Bethany College will kick off spring and its annual Alumni Tour with a “BBQ & Blues” event on its campus April 22 at 5 p.m. in the outdoor Amphitheatre. The event features barbecue prepared by Stan Hays ’94 and blues performed by The Draper Family Band, featuring Brandon Draper, ’01.

Two seating times will be available for the BBQ. At 5 p.m. Alumni and Bethany students will be served and at 6 p.m. members of the community are invited to campus to enjoy the BBQ and music. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy sitting on the lawn during the event. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Pihlblad Student Union.

President Will Jones will speak at 6:15 p.m. and The Draper Family Band will perform throughout the evening until 7:30 p.m. The event, one of the first stops on the Bethany Arise Alumni Tour, will host McPherson and Saline County alumni along with the Lindsborg community.

“We are so excited to start our alumni tour with a great event right here in Lindsborg featuring two of Bethany’s accomplished alumni,” David Earle, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said.

Hays, who will be overseeing the BBQ portion of the event, is the co-founder of Operation Barbecue Relief established in 2011 after the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Since then, the organization has served more than 1 million meals in 21 states to displaced families and emergency personnel responding to tragedies. In 2015, he was a finalist in the Food Channel’s Chopped Grill Master food competition.

Draper, a frequent performer in Lindsborg, will provide the “Blues” for the evening with his family’s band. In addition to performing with The Draper Family Band, Draper also performs with the Turkish jazz ensemble Alaturka, runs the acclaimed children’s interactive music program Drum Safari, and is on the music faculty at the University of Kansas.

The community is invited to the event and, in support of the college’s core value of Servant Leadership, a free will donation will be taken honoring Hays’ work with proceeds going to the recent Kansas wild fires.