The Dickey Foundation Gives Grants in Kansas and Illinois

The Dickey Foundation Gives Grants in Kansas and Illinois

The Dickey Foundation donates to two first responder team in Independence and Waukegan

The Dickey Foundation Gives Grants in Kansas and IllinoisDallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.comThe Dickey Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, hit the road in May and donated first responder equipment grants in both Kansas and Illinois.

On Thursday, May 2nd, The Dickey Foundation visited the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Independence, KS where they partnered up with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Owner/Operator Gary Hogsett to provide an $11,000 grant to support the department in purchasing law enforcement specific drones for interior tactics and additional safety of the officers.

A few weeks later, the Dickey Foundation traveled to Waukegan, IL to provide the Waukegan Fire Department with a grant valued at more than $10,000 for ballistic vests and helmets for the paramedics that will help keep them safe when responding to potentially dangerous situations.

“The Dickey Foundation is grateful to continue supporting the brave men and women of first responder teams across the country,” said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO Dickey’s Capital Group. “We look forward to collaborating with more Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Owner/Operators and their local community heroes in the future.” 

For information on how to apply for a local first responder grant, you can visit The Dickey Foundation website at

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Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue concept, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 80 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all our barbecued meats are smoked onsite in a hickory wood burning pit. Dickey’s proudly believes there’s no shortcut to true barbecue and it’s why they never say bbq. The Dallas-based, family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide with international locations in the UAE and Japan. Dickey’s Restaurant brands have over 550 locations nationwide. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list, was named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018 and was named to Hospitality Technology Industry Heroes in 2021. Led by CEO Laura Rea Dickey, who was named among the country’s 50 most influential women in foodservice in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News and was recognized as one of the top 25 industry leaders on Fast Casual’s 2020 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Fox News, Forbes Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal and QSR Magazine. For more information, visit

Shannon Santos
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