The history of Grills 'n' Grilles...

BBQ Contest

In 2007 the first United Way BBQ contest fundraiser was held in the parking lot of the Gold Miner's Inn in downtown Grass Valley. The first contest was as an event to celebrate 25 years of United Way of Nevada County. It started out as a competition between the sexes; the BBQ Battle of the Sexes pitted local teams of women against men. Teams from The Union, KNCO and the Kiwanis were among the competitors.  Since that first annual event, it has evolved into so much more. Now, with the addition of Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) teams,  a Car Show and the Disc Golf Tournament, it's a huge fundraising event.  Western Gateway Park makes the perfect venue for this great family event.  More

Car Show

In 2012, United Way of Nevada County held its first Car Show. It was initially held in downtown Nevada City and included only foreign cars. It was a fun event which also included a pub crawl, live music and lots of raffle prizes.  The Car Show was added to the BBQ to make one big event. The event grew so much that it was moved to Western Gateway Park.  More

Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

To honor the memory of Derek Sorensen, son of United Way volunteer Debbie Evans, a memorial disc golf tournament began about 4 years ago. Derek loved disc golf, and his friends in the Gold Country Disc Golf Club honor him each year by competing, having fun, and donating proceeds to United Way. More


United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.   United Way's focus is on the Basic Needs of those in our community which include Food, Emergency Shelter and access to Health Care.  Proceeds from Grills 'n' Grilles go to the annual community impact funds which are allocated to: 1) existing UWNC programs, such as Food Access Saturday, 2) new UWNC programs and 3) Partner funding. United Way of Nevada County strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their Basic Needs. UWNC envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability.