Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade Sponsors Make Special Donations
The Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade's business sponsors have stepped up to help the Barrhaven Food Cupboard in a big way. Regretfully, due to high winds, they had to cancel the parade for the first time in 19 years. They looked into rescheduling it but, given that there are several hundred people involved in the operation of an event of this size and complexity as well as numerous City departments, it was not possible.
The annual parade is a major fundraiser for the BFC and they are very short on supplies this year. "While the Barrhaven Food Cupboard took a major hit in its fundraising efforts due to the cancellation of the parade, our generous sponsors rose to the occasion and donated the unused sponsorship dollars. We are pleased to announce that an $8000 donation is being made to the BFC, which matches the amount raised during last year's parade", announced Andrea Steenbakkers, Executive Director of the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area. "We ask that you please support these local businesses that give back to the community", adds Steenbakkers;
MYERS Toyota/Hyundai/Volkswagen, Tomlinson, Ross Independent, Trade Secrets, Heart & Crown Barrhaven, Surgenor Barrhaven, Tim Hortons, Southpointe Dental, Goodlife Fitness, Primo Storage, Dean Ryans, Mattamy Homes, Allstate, Wind Mobile, Barrhaven Legion, Barrhaven Lions Club, Marlene L. Grant Professional Corporation, Barrhaven Optometric, Mr. Lube, Royal LePage Team Realty and Ottawa Special Events.
In addition, they are donating $400 to each registered school, as a token of their appreciation for contributing to great community spirit.
For 2017, our 20th Anniversary parade and 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are planning a spectacular event! We are moving the date to a Saturday evening, November 18th, for the first time. We will also have a smaller indoor event prepared as a back up in the rare case that we need to cancel again if there is very heavy snow accumulation, ice rain or high winds. Happy holidays everyone!
- Press Release BBIA – Nov 29, 2016