City of Bryan Hosts 11th Annual Hamburger Cookout Benefiting United Way

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The City of Bryan will host its 11th annual hamburger cookout benefiting the United Way of the Brazos Valley on Friday, Oct. 13. The event will be at the Sue Haswell Park Pavilion, located at 1142 East William J. Bryan Parkway,  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 the 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,” says 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 provides employees the opportunity to join the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley,” says Alison Prince, UWBV president and CEO. United Way joins with 18 local nonprofit organizations to address the community’s most critical social issues. “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,” says Co-Chair Jill Schauer.

During the United Way’s 2017 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.

Lynn Clary Yeager, executive director of The Prenatal Clinic, a UWBV partner agency that provides community-centered prenatal care and health education to low-income pregnant women, asks everyone to thoughtfully consider making a donation to the Community Campaign during the cookout. “The hope for every family is that their children grow up healthy, successful and self-sufficient,” says Yeager. “Ensuring that all moms receive comprehensive medical care during pregnancy is a great start towards having healthy babies. In 2016, doctors at The Prenatal Clinic provided care to 731 pregnant women and helped 339 families welcome babies into their homes. Your donation to the Community Campaign in support of United Way partner agencies such as The Prenatal Clinic will make a difference in the lives of families right here in our own community.”

The event will also feature a short program from Alison Prince as well as other UWBV partner agencies, and a “Just Desserts” auction featuring homemade employee specialties and sweets donated by locally-owned businesses. All proceeds from the cookout and dessert auction directly benefit the UWBV.

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