Race Against Hunger BBQ raises more than $16,500 for Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank

Encana’s President and CEO Doug Suttles (far right) helped Encana staff volunteers serve up lunch in support of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.

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With generous support from Calgary staff, Encana’s recent Race Against Hunger barbecue, held on July 7, raised over $16,500, including 440 pounds of food, in support of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.

Attending this year’s event, which kicked off Stampede week, were Doug Suttles, Encana CEO, the Calgary Food Bank’s CEO James McAra and Steve Mesler, U.S. Olympic bobsledding gold medalist and President & CEO of Classroom Champions. Grande Prairie’s own Brad Sims shared his musical talents and Gibbs, an Encana sponsored black Labrador retriever with the Calgary Fire Department and his partner, Calgary Fire Investigator Tony Bund, also made an appearance.

Encana’s Race Against Hunger program was started five years ago to address a need in our operating communities during the summer months when demand on local food banks often exceeds donations. The Calgary barbecue follows Encana’s Race Against Hunger event in Grande Prairie, where eight teams made up of firefighters, cowboys, elected officials, wrestlers and community volunteers all raced grocery carts up the aisles of the local Coop. With Encana’s Matching Program, $11,915 and 4,918 pounds of food was raised and donated to the local food banks of Sexsmith, Wembley, Hythe and Beaverlodge.

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