SOURCE: Rudy's 'Country Store' and Bar-B-Q

Rudy's 'Country Store' and Bar-B-Q

February 09, 2012 09:47 ET

Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q Raises $16,574 for the American Widow Project

Donation Assists America's Young Military Widows Cope With Grief and Loss Through AWP's Programs

LAKEWAY, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q today announced that it raised $16,574.00 for the American Widow Project through its in-store fundraiser on December 7, 2011, where it donated a dollar for every pound of meat sold that day. Rudy's Follow2Support, the company's cause-related social media program, also added another dollar for every new Facebook "like" and Twitter follower from November 27th through December 7th to the total funds raised.

"We are grateful for Rudy's donation, which will help us continue to serve, heal and unify a new generation of military widows," said Taryn Davis, Founder and Executive Director of the American Widow Project. "This donation will make a difference in the lives of many widows like me who lost husbands at a young age while they were serving the country."

Davis, 27, started the American Widow Project after learning her husband, Cpl. Michael Davis, was killed by multiple roadside bombs in Iraq in 2007. Since then, it has helped more than a thousand young widows who lost their husbands in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world where they were called to serve. She was named by CNN as one of its ten finalists for CNN Heroes of the Year in 2011.

"Rudy's is honored to help these young women whose husbands paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms," said Pete Bassett, VP of Operations at Rudy's Bar-B-Q. "We support the mission of the American Widow Project and look forward to a longstanding relationship with Taryn and the AWP."

Rudy's Bar-B-Q has supported many non-profit organizations through fundraising efforts in-store and social media. Rudy's Bar-B-Q has donated to several non-profits that help the military and veterans, children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, starving children and families, victims of natural disasters and their families and first responders, among many others.

About Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q
Since 1989, Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q has been serving up genuine Texas Bar-B-Q to folks in the Southwest USA. Rudy's Bar-B-Q pits are 100% wood fired with oak. Along with time and oak, Rudy's Bar-B-Q cooks with a dry spice that ensures perfectly smoked bar-b-q at every visit. It is best served with Rudy's famous "Sause." Rudy's Bar-B-Q now ships meat and sells its famous "Sause," rubs and merchandise online at You can follow Rudy's Bar-B-Q on Twitter at and on Facebook at

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