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Table for 2000: Christmas Block party and dinner hosted by UGM and Glowbal Collection Restaurants

Vancouver, BC—Thousands of Downtown Eastside residents will enjoy a world-class Christmas event on Monday, December 17, 2012, when Union Gospel Mission hosts Table for 2000, a festive, free culinary feast made possible by the generosity and volunteer-time of celebrated local restaurant group, Glowbal Restaurants. Guests will be serenaded by live entertainment as they feast during this fourth annual event. The entire dinner is designed to give Downtown Eastside residents a unique and delicious Christmas dining experience.
To accommodate so many guests, Union Gospel Mission will raise a massive, heated tent outside of its building on Princess Avenue between Hastings and Cordova, seating several hundred people at a time. The spacious environment will ensure that guests don’t feel rushed as they enjoy hearty, fresh, custom-made creations from Glowbal’s gourmet chefs.
At the end of the evening, guests will depart with a bag full of goodies and a hand-written card from UGM’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program alumni, to help add some holiday cheer to their Christmas season.
UGM will offer a shopping cart valet service, so that guests can relax and dine leisurely with the knowledge that their belongings are secure. The SPCA will be on-hand to care for and feed dogs and other pets.
The Details
WHERE: Princess Avenue between Hastings and Cordova, beside Union Gospel Mission (601 East Hastings). The street will closed to traffic for this event.
WHEN: Monday, December 17, 2012; 3:00pm – 7:00pm
             The first shift of volunteers begins at 2:00pm
HIGHLIGHTS:
•Over 200 Glowbal servers, chefs, hosts and community members are collaborating to make this event possible
•Music from the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band
•Music from Hot Club of Mars jazz band
•Music from the Vancouver Academy of Music
•Appearance from Santa Claus
 
MEDIA:  Interested journalists are welcome. The first meal is served just after 3:00 pm. Planning a live broadcast? A heads-up is appreciated to Keela or Laura (contact details)
CONTACTS:
Union Gospel Mission
Keela Keeping
T: (604) 215-5445 ext. 359
C: (604) 996-1417
Glowbal Restaurant Group
Laura Serena
Immedia PR
T: (604) 408-6511
ABOUT 
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 8 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, 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 find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.
12/12/2012
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