City of Bryan Hosting Hamburger Cookout to Benefit United Way of the Brazos Valley

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BRYAN - The City of Bryan Employee United Way Campaign Committee, who has hosted a fundraiser benefiting the United Way of the Brazos Valley for over ten years, will host its annual hamburger cookout on Friday, Oct. 18. The event will be held at Sue Haswell Park in Bryan, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., regardless of weather conditions.

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, Public Works Director Jayson Barfknecht and other city employees.

Anyone in the community is invited to attend and purchase a hamburger plate for $5, which consists of a burger, chips, cookie and a drink. Additional donations are appreciated, said Sally Jurica, Chair of the United Way Hamburger Committee.

“Our campaign is focused on providing information about the United Way and its funded partners,” Jurica said. “Our employees are generous in nature, and volunteer their time and talents in numerous ways to benefit the community as whole. This is one more opportunity to be a part of something outside the daily scope of their jobs.”

During the United Way of the Brazos Valley’s 2013 Community Campaign, businesses across the seven-county region are encouraged to implement workplace campaigns, like the cookout, that allow employees to donate to the United Way of the Brazos Valley and its 21 partner agencies.

Melanie Scarpace, volunteer coordinator for Scotty’s House, a United Way partner agency that provides services to children who have experienced abuse and neglect, will encourage donations to the campaign during the cookout.

“We receive money from the United Way to fund our counseling program, which is such an important step in dealing with abuse,” said Cary Haynes, executive director for Scotty’s House, adding that equine assisted psychotherapy has been instrumental in several clients’ lives. “These services are so important. They can go on and live healthy lives and have healthy futures. Equine assisted psychotherapy would not be possible without the help of the United Way.”

The event will also include testimonials from other United Way partner agencies and a “Just Desserts” contest featuring homemade employee specialties. Desserts will be auctioned off following the contest with proceeds to benefit the United Way of the Brazos Valley.