Union Gospel Mission Summer BBQ

Date(s) - July 14, 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Oppenheimer Park

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Summer BBQ Gives Downtown Eastside Opportunity to Celebrate Summer

Vancouver, B.C — Naomi Gabriel and her 5-year old daughter are desperate for a sense of summer joy. Amidst a sea of sadness and grief, The Downtown Eastside family is looking forward to a summer break.

“We’ve had a lot of friends and family members pass away down here – including my child’s father just before Christmas,” Naomi shares. “We need positive stuff, we need happy times.”

As a single mom on disability, Naomi can’t often treat her daughter to summer celebrations. But that will change this Saturday, July 14th, when UGM’s Summer BBQ sets up shop in Oppenheimer Park. The event will provide up to 4,000 meals for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. With over 73% of kids living below the poverty line in the Downtown Eastside, family focused fun like bouncy castles, face painting and a mini-carnival of games will provide a taste of summer magic.

“Our community has seen a lot of devastating loss and heartache this year,” says UGM’s Nicole Mucci. “So providing a BBQ to build happy memories and restore hope is especially important. Especially for children like Naomi’s daughter, who deserve to feel excited about Summer.”

The event is made possible by Rogers Sugar Vancouver of Lantic Inc., which operates just around the corner from UGM.

“The summer BBQ, for us at Rogers Sugar, is a humbling experience,” says Gary Mustvedt. “It raises our awareness of those in the Downtown Eastside and serves as a driver to lend a hand, or a kind word to those who need it.”

“There’ll be a lot of comfort at the BBQ,” says Naomi. “It’s something we look forward to.”


DATE:    Saturday, July 14th, 2018
TIME:    11–4 (Meals served from 11-3)
WHERE:   Oppenheimer Park  


  •       4,000 Hamburgers
  •       4,000 Smokies
  •       1,250 lbs. Coleslaw
  •       1,250 lbs. Pasta Salad
  •       4,000 Bottles of Water
  •       4,000 Freezies

Rogers Sugar Vancouver of Lantic Inc.

Nicole Mucci


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