Approximately 500 friends of Bob spent a recent sunny Saturday hanging out by the bay and pool of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club when the venue was open to the public for the 13th Annual “Rib Off” to benefit the Dr. Robert Kemper Medical Award Scholarship program.
Guests enjoyed live music from Exit Left and spins courtesy of DJ Yoe as they cheered for their favorite barbecue rib masters.
“It’s really about community, celebrating friendships old and new,” said Rosa Kemper, the spouse of the foundation namesake.
Dr. Kemper passed way too soon in 2011 at the age of 46 from cancer. Friends and loved ones began the scholarship philanthropy to honor and preserve the legacy of the community minded beloved resident.
This year’s scholarship recipient was Florida International University School of Medicine student, Amara Fazai.
“Bob Kemper loved practicing medicine in this community and we feel it’s appropriate to partner with the Rib Off as a fundraiser and celebration,” said founder Dr. Eugenio Rothe.
This year the judges declared a tie for first place with “Beach City BBQ” and “McLovin” taking top honors.
There seemed to be an easy going camaraderie among all the teams.
“I’m thrilled to see new winners, there are a lot of good teams that contribute every year,” said another one of the original founders, York Flik.
Tom Weber of Team “Salt and Peppa” did not win the cup nor even honorable mention, but his enthusiasm was as electric as his psychedelic cat t-shirt.
“I won by just showing up this morning!” said Weber.
According to organizer Manny Rionda, the first place trophy does exist…but it has yet to be located.
“There’s a trophy, but it’s always missing,” said Rionda.
It was clear after hours of fun in the sun by the bay, as guests enjoyed tasty barbeque and sides courtesy of the Yacht Club, and the euphoric winners were announced to a picture-perfect sunset---it wasn’t about the trophy.
It was the grand embodiment of the Bob Kemper Spirit living on.