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Program and Live Auction

9600 Wright Drive, Midland TX 79706

Unlock Ministries dba Opportunity Tribe is a federally recognized 501 nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax exempt.


Lead Sponsor: $25,000 (Check preferred)
Send over 60 kids to camp and receive 2 tables of 6 people & 300 raffle tickets!
Company recognition on all media outlets. (New Marquee! Website, social media, and mail-outs)
See below for the Grand Prize raffle details. (+$876.59 fee by credit card). Sales end on 9/26/2022

Life-Changing Sponsor: $5,000 (Check preferred)
Send over 12 kids to camp and receive 1 table for 6 people & 60 raffle tickets!
Company recognition on most media outlets. (New Marquee! Website and social media)
See below for the Grand Prize raffle details. (+$176.59 fee by credit card). Sales end on 9/26/2022

Luminary Sponsor: $3,000 (Check preferred)
Send over 7 kids to camp and receive 1 table for 6 people & 30 raffle tickets!
Company recognition on online media outlets.
See below for the Grand Prize raffle details. (+$106.59 fee by credit card). Sales end on 9/26/2022

Life of the Party Sponsor: $400
Send a kid to camp and receive tickets for 2 people & 2 raffle tickets!
These tickets go on sale 9/1/22.  See below for the Grand Prize raffle details. (+$15.59 fee by credit card). Sales end on 9/26/2022

Grand Prize: 

Ultimate Tailgate Trip
Value: Priceless

Friday November 19 — Monday, Nov 22

A weekend in Kansas City for the Cowboys vs Chiefs football game, 3 nights hotel accommodation, VIP Parking, airfare & car rental! 

What’s included? 

2 Club Level seats: Dallas Cowboys vs Kansas City Chiefs (Game time: Sunday, 11/21, 3:25pm)

2 Airline tickets (You pick the specific flights)

Free VIP Parking

– 3 nights stay at the Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection

Grand Prize #2: 

Big Pig Trailer Rig
Value: $6,500+

What’s included? 

– The Big Pig Trailer Rig is the best mobile smoker and grill money can buy! 

– Start your grill at the push of button on your mobile phone!

See details here!

Grand Prize #3: 

Tech Tailgate Weekend

What’s included? 

– 4 tickets to Tech vs OSU

– 2 nights at a hotel

– Custom Hand made solid wood Tech corn hole set



Some possible prizes include:

Brazilian Churrasco Dinner
CAF Christmas Lights Flight
Cinnamon Rolls for a Year
Dallas VIP Weekend
Golf Bucket List
Mountain Luxury Ranch
Steak Party
Ultimate Beach Dream
Wild Wild West Mystery Boxes
And more!

Meet the Chefs

Entrée Division

Defending Champion:
Chip Hight with Opal’s Table

Photo of Chef Chip Hight with Opal’s Table
Photo of a meal from Opal's

Biography coming soon.

Chef Aaron Lesley

Opportunity Tailgate Champion 2021

Photo of Chef Aaron Lesley with Midland Meat Company
Photo of a brisket from Midland Meat Company Half Acre

Chef Aaron Lesley, founder of Texas Oil Dust, is a last minute substitution for Johnny Vandergriff. Aaron is a BBQ pit master at Midland Meat Company and is ranked in the top 20 in America. Known for his seasonings (aka, Texas Oil Dust), Aaron has been smoking, grilling and catering for 11 years and competing in BBQ competitions for the past 6 years. Aaron will be competing for the national championship later this year. He loves spreading the love of wagyu beef through Midland Meat Company and representing the Scharbauer family as much as possible. You can find him cooking locally at the 1/2 Acre Restaurant at 1101 Washita, Midland, TX 79705.

Chef Michael Olivas with Exquisite Catering

Opportunity Tailgate Champion 2020

Photo of Chef Michael Olivas with Exquisite Catering
Photo of steaks on a grill from Exquisite Catering
Champion! Chef Michael has always loved and had in interest in food. At age 12, he began working in his aunt’s restaurant at the Hotel Limpia Dining room. By 14, he was trained and shaped by chefs on the line and soon took a lead role in the kitchen. In 2003, Michael graduated from Fort Davis and moved to the Rio Grande Valley to study culinary arts. He received his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts in 2005 and went to work at H-E-B as the Department Manager for the Cooking Connection. In 2013, he launched his own business, Exquisite Catering, and has had the pleasure of catering all kinds of small and large events as well as destination weddings. 

Appetizer Division

Chef Mario Sosa with Bubba’s 33

Defending Appetizer champion 2022

Photo of Chef Mario Sosa with Bubba’s 33
Photo of Bubba's burger and fries

Mario Sosa has been the Managing Partner of Bubbas 33 since July, 2021. Previously, he managed multiple restaurants and businesses like Cinergy and Whataburger. Mario brings a down to earth flair and soul food feel to his food. We’re excited to have last year’s Appetizer Champion back to the Tailgate!

New Competitors

Chef Ariel Godoy with Cork & Pig

Photo of Chef Ariel with Cork and Pig Tavern

Chef Ariel Godoy has been working for Chef Driven Restaurants (Cork & Pig Tavern and Red Oak Kitchen) since 2016. Under the guidance and training of Executive Chef Felipe Armenta, Ariel has become an absolute powerhouse in the kitchen. Originally from El Salvador, Chef Ariel began work in his family’s restaurants as a young kid. He has continued to grow and elevate his skills, here in the U.S. beginning as a line cook and now as the Culinary Manager. His favorite thing to cook is any kind of pasta, especially lasagna.

Chef Popcorn with King & I

Photo of Chef Popcorn with King and I
Photo of a noodle dish from The King and I

Biography coming soon.

Special Guest

Chef Alejandro Barrientos with Curbside Bistro

Photo of Chef Alejandro Barrientos with Curbside Bistro
Photo of food plate from Curbside Bistro

Chef Alejandro Barrientos loves to cook and lets his food do the talking for him. He also loves Instagram and you can find all kinds of savory treats here.
Being on the show, “Beat Bobby Flay” was a dream come true for Chef Alejandro.


Since 2002, Opportunity Tribe has been helping great kids succeed through Op Camp. For over 19 years, the United Way of Midland has been generous supporters of Op Camp because they SEE THE RESULTS. Kids come back from camp happier, more confident and ready to take on their challenges. Not only that, but EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL has sent kids to Op Camp! Your school counselor can tell you all about it.

Here’s what parents and campers have to say about Opportunity Tribe.