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Jun 2012

KPDC’s Annual Barbecue Sets an All-time Record for Fundraising

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KPDC’s Annual Barbecue Sets an All-time Record for Fundraising

 Donna Henry,  President – Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc.


By any account, Kilcona Park Dog Club’s 6th Annual BBQ and Fundraiser was an overwhelming success!

KPDC raised a record net profit of $1,800 through the sale of food and beverages, raffle and 50/50 tickets, sponsorships and memberships. A warm welcome to all our new members!

KPDC Director of Membership Lee-Ann Zacharias

Photo Credit – Toni Zacharias

After weeks of rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, the weather was perfect. Thanks to our members and everyone else who came out to support the event!

A great day for a barbecue!

Photo credit – Colleen Blouin

A great day for dogs and their people to mingle, laugh and enjoy the day…

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias

…and chill…

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias

…and chow down on the best barbecue fare in town!

Photo credit – Colleen Blouin

Erin and Sara

Photo Credit – Vince Pahkala


Photo Credit – Vince Pahkala


Once again JD Hoggs lived up to its reputation as a purveyor of high-quality custom smoked meat. Jerry’s deliciously enormous (and enormously delicious) gluten and lactose-free sausages, hotdogs and burgers were a huge hit and by 3 o’clock were completely sold out.


Left to right – Volunteers Phil Werbiski and Maegan Carbotte, Director of Marketing Jeff Henry, Director of Events Gerald Carbotte and customers.

Photo credit Lee-Ann Zacharias


Rush hour traffic at Food Services

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias


“JD Hoggs’ custom-smoked pig ears rule!”

Photo Credit – Colleen Blouin

“OMG, did you try Sub-Zeros doggy ice cream cones!!”

Winnipeg Animal Services “Adorable Adoptables”, Elmer and Flynn

Photo Credit – Colleen Blouin


Our great volunteers play a key role in making our Annual BBQ the highlight of the doggy social season at Kilcona.

KPDC issues a special commendation to Certified Food Handler Maegan Carbotte for overseeing the kitchen operations to ensure the safe storage, preparation and handling of food, and to Craig Handkamer and Justin Davis whose mastery of the grill keeps people coming back year after year.

Legendary grill masters Craig Handkamer and Justin Davis

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias


A big thanks to Wayne L’Esperance, who once again donated his tent, providing welcome shade for those manning the membership, gaming and food ticket tables;

Phil Werbiski, for setting up, taking down and keeping things going smoothly during rush hour at the serving station;

Toni Zacharias (photography) and Al Bartlett for selling food, memberships and gaming tickets;

Barb Handkamer for her exceptional marketing skills (the pig ears sold out!);

Darcy’s Arc volunteer Tara Bucklaschuk (and Rufus)

June Hickson of Sagkeeng Spay-Neuter Iniative Program (SSNIP)

Friends Fundraising for Animal Shelters (FFAS) volunteers Barb Maguire, Shirley Merritt and Karen J.


Left to right – Staff and volunteers of Winnipeg Animal Services, and Darcy’s Arc and FFAS volunteers

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias

Thanks for to the following people for coming out and participating in the event:

Pet Valu’s Stacey Cameron and Tobie Malawski;

Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp – Theresa, Deb and John and Hermine Moehring, and Chase and Judy Mistelbacher;

Mobile Paws’ owners Gilbert Ocampo and Leno Guzman;

Lorna Verschoore and the adorable adoptables of Winnipeg Animal Services

A special thanks to Kilcona Park Foreman Mark Storimans and park staff Ron Gilkes and Leslie Eng for filling in the giant muddy pothole in the picnic area, bringing in extra tables and litter baskets, and taking out the trash.


Pet Valu’s Stacey Cameron with free treats and a line-up of adoring customers.

Photo Credit – Vince Pahkala


Theresa Moehring, owner of KPDC’s corporate Gold Sponsor, Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp

Photo credit – Lee-Ann Zacharias


KPDC’s Board of Directors acknowledges the club’s corporate Platinum and Gold Sponsors whose on-going financial and logistical support for the club and its events is invaluable in furthering the work of our community-based non-profit organization

We offer our sincere thanks to our Platinum Sponsor:

Pet Valu (Reenders and Rivergrove locations)


We offer our sincere thanks to our Gold Sponsors (alphabetical order)

Alpine Animal Hospital
Corporate Source Inc.
Dogfather Pet Services
Interior Auto Body
JD Hoggs Meat and Sausage Company
McPhillips Animal Hospital
Mobile Paws
Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp

KPDC’s Board of Directors also acknowledges the financial support of Event Sponsors North Kildonan City Councillor, Jeff Browaty, and Garth Hosegood and Hosegood’s IGA. Thank you for helping to make this year’s BBQ and Fundraiser such a success!


Photo credit – Vince Pahkala


Thanks to Colleen Blouin, Vince Pahkala, Lee-Ann Zacharias and Toni Zacharias for sharing their photos.


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