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DTES BBQ: UGM prepares to serve 5,000 meals, Concert Properties provides support & 75th birthday celebration

Vancouver, BC—As homeless count numbers remain virtually unchanged from 2014, UGM reaches out to those in need as they prepare to serve 5,000 meals at its largest event of the year—the Summer BBQ. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Oppenheimer Park,UGM will be joined by Concert Properties who have helped provide not only the means to offer the event, but 100 of the 200 volunteers needed to run it. This is an extra special year as UGM celebrates 75 years of service with the community.

“At Concert, we take great pride in finding creative ways to give back to the city we call home," said Brian McCauley, Concert’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The work that UGM has done over the past 75 years in Vancouver’s DTES is inspiring – it’s an honour to help them bring their largest event of the year to life along with 100 of my Concert colleagues."

The free community event offers a myriad of family-friendly activities such as a bouncy castle, face painting, a mini-carnival of games, and of course, cotton candy. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the delicious food and tunes by Hot Wax Mobile Music. To celebrate 75 years community support, Concert and UGM have provided a surprise this year—two large special cakes which will be cut and distributed at 12:20PM. Attendees will be able to write their own birthday message or expression of gratitude on cards for display.

Like UGM’s other community events, the BBQ provides a meal and makes the season fun and memorable for so many who struggle day to day, but its potential impact is much more profound. UGM meals are a chance for those struggling with homelessness, addiction and chronic poverty to connect with UGM outreach workers and to become acquainted with the live-saving assistance available to them

Mike Miller was once in that predicament. In 1994 he rolled into Vancouver on a Greyhound bus with $9 in him pocket and hope for a fresh start. He tried to make a life in New Westminster but old habits caught up with him and for a while his home was a newspaper dumpster. He bounced around from job to job but things felt pretty hopeless. Then he discovered meals at UGM.

“It always stood out to me because the food was such high quality,” he explains.  “It was really nice to know that people cared enough to serve me gravy on a hamburger or a hearty soup with meat and real vegetables.”

Through the provision of meals, Mike was felt loved and cared for. It gave him the courage to turn to UGM for further help as he entered the alcohol and drug recovery program in 1996. Today Mike has been clean and sober for almost two decades, and serves as UGM New Westminster’s Head Cook, bringing hope and help through meals like the Summer BBQ.

 

EVENT DETAILS

 

WHEN
Saturday, July 18, 2015; 11:00am – 3:30pm

WHERE
Oppenheimer Park @ Cordova and Powell between Dunlevy and Jackson

(A New Westminster BBQ will occur Friday, August 14)

THE MEAL

  • 5,000 hamburgers
  • 5,000 smokies
  • 1,500 lbs coleslaw
  • 1,500 lbs pasta salad
  • 5,000 cans of pop
  • 5,000 Freezies

 

SPECIAL MOMENT/VISUAL

  • At12:20PM there will be a (very) short birthday celebration
  • A large, special cake will be brought out, and Concert’s Brian McCauley will say a few words as well as UGM’s Bill Mollard.
  • The cake will be cut and served to the community

 

HOT WEATHER

  • UGM will provide sunscreen as available to BBQ attendees.

 

MINIMIZING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
UGM is continuing to work at an area that both Concert and UGM are passionate about—being better stewards of the environment. Working with Recyclable Alternatives, UGM will have six recycling stations to keep organics out of landfills.

 

SPONSORS

  • Concert Properties
  • Canadian Web Hosting
  • The 700 Club Canada

 

About Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for 75 years. Through its seven locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counselling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To learn more, visit www.ugm.ca.

About Concert
With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, Concert is an award-winning diversified real estate enterprise with expertise in developing rental, condominium and seniors housing; developing and acquiring commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties; and property management. www.ConcertProperties.com

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