Proposals were due Friday by 4 p.m. for those organizations interested in running the 2014 Barbecue on the River Beer Garden. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra had managed the beer garden for 19 years. After a dispute between the two organizations, Barbecue on the River offered PSO the right of first refusal. The PSO voted not to accept the offer.
For the past month, Barbecue on the River has been accepting applications from other organizations to run the beer garden. Paducah Philanthropic Committee is one of four organizations that chose to apply for the 2014 beer garden.
The organization is a group of about 100 people interested in raising awareness and money for the community. If chosen for the beer garden, Founder and CEO Kenn Gray said the profits would go to the Oscar Boys and Girls Club, Starfish Orphan Ministry and Habitat for the Humanity.
Gray said this would be a great opportunity for his organization.
"We have raised almost $36,000 for non profits and over 1,200 volunteer hours. We feel like we've proven ourself as a organization that is committed to the community," said Gray.
The contract for the beer garden is done on a year to year basis. The decision on who runs the beer garden will be made in a few weeks. In the past, the PSO made about $30,000 from the management of the beer and wine garden. For more information about the beer garden, click here.