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Big Bob’s Picnic in the [Hallway]

mmmm, ice cream
mmmm, ice cream

A steady downpour couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Mount Royal community that came out for the 31st annual Big Bob’s BBQ on May 23. Proceeds from this event support the Transitional Vocational Programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

The BBQ is normally held outdoors by the pond and is an unofficial start to summer at MRU. If it rains, as it certainly did this year, it is held indoors on Main Street.

William Delong, a TVP student who graduated in 2008, spoke about the program as a life-changing experience and thanked the TVP staff for their support and guidance. He is now a full-time cashier at the Dalhousie Safeway.

“Dare to dream big,” William said. “You never know where it’s going to take you.”

Big Bob’s BBQ (named after Bob Charlton, an MRU retiree who tirelessly supported and continues to support TVP) features a picnic lunch, entertainment and – the big draw – door prizes donated by the MRSA, MRFA, several Mount Royal departments and local businesses.

The Cappy Smart Fire Band got things off to a rousing start.
The Cappy Smart Fire Band got things off to a rousing start.

The Cappy Smart Fire Band and the Bow Valley Fiddlers, a division of the Calgary Fiddlers, performed.

There were over 30 door prizes ranging from floral arrangements donated by the Faculty of Continuing Education to an e-reader from the BookStore to gift certificates from nearby Local 002 pub and Wild Rose Brewery.

Crystal Stus of Career Services won a set of patio furniture valued at $500, donated by Gordon Lloyd and the SAIT carpentry program at the Calgary Correctional Centre.

Susan Rutherford of Enrolment Services won a weekend at the Delta Kananaskis valued at $400, donated by the Mount Royal Staff Association and Delta Hotels.

Luisa Cruz-Milette of Continuing Education won a $450 Costco gift card donated by the Mount Royal Faculty Association. MRFA also donated a wheeled cooler, which was won by Darlene Hess.

The TVP has raised over $90,000 and supported 5000 students since it began in 1980.

View more photos from the event here.

by Karen McCarthy

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