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Clear Path For Veterans
1223 Salt Springs Road
Chittenango, NY 13037
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Thank you for the tremendous response - more than 500 people registered for this year's event! We are sold out!

Get an early start on celebrating our nation's birthday!

We are very grateful to event sponsors: China Towne Furniture and Mattress in SolvaySRC and Sun Chevrolet, Inc.

Our 2018 edition of the Red, White & Blue Barbecue will be our best barbecue to date, featuring special guests - NFL Head Coach Doug & Helen Marrone, Author & TV Personality Adam Richman, and Auctioneer Myers Jackson - music by The Fabulous Ripcords, delicious food prepared by our Executive Chef Christopher Griffin and his culinary team, an auction of unique items hosted by Jackson … plus tour our facility, mingle with our service dogs in training, participate in a cornhole tournament, and help us celebrate our annual Miles & Maddy awards to honor "Service Above Self" in its truest form.

Clear Path's mission is all-inclusive: to serve all who serve. All eras. All genders. All branches. In keeping with that all-inclusive spirit, we don’t do galas, balls, or black-tie events to raise money, we do it the old-fashioned way – where everyone is welcome and treated like family. So, our Red, White & Blue Barbecue NEEDS YOU! Wcannot achieve our mission without the support of our community.

Reserve your tickets for our annual fundraiser on or before June 8*:

  • $20 per youth (ages 12-18 years old) - the event is free for children 11 and under
  • $75 per person* adults
  • Sponsor a Veteran to attend for $75

Discount adult tickets are available for pack purchases:

*Adult tickets increase to $95 after June 8 and at the door pricing is $125 per person (youth tickets do not increase).


The history of the Red, White & Blue Barbecue

The facility currently known as Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango was acquired in March 2011. That summer - when renovations to the facility were only two-thirds complete - Clear Path hosted a community open house dinner on June 18, 2011, that was attended by Syracuse University’s Head Football Coach Doug Marrone and his wife, Helen.

“During his tenure at the university, the couple believed in the Clear Path vision and saw first-hand the work being done and wanted to be a part of an organization that was built on trust and supporting military members, Veterans and their families in impactful ways. The Marrones had a vision: Would the Central New York community show its support by attending a swan ball or swine ball? They loved the idea of a community dinner, and our annual barbecue was born,” said Clear Path’s CEO and Co-Founder Melissa Spicer.

The official ribbon cutting at Clear Path for Veterans was held in September 2011, and the inaugural Red, White & Blue Barbecue was held just 10 months later.

The Marrones attended Clear Path’s premier fundraising event in its first several years, even during Doug’s transition to Buffalo to become an NFL coach for the Bills in January 2013.

“The Marrones have been tremendous supporters of both Clear Path for Veterans and me personally. Helen was the first to tour the property with me and remained connected to all we do. Both Doug and Helen have made every effort to attend the annual barbecue and are very aligned with the integrity of our efforts. No matter where they live, we will always welcome them back to the CNY and Clear Path community,” Spicer said.

This year’s event also welcomes back Author and TV Personality Adam Richman. Perhaps best known for hosting the Travel Channel’s highest rated show: Man v Food, Richman has been a staple at the barbecue since 2016. Richman has hosted and co-executive produced Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America and Fandemonium, and he has written two books to critical acclaim: America the Edible and Straight-Up Tasty.

A new face in the crowd this year will be “America’s Auctioneer” Myers Jackson. Well known as the star of DIY Network’s highest rated show Texas Flip N Move, Jackson is an accredited auctioneer of real estate and a member of the Certified Auctioneer Institute. One new element to this year’s barbecue is an auction of unique items that Jackson will direct the bidding on.

The Red, White & Blue Barbecue is Clear Path’s most important onsite fundraiser. Each year, the barbecue attracts guests from across the state and region, who come to the Clear Path campus to enjoy great entertainment, food and togetherness in a common cause of providing programs and services to those who have served.

“Our annual Red, White & Blue Barbecue is open to our entire community, who are the family and friends of those we serve. Many now call Clear Path for Veterans their ‘trusted go to’ for information, programs and services, and it’s because we, as a community, see value in investing in their well-being,” Spicer said.

Clear Path’s Executive Chef Christopher Griffin and his culinary team will prepare special menu for the event. Griffin, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and graduate of the Culinary Arts and Service Management Program at Paul Smith’s College, will put together a menu with a southern influence. The menu will also feature festive desserts, and a variety of bourbon, craft beer and wine selections.

Entertaining the masses will be The Fabulous Ripcords, a Central New York music scene staple. The award-winning five-piece band performs a mix of roots, rockabilly, country, blues and swing.

The Miles & Maddy Award, which was established in 2013, will be presented for service above self in its truest form. This award honors the selfless service of Mark “Miles” Vigil and Maddy Spicer. Miles was a close friend of Clear Path’s Chief Strategic Officer Earl Fontenot and was always there to support those in need. After serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Miles lost his battle back at home and passed in 2010.  Maddy Spicer was a special dog that Melissa and her husband adopted in 2001 and says taught her the importance of serving others.

As a certified therapy dog, “Maddy healed the souls of many and made me a better person. Without Maddy, there would be no Clear Path,” Melissa said; Maddy passed away in April 2013. Each year, a civilian and Veteran are honored for their impactful service above self in honor of this special man and dog.

Other special events at the barbecue include: tours of the facility, opportunities to mingle with service dogs in training, a cornhole tournament and, of course, beautiful views.

“Our annual Red, White & Blue Barbecue has always served a dual purpose: First, to showcase the work being done at Clear Path for Veterans; and second, to bring the community in to show their support for those who wear the uniform. It’s a great opportunity to show support and to highlight how committed our community is to supporting our Veterans,” Spicer said.

Discounted multi-pack tickets are also available, and you can provide an opportunity to a Veteran to attend the event at no charge by purchasing a “Sponsor a Veteran” ticket.