of Operation BBQ Relief (, a nonprofit consisting of volunteers from competition barbecue teams who provide hot meals to displaced families and emergency personnel in areas impacted by natural disasters.

Upon announcing the news last year, Stan Hays, co-founder and CEO, Operation BBQ Relief, said, “We are excited that Blue Rhino has agreed to become a major sponsor of Operation BBQ Relief. In our brief history, we’ve served thousands of people in need, and thanks to the support of Blue Rhino and other companies we will be positioned to serve thousands more.

“This is such a natural partnership for us,” agreed Chris Hartley, VP of marketing for Blue Rhino, the number one brand of tank exchange and marketer of a wide array of outdoor living products. “Blue Rhino certainly plays an important role in good times in backyards, but when bad times come people need our products even more. Our sponsorship helps Operation BBQ Relief’s expert chefs cook great meals and provide warm places for Americans whose world has been torn apart by Mother Nature.

Under the agreement, Blue Rhino supplies Operation BBQ Relief with propane, which is used on every deployment for cooking and heating. Blue Rhino also provides products such as firepits, grills, grilling tools, and accessories, for use on deployments and in fundraising. Blue Rhino also highlights Operation BBQ Relief on its websites, social media channels, and in other marketing vehicles.

Founded in 2011 in the wake of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., Operation BBQ Relief has since provided nearly more than one million meals over 199 days of deployment in 21 states. The organization has 4,420 registered volunteers who travel to hard-hit areas to barbecue and serve food to hungry people. In 2015, co-founder Hays was runner-up on the Food Network show, “Chopped,” in Grill Masters Season 2, and talked about Operation BBQ Relief.

Blue Rhino helps create special moments in backyards, patios and homes across America through its family of brands, which includes Blue Rhino, the number one brand in tank exchange, an impressive line of innovative, premier barbecue accessories and outdoor lifestyle tools by Mr. Bar-B-Q® ( For more information on Blue Rhino’s full line-up of brands, visit


About Blue Rhino
In 1994, Blue Rhino – named for the color of a propane flame and the endangered animal – launched America’s first branded propane tank exchange service. Today, Blue Rhino is more than propane, with a full line of products that create family time and special moments in the backyard, patio and home. Offering convenience, innovation and affordable luxury, Blue Rhino’s outdoor living products include grills, barbecue tools and accessories, patio heaters, fire pits, fireplace accessories, mosquito traps, furniture/grill covers and more sold under such brands as Mr. Bar-B-Q®, Mr. Pizza™, Endless Summer®, UniFlame®, Elementals™, SkeeterVac®, Bite-Guard™, and OneBait™. Blue Rhino’s leading propane exchange brand is available at more than 45,000 retail stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico and is based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Blue Rhino is a division of Ferrellgas, L.P. For more information, visit

About Operation BBQ Relief
The mission of Operation BBQ Relief is to provide compassion, offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States through our expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals and our ability to quickly mobilize our teams into any area where nature disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans.


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