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Stunning success at the 33rd Annual Sunset BBQ

Posted on June 15, 2023

The morning of June 7 you could feel the buzz of anticipation in the air.

The uncertain eyes of staff looked to the sky waiting to see if the grey clouds would fade away, hoping to see sunnier skies appear and, just as last year, FortWhyte’s 33rd annual Sunset BBQ presented by PCL Construction was held under the only blue sky seen for days in Winnipeg.

It was under this shining sky that FortWhyte Alive’s annual Sunset BBQ beat its record for the second year and raised over $240,000 for environmental education at FortWhyte Alive! Throughout the evening guests enjoyed delicious food and amazing company on Winnipeg’s only lakeside patio as they bid on prizes in silent and live auctions, and made generous commitments to sponsor youth employment and sponsor field trips to FortWhyte. Because of this generosity we will be able to welcome thousands of students who may not otherwise have access to nature education – or even nature.

Seated crowd with many hands raised

This beautiful event was made possible thanks to our Sunset BBQ Planning Committee, an amazing group of philanthropists and supporters who shared their time and resources, to make this event possible: Co-chairs Sydney Richardson and Micah Sifton LaLeune, Nancy Cipryk, Melanie Gerodias-Mitchell, Kathryn Gompf, Tammy Johnson, Kirsten McConnell, Kristin Parrish, Phalyn Powell, Hilary Rankin, Zoe Richardson, Jennifer Thiessen, Brittney Winter, and Liz Wilson.

2023 Sunset BBQ planning committee poses on picnic bench

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who helped at all stages of this event from folding napkins, carefully cutting up cards and papers, setting tables, and helping to collect funds raised throughout the evening and to LaFarge Canada for your help with the heavy lifting setting up tables.

Thank you to Spruce Catering by Diversity Foods Services for creating and executing a stunning menu and for your continued high level of service.

Thank you to Doug Harvey for sharing your time as our emcee, putting smiles on faces with your jokes and sharing your love of FortWhyte Alive with the crowd.

Doug Harvey does silly pose at podium

On behalf of the FortWhyte Alive Board, organizing committee, staff and volunteers, and the students and visitors who visit each day we would like to say thank you to everyone who supported this event!

You are making a difference. You make environmental education possible at FortWhyte Alive.

Man stands among seated crowd with arms out

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:
PCL Construction

Thanks to our Evening Sponsors:
Maple Leaf Construction
LaFarge Canada
James Richardson & Sons, Limited
Johnston Group
Pearson Pollard Family
Carolyn Sifton Foundation
Cipryk Family

Thanks to our Lakeside Sponsors:
Filmore Riley
Independent Jewellers Ltd
Winnipeg Building and Decorating Ltd.

Thanks to our Outdoor Sponsor:
Ken & Lesley Powell
(non attending)

Many thanks to James and Leney Richardson, Sydney Richardson, Kristin Parrish, and Zoe Richardson.

Special thanks to Healey Visual, Kenaston Wine Market, Jasperson’s Greenhouse, and Coal & Canary, Pop Cart, and Trans Canada Brewing for their contributions to the evening.

Woman smiling holds winning ticket in air
Two women smile at camera
Silent auction prizes on table
Tables on patio set with place settings on white tablecloth
People hug among crowd
Buffet of various foods
People shake hands among tables set for dinner.
Tables of people sit on deck.
Flowerpot centrepiece on set table
People seated around table smile at camera.
Group of people stands smiling at camera
People pose smiling at table
Pop Cart staff pose near their mobile cooler and sign.