City of Bryan to Host 10th Annual Hamburger Cookout

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unnamedThe City of Bryan will host its 10th Annual Hamburger Cookout benefiting the United Way of the Brazos Valley on Friday, Dec. 9. The event will be held at Sue Haswell Park located at 1142 East William J. Bryan Parkway in Bryan from 11am to 1pm, rain or shine.

The “Who’s Who” of the City of Bryan including Police Chief Eric Buske and Fire Chief Randy McGregor will serve up the burgers to be cooked by Deputy City Managers Joey Dunn and Hugh Walker and Public Works Director Jayson Barfknecht along with fellow city employees.

“Everyone in the community is invited to come out and purchase a hamburger plate for five dollars, which consists of a burger with all the trimmings, chips, a cookie, and a drink,” shares Eric Zaragoza, co-chair of the City’s UWBV Campaign Committee. “If you need to grab your lunch and go, we will have to-go boxes as well. The proceeds generated from this event go right back into helping our local community so every donation is genuinely appreciated.”

“The City of Bryan’s campaign is focused on providing information on how United Way of the Brazos Valley and its partners advocate for education, financial stability, and health of every person in our community,” added Co-Chair Alsie Bond. “Our employees are generous in nature and volunteer both their time and talents in numerous ways to benefit the community as a whole. This is one more opportunity to be a part of something outside the daily scope of their jobs.”

During the UWBV’s 2016 Community Campaign, businesses across the seven-county region are encouraged to implement workplace campaigns, like the cookout, that give employees an opportunity to become involved and support local needs by donating to the United Way of the Brazos Valley and its eighteen partner agencies.

Cary Baker, the executive director for Scotty’s House (a UWBV partner agency that provides services to children who have experienced abuse and neglect), encourages donations to the campaign during the cookout. “The funds [Scotty’s House] receives from United Way of the Brazos Valley help us fight against child abuse. We can’t change what has happened to the child but we can change what happens next. By donating to the Community Campaign, you are ensuring that children can move past the trauma and live healthy lives. This would not be possible without the help of the United Way.”

The event will also feature a short program from Alison Prince, president of UWBV, as well as other UWBV partner agencies and a “Just Desserts” contest featuring homemade employee specialties. These desserts will be auctioned afterwards and the proceeds will benefit the UWBV.