One big thank you!

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September is here! And as is tradition, we spent the first Wednesday of the month (when the program is closed) preparing for and celebrating at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party.

Bruce and his wife at the beginning of the party.

As the party continued, more people trickled in.

Francis and his wife hoping to win big.

Everyone enjoying the abundance of food.

Willard and his wife.

This celebration is one way that we thank our volunteers for all the work they do year round to help the thousands of people who come to us for food. We pause, and say a big thank you to all of our volunteers—not just the ones at the party—who contributed approximately 15,000 hours to the program in 2009, and who continue to amaze us with their dedication in 2010.

As usual the BBQ and ensuring celebration was a huge success.  Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church was kind enough to let us use their gymnasium and kitchen for the event for the third year in a row.   In the past we hosted the event at our facilities on Guelph Street  and the parking lot which was a logistical nightmare, so thank you!

Another massive shout-out needs to be given to the businesses in our region that provided donations for the annual volunteer raffle. Almost every volunteer who attended walked away with something.  Everyone has a lot of fun with this event and it would not have been possible without the generosity of the following establishments:
Boston Pizza (the locations at 597 King Street North and 721 Ottawa Street)
Canadian Tire at 1400 Ottawa Street South
The Children’s Museum at 10 King Street West
Crossroads Restaurant
Earthwinds at 42 King Street South
Frederick Brunswick Bowling
The Future Shop at 580 King Street North
Galaxy Cinemas at 550 King Street North
McDonald’s at 55 Northfield Drive
Starbucks at 95 King Street
Ten Thousand Villages at 80 King Street South
Tim Hortons at 197 Frederick Street
Walmart at Fairview Mall

Also thanks to Flourish, the local floral company that kindly contributed (and hand delivered) the beautiful sunflower centerpieces for the tables.  They really brightened the evening.

Finally, thank you to everyone who helped ensure the evening ran smoothly. To all the current and former staff, family and friends, your assistance was much appreciated!

Team BBQ work their magic. Thank you to Eby Village and Charles Village for lending us their equipment!

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3 Responses to “One big thank you!”

  1. michele scott Says:

    sniff! sniff! looks like everyone had a great time!

  2. Volunteer Spotlight: Martin « Hofemergencyfoodassistance's Blog Says:

    […] impressed by your tremendous lucky streak, which has allowed you to win a prize each year at our Volunteer Party. You have a big heart and we can never say enough about how thankful we are for all your support, […]

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