Smiles and Full Bellies Cap Off 1st Annual Stampede BBQ

Members, their friends, family, and anyone else from the community who wanted to join us for some food, conversation, and sunshine were all invited to attend at UFCW 401’s 1st annual Stampede BBQ which was held at the Calgary 401 Members’ Centre on Thursday July 13th.

Event Organizers were thrilled with this first year’s turn out!

Though 150 people RSVP’d, there was double that in attendance! Even so, 401 President Douglas O’Halloran was up for the challenge and ensured there was plenty of food for everyone who turned up.

Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, chips, veggie’s, pop, and water were all provided free of charge.

Guests to the 401 Stampede celebration enjoyed country music, face painting, and a bouncy castle, all accompanied by fabulous western décor, good food, and great conversation.

Various Alberta NDP MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) from the Calgary area were on hand to enjoy the day. In attendance were Michael Connolly (Hawkwood), Jamie Kleinsteuber (Northern Hills), Karen McPherson (Mackay Nose Hill), Robyn Luff (East), Ricardo Miranda (Cross, Minister of Culture and Tourism), Irfan Sabir (McCall, Minister of Community and Social Services), and Deborah Drever (Bow)

CDLC President and 401 member, Alex Shevalier was also able to spend the day with us.

Various individuals and companies donated prizes for the raffle, which raised money for Quest school in Calgary.  Between three Superstores (Signal Hill, Westwinds, and Seton) we were able to create 5 different gift baskets for the draws.  Natural Soap Works of Calgary also donated a beautiful basket of homemade soaps and other natural products.  And Rita O’Halloran donated a tasty basket of homemade preserves and wine.

Thanks to these donations we were able to raise $469.00 for Quest School.

We look forward to the 2nd Annual Stampede BBQ next year and we will see you then!