Rock ‘N’ Ribs celebrates its second year |

Rock ‘N’ Ribs celebrates its second year

by Sarah Hauck

After what was called a "blow out" last year, Bill and Rocky Barth are at it again to raise money for their Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation.

The Barths are hosting the second annual Rock 'N' Ribs fundraiser concert and dinner 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at St. Gall Pastoral Community Center in Gardnerville.

"We've had people asking us when the next one is," Bill said of last year's event. "Everyone is ready to go again."

The event will be very similar to last year's with a free concert and a chicken and ribs dinner.

Entertainment will be provided by Lacy J. Dalton, All Hat No Cattle, Liz and Dale and a fourth group added this year.

"The support and turn out of the community last year encouraged us to do it again," Rocky said.

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Dinner is $20.

Tickets are available for pre-purchase at various locations in Minden and Gardnerville.

A silent auction and raffle will also take place with prizes such as a stay at the Venetian in Las Vegas complete with show tickets and a dinner with Wolfgang Puck.

All of the auction and raffle items are contributions from local businesses.

All proceeds from the dinner tickets as well as the silent auction items will go directly to Bill and Rocky's Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation.

The Barths created their foundation when it was brought to their attention at a youth soccer game, that sunscreen was not seen as important.

Bill is a two-time skin cancer survivor and knows the damage skin cancer can do.

"It is important for kids to learn to put sunscreen on," Rocky said. "One burn can turn into cancer years down the road."

Bill and Rocky wanted to create a program that would help educate children kindergarten through eighth grade on skin cancer awareness and the importance of sun safety.

Partnered with Dr. Ann Haas, Bill created Molly Mole to be the mascot of their foundation.

Molly Mole appears in educational coloring books that are age appropriate for children.

"With a dermatologist, my funds and knowledge we were able to put this together," Bill said.

The coloring books have been distributed to more than 6,000 schools nationwide as well as foreign countries.

Douglas County elementary and middle schools are the target focus for Bill and Rocky's books.

To encourage Douglas County schools to take the time to use the materials to teach sun safety, the first Sun Smart Kids Cool School Molly Award has been instated by Bill and Rocky's foundation.

The Molly Award as the Barth's call it, awards one elementary or middle school in the Douglas County area with a minimum of $2,000 for exemplary sun safety education.

Bill explained that the award will be $2,000, but whatever money they make at their event will also go towards the award, topping off at a total of $5,000.

Schools will have to fill out an application, available Aug. 16, to be eligible for the award.

"Rocky and myself with some board members will decide who deserves the award," Bill said.

The Molly Award is not the only new addition to the Rock 'N' Ribs event.

A farm open house will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Bella Vista Farm, 2685 Billy's Road in Minden.

"We want people to be able to see what is funding the (Rock 'N' Ribs) event," Rocky said.

At the open house people will see the growth that is taking place at the Bella Vista Farm.

After losing over 4,000 berry plants last year to the harsh Northern Nevada winters and summers, the Barths have begun building four green houses on their 10 acre farm.

"The green houses will provide year-round protection so that the farm can be producing out of season produce year-round," Bill said.

A farmer's market is in the works to showcase and sell these new, high-value vegetables.

Planting will take place next year once construction of the 30-by-80-foot green houses is complete.

Five hundred corn plants will be planted in a special quarter-acre field that Rocky and Bill have set aside.

"Whatever we grow we will give away," Bill said.

Each year this piece of the farm will be planted to a different crop to benefit the community.

"This is something we just want to do," Rocky said.

New produce and a farmer's market will also be coupled with a general store that Rocky is currently working on.

The Barths have converted a three-stall horse barn into a spacious general store.

"We are hoping to carry different and unique products in here as well as antiques and a snack bar," Rocky said.

She is hoping to have the general store ready for the open house event.

Bill and Rocky are doing all of the expansion, event planning, as well as funding for the Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation on their own.

The proceeds from the event will go directly back into the foundation as well as anything that the Bella Vista Farm produces.

Bill and Rocky are hopeful that this year's event will be just as successful as last year's.

"We know this one and here on out will be successful," Bill said.

Pre-purchase tickets for the dinner are available at Tahoe Ridge Winery, The Wildflower, Louie's Mandarin Chinese, Especially for You and Nyon's Salon for $20.

For information, call 230-4065 or email

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