When he got here house from Iraq, Military fight engineer Steve Lulofs needed to recapture that feeling of being “a part of a group.” So Lulofs fashioned a squad of associates to compete in a neighborhood barbecue contest. They did so nicely, he ultimately created his Veterans Q Barbecue Sauces & Rubs firm in Huntley as a approach to elevate cash and consciousness for veterans organizations. And that is how Lulofs ended up entrance and heart on the “2019 Barbecue Boy Toys” calendar that includes some well-fed “dad bods.”
“I am the fats man with the apron,” says Lulofs, 39, who lives in Algonquin and has a profession as an immigration analyst with the U.S. Division of Labor. Lulofs bought talked into posing for the calendar cowl however not one of many month-to-month pictures. “I could not present an excessive amount of,” he says.
The calendar, accessible now for $14.99 on-line at VeteransQ.com, formally hits the market on Sunday, Veterans Day, at Ellyn’s Faucet & Grill in Glen Ellyn, with meals, giveaways and a chance to fulfill among the beefcake fashions. Ellyn’s Faucet & Grill can also be donating 20 % of the proceeds from the “BBQ Giveback Meals Menu” to veterans organizations that Veterans Barbecue Inc. helps by donating 100 % of earnings after bills.
A coquettish Jason Kupisch of Cary is Mr. February within the “2019 Barbecue Boy Toys” calendar that includes some well-fed “dad bods.” Steve Lulofs, president of Veterans Barbecue in Huntley, created the calendar as a fundraiser for veterans teams.
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“What is best or funnier than guys with dad bods consuming barbecue meals whereas in boudoir poses?” says Lulofs, who’s a dad to Jackson, 15, Kendall, 9, and Parker, 6, and married to his spouse, Robin.
“This calendar will present us the chance to boost cash for veterans organizations that we help,” mentioned Lulofs, who developed his sauces and rubs as a passion, solely to see it develop right into a enterprise that reaches greater than 200 shops in 10 states. “The only real suggest of our firm is to boost funds for credible veterans organizations whereas placing out nice merchandise.”
This yr, the corporate is donating to 2 charities: TLS Veterans, which operates a transitional residing program in Hebron for 20 homeless veterans and a useful resource heart in McHenry; and the Wounded Warriors in Motion Basis, which gives outside sporting actions without charge to Purple Coronary heart veterans.
Throughout 2004 and 2005, Lulofs was clearing mine fields and offering safety for army convoys in Iraq. “After I got here again from Iraq, I needed to be a part of a group,” Lulofs says.
“I do know that feeling,” says Matt Hoppensteadt, 32, of Batavia, who served within the Air Pressure for greater than six years. “You miss that brotherhood.”
A union pipefitter, Air Pressure veteran and calendar mannequin, Matt Hoppensteadt of Batavia is Mr. June within the “2019 Barbecue Boy Toys” calendar. Bought by Veterans Barbecue in Huntley, the calendar raises cash and consciousness for veterans teams.
– Courtesy of Veterans Barbecue
Hoppensteadt was trying on the Fb web page for Chicago Veterans when he noticed Lulofs’ calendar concept. A union pipe fitter with Native 597, Hoppensteadt is now
Mr. June, shirtless and consuming a pulled pork sandwich.
“My spouse (Megan) used to do modeling when she was youthful and I believed this may be enjoyable to do,” says Hoppensteadt, father to daughters Skylar, 5, and Ashlyn, 2.
Mr. February, 39-year-old Jason Kupisch of Cary, comes from a household of veterans. “I smoke meat and barbecue, and I really like his sauce,” Kupisch says of his outdated fishing buddy, Lulofs. “I eat his stuff on a regular basis, which is why I’ve the physique I do.”
Posed provocatively in shorts and shirtless on a swing, the coquettish Kupisch sports activities a little bit of barbecue sauce on his cheek.
His spouse, Corie, “thought it was hilarious,” says Kupisch, father to Abigail, 6, and her 3-year-old brother, Crosby. “She’s telling everybody she’s married to a calendar mannequin.”