Yahoo! Thursday, July 14 was the DDRC’s annual Stampede Breakfast, and we had a rootin’-tootin’ good time!
We are excited to say that we served 800 breakfasts, and raised more than $1,000 thanks to the generosity of our wonderful guests! Chickweed, a great local band, had people up and dancing during the entire event. Everyone was excited to see the Stampede Queen and Princesses, the Stampede Indian Princess, and Star the pony and Diane from Horses R Cool come by to visit. We were also thrilled that a number of provincial politicians attended our Stampede Breakfast and chatted with our guests, including MLAs Leela Aheer, Greg Clark, Deborah Drever, Richard Gotfried, Sandra Jansen, Brian Malkinson, and Angela Pitt; Minister Irfan Sabir; and Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
There was even a pancake flipping competition between Greg Clark and Nenshi:
It was a beautiful morning in July. The aroma of fresh pancakes and coffee was irresistible to community members passing by the DDRC, and the sizzle of sausages on the griddle served as a welcoming howdy to all who attended the festivities. Nearly 800 guests, dressed to the nines in their finest cowboy boots and Stetsons, flooded our Sarcee Road parking lot to enjoy our rip-roarin’ Stampede Breakfast!
We had some fantastic entertainment and some very special guests show up this year to visit with our clients, employees, volunteers, and community breakfasters. These included Calgary-Currie MLA Christine Cusanelli, the 2014 Stampede Queen and Princesses (Danica Heath, Shannon Black and Stephanie Patterson), the 2014 Stampede Indian Princess (Carly Weasel Child), and Harry the Horse, who posed for photos and chatted with the crowd. We were also lucky enough to have members of the Stampede Promotion Committee making everyone feel welcome by greeting them as they came in, handing out wristbands, and branding our bravest breakfasters with a stamp!
In addition, our trusty friends Terry the Pony and his handler Diane Beaupre from Horses R Cool came by to delight guests of all ages! The line for a photo opportunity with Terry seemed never-ending, but who wouldn’t want to wait for a shot with such a handsome pony?
To everyone who came by to enjoy our Stampede Breakfast, please know that your presence was greatly appreciated. We can’t wait to see y’all again next year!
We want to say a special thank you to all of the businesses who helped out by donating something for the Stampede Breakfast:
Are you looking for a way to give back to the community? There is no more rewarding way to lend a hand than by volunteering for an organization that you are passionate about. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our volunteers to continue being able to provide top-quality programs and services to our clients, and we are currently looking for volunteers for a number of upcoming events:
July 10 (8:00-11:00 am): It’s our annual Stampede Breakfast! We need people to prepare and serve pancakes and sausages, as well as to greet our hungry breakfasters!
August 29 – 31 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm): The DDRC will be running a consession stand at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. We need volunteers to prepare and serve hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks.
September 25 (6:00 – 9:00 pm): Volunteers are needed for a variety of small roles at the 19th annual Inclusion Awards!
November 21 – 22: It’s casino time! Come lend a hand at one of our biggest fundraising events of the year!
For more information, or to sign up, contact the DDRC’s Volunteer and Development Coordinator Austin Clem.