The family-friendly 2019 Slider Throwdown returns to the valley on Sunday, November 17 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Kierland Commons, located at 15205 N. Kierland Boulevard, becomes home to this “battle of the burger” for the afternoon as attendees sample some of the most delicious sliders in the valley while helping the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) in their efforts to support local foster children in need.

“Our mission is to help foster children navigate the difficult and often unchartered waters of foster care by providing them with valuable resources as well as opportunities to participate in childhood activities that promote confidence and independence so they can grow into responsible, happy adults,” says Kris Jacober, executive director of the AFFCF. “With popular events like the Slider Throwdown we are thrilled and grateful to see the public aid in our mission to build up our community’s youth.”

Throughout the event, local food truck vendors will compete for the title of “Best Slider.” Slider experts will judge creative slider entries from participants including Drive Wood Fired Grill, Aioli Burger, Buzz N Bee, Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Food Diva and Petrini’s on the Go. Attendees can also vote on their favorite slider to be honored with the coveted “People’s Choice” Award.

Admission is $35 and includes samples of all sliders plus three drink tickets for redemption of non-alcoholic drinks. A silent auction will take place during the event, with lots of exciting packages to be won, and live music by Lane Change will keep the crowd on their feet.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), which is dedicated to giving foster children the opportunity for “normal” childhoods and prepare them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. The AFFCF needs the community’s help to continue this important work for the more than 13,000 children currently in foster care in the state. Valley residents can do their part while socializing, shopping and sampling tasty sliders by purchasing tickets to the 2019 Slider Throwdown at

To date, the AFFCF has made 50,589 awards totaling nearly $10.6 million to children in foster care in Arizona. These funds go towards assistance in school, music or dance lessons, or sports equipment to ensure each child in foster care in Arizona experiences the kind of childhood every child deserves.

About Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation: Since 1983, the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation has served to promote the self-esteem and enrich the lives of children in foster care in Arizona by providing social, athletic and educational activities that offer them quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. For more information visit