While a quality BBQ event is what is drawing you to Gainesville in May, we feel it's very important to explain why we're hosting this competition: to raise funds for two community-centered efforts to help the youth of Hall County. We do this through our Gut Check program and our Empty Stocking Fund.
Started in 1997, GUT CHECK was created by the Gainesville Jaycees to teach young men discipline and leadership in a safe and structured,
high-energy environment. A scholarship program free of charge for the participants, GUT CHECK is held over the course of three days each July.
The program begins on a Thursday afternoon with intense activities and culminates with a graduation ceremony on Sunday morning.
Since 1955 the Gainesville Jaycees have been providing Christmas to needy children in the Hall County Community. The Jaycees raise the funds to provide
Christmas to over 400+ children in Hall County, done exclusively through private donations and old-fashioned fundraising. Once these funds are collected,
the Jaycees meet on a Saturday at Wal-Mart at 6:00AM. to buy the gifts for the children who have been chosen though our special partnerships with local
schools, counselors, principals, etc. Each child receives warm clothing, shoes, educational toys and items necessary for daily living.