Tickets On Sale Now for Arbor Hospice’s Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser in Ann Arbor

Event to feature local distilleries, pit masters and musical performances; proceeds support access to not-for-profit hospice


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (March 8, 2024) Arbor Hospice’s Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraising event is returning to Ann Arbor from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Revel Run.

Barley, BBQ & Beats is the not-for-profit’s signature fundraising event featuring hand-crafted cocktails (and mocktails) from local distilleries, mouthwatering barbecue courtesy of local pit masters and restaurants, and live musical performances – all to support access to not-for-profit hospice. This unique fundraiser was launched in Grand Rapids in 2016 by Arbor Hospice’s partner, Hospice of Michigan, before expanding to Ann Arbor in 2023. In 2024, the fundraiser will also be in:

  • Detroit – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Saint Andrew’s Hall
  • Grand Rapids – 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at DeVos Place
  • Traverse City – 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Jacob’s Farm
  • Alpena – 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at The Aplex

The Ann Arbor event will feature musical performances by Rio and The Rockabilly Revival, and Lady Sunshine and the Xband.

Tickets for all Barley, BBQ & Beats events are on sale now, and can be purchased for $65 in advance at or at the door of each event for $75. Ticket holders will be provided tokens at check-in valid for three servings of BBQ and three hand-crafted cocktails. Extra tokens will be available for purchase. Alternative samplings will be available if guests have dietary restrictions.

All those who donate during the Detroit event will have the opportunity to double their generosity thanks to the Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation. The “Make it a Double” Matching Gift will match all event donations up to $25,000. Proceeds from Barley, BBQ & Beats support Arbor Hospice’s Open Access Program, which helps ensure end-of-life care to all, regardless of age, diagnosis or financial circumstances.

“Barley, BBQ & Beats is back and better than ever,” said Barbara Anderson, statewide director of philanthropy for Arbor Hospice. “Our Ann Arbor event will have everything – the best local food, drinks and music, plus a wonderful cause. Attendees will certainly enjoy their time with us, and will have an opportunity to support access to not-for-profit hospice for all – regardless of age, diagnosis or financial circumstances. Last year, these events sold out fast, so we encourage community members to purchase their tickets early!”

Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Statewide Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include CareLinc Medical Equipment, Fifth Third Bank, Hansen/Balk Steel Treating Company, Miller Welding Supply & Industrial Gases and Pioneer Construction.

For tickets and more information, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Streich at

About Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 6,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit or call 888-992-2273.