Strimbu barbecue marks 25 years

YANKEE LAKE, Ohio (WKBN) — There was a big turnout Wednesday night for the 25th anniversary of the Strimbu Memorial Fund’s annual barbecue.

The event, held at the Yankee Lake Ballroom, is similar to a full-scale Texas style event. Organizers said 1,600 tickets were sold, with all proceeds going to the Strimbu Memorial Fund.

The fund was created in 1990 and has provided millions of dollars in donations and scholarships, and also supports local economic development and many charitable organizations. It is named after Tom and Nick Strimbu Jr.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, the fund awarded $55,000 in scholarships, with 13 area seniors receiving $2,500 scholarships and one also receiving a $25,000 scholarship.

The winner of the $25,000 scholarship was Brittany DeCarmine of Sharpsville High School.

The other scholarship winners were:

  • Danielle Ford, Badger Local High School
  • Leah Bayer, Brookfield High School
  • Kimara Chapman, Farrell High School
  • Nathalie J. Yurisic, Greenville High School
  • Elizabeth Ague, Grove City High School
  • Andrew M. Bianco, Hickory High School
  • Gavin Cianci, Kennedy Catholic High School
  • Kelly Kovacevich, Mathews High School
  • Gwyn Dubel, Reynolds High School
  • Kieran Zajac, Sharon High School
  • Michael Ronga, Warren JFK High School
  • Aerial Pratt, West Middlesex High School

In addition to the scholarships, a raffle was held for a 2014 red Chevrolet Camaro SS valued at nearly $43,000. The car was donated by Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service.

Live entertainment for the event was provided by country-rock singer and fiddle player Chris Higbee, who used to be a founding member of the PovertyNeck Hillbillies.


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