The Home Depot Nexgrill 4-burner BBQ and professional BBQ Kit designed by Chef Bear goes to....

Phyllis Pierce!


There was a three- way tie for the biggest contributor, Janet Wenholz, Ed Soares and Frances Ellis. An electronic drawing was done to determine the recipient. And the BMX 52 Quart Igloo Cooler goes to...


Frances Ellis!

Big Congratulations to you both!  

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our drawing and donated! Every dollar goes towards Operation Freedom Paws' mission. We are so grateful for your amazing support!

If you wanted to donate and haven't had the chance yet, we have extended our donation window on the platform through Memorial Day at midnight.


(All recipients were electronically drawn at random)


Operation Freedom Paws (OFP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers veterans, first responders, children and other individuals with disabilities to regain their freedom to live full lives. We teach them to train a rescued dog for their specific disability and create life-saving service dog teams. Service dogs help individuals cope with everything from PTS, traumatic brain injuries and depression to seizures, changes in blood sugar levels and mobility issues. To date, we've been honored to serve 446 individuals and their families and rescue 379 dogs from uncertain futures (some clients enter our program with their own dogs if they qualify for service).






We are deeply grateful to Home Depot for their continued support of our mission over the years, whether its been a donation, materials, or a lasting memorial. We truly value this relationship and the power of community to empower our clients and their families to heal. THANK YOU HOME DEPOT TEAM! 


Message from our sponsor: 

The Home Depot helps veterans and their families in communities around the country, in an effort to thank them for their service to all of us. 
On behalf of Home Depot, Morgan Hill, Angel Miramontes, Store Manager, Yesenia Millan, Community Captain, and the leadership team, we are donating a Nextgrill BBQ to Operation Freedom Paws as a thank you for helping our veterans in need as well as our community.


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You can also text ofpgrilldrawing to 76278 to register and donate!



The film "Veterans Speak About PTSD" features veterans who are recovering from the service-related trauma with the help of their loyal, highly trained service dogs. They speak about their personal challenges with coming home and post-traumatic stress, and the healing power of the human-canine bond that helps redirect their focus and nourishes their will to live.

We want to thank documentary filmmaker Vicki Topaz for her advocacy and support of our veterans through her storytelling and our clients for sharing their stories in service to other veterans. 



A Nexgrill BBQ, generously donated by THE HOME DEPOT, MORGAN HILL in support of our fundraising efforts!

Plus a professional grade BBQ kit designed by a chef who Johnny Cash said made the best steak he'd ever eaten.

$1000 total value!


A Nexgrill 4-burner, stainless steel gas grill with side burner (can be customized with laser engraved OFP logo for free upon request) This NEW Nexgrill Gas Grill in Stainless Steel boasts 626 sq. in. of total cooking space. With 4 main burners and 1 side burner, supplying 60,000 BTUs of flame-roasting energy, this unit is sure to meet your grilling expectations. The even heat cooking system with stainless steel burners, angled flame tamers and stainless steel cooking grates distribute consistent heat across the entire grilling surface while reducing flare-ups. An electric ignition allows it to fire up instantly and an upper-level warming rack provides a place to heat buns and keep foods toasty. Casters make it easily mobile and the built-in thermometer enables precise temperature regulation. (Model #720-0830X)


The Professional Chef Designed BBQ kit includes:

  • Custom stainless steel & ash wood bear claws

  • Gunther Wilhem Naga Lightning Series: 7.5" chef's knife with cover (used by White House Chefs)

  • Williams Cutlery professional butcher & pairing knives (roll and sleeves included) 

  • SmartRo Thermometer (3 second read -22F to 572F degrees range/anti-bacterial, anti-viral and microbial)

  • BBQ Grill Mat

  • Cutting Board

  • Cedar Planks

  • Leather Gloves

  • Stainless Steel Spatula, Basting Brush & Fork (with knife and bottle opener)

  • Professional Nylon Knife Case 

  • Grill Cleaning Brush




The supporter who makes the biggest contribution either through tickets or general donations during the Grill & Chill Summer Drawing event will receive something really cool- a brand new BMX 52 Qt. Igloo Cooler!

It's a great way to keep cool all summer long!




  • Heavy duty blow-molded construction with reinforced base for increased strength and protection.

  • Extremely durable yet lightweight with proven 4-5 day ice retention at 90F

  • UV inhibitors protect the cooler against sun damage for extended life. Capacity: 83 12-ounce cans, 52 quarts (49 liters)

  • Rust-resistant, stainless-steel hinge rods and hardware provide extended performance.

  • Rubberized T-grip latches keep lid secure. Threaded drain plug is garden hose compatible and features a non-slip, easy-grip stainless steel tethered cap

  • MaxCold body with 20% thicker foam and insulated lid provide advanced cooling performance and up to 5-day ice retention.

  • Cool Riser Technology molded base elevates the cooler away from hot surfaces and improves cooling performance.

  • Swing-up comfort grip handles for easy two-handed carrying.

  • Built-in tie-down loops for securing cooler during transport.

  • Integrated ruler on lid easily estimates your catch.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn among those participants who are tied. The winner will be contacted to schedule a pick up or to set up shipment. We will deliver within a 60 mile radius of OFP for free. If shipping is required, we are asking the winner to pick up the shipping costs.


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Thank you to the volunteers and companies who donated their time, expertise and products to help make this event happen!

The Home Depot Morgan Hill Team: Sponsorship & Donation of featured Nexgrill 4-burner BBQ!  Visit their store at 860 East Dunne Ave., Morgan Hill (408.779.9755)

Chef Bear: Donation, Expertise, Craftsmanship and Curation of Professional Grade BBQ Kit

Williams Cutlery & Gifts: Professional butcher & pairing knives with sleeves & Nylon knife carrying case.  Williams Cutlery & Gifts are respected experts in the business with over 30 years in the Bay Area.  Visit their store at 14824 Camden Ave. San Jose (408.558.9411)

Documentary filmmaker Vicki Topaz - Heal! - www.healveterans.com - Client photos and "Veterans Speak About PTSD"

Hosted By

Operation Freedom Paws

Canine Education Center

Operation Freedom Paws, Llagas Avenue, San Martin, CA, USA