Official 2013 Press Release


OTTAWA – CHEO BBQ is happy to announce a new title sponsor for the 21st annual CHEO BBQ, “SUBWAY® is thrilled that we are partnering with the CHEO BBQ! It’s an amazing event that brings Ottawa together for a great cause and we are proud to be a part of it”says SUBWAY® Community Marketing Liaison, Kristin Dodd.

On Saturday, June 8 over 1,500 people will gather at Ottawa’s east-end Shefford Park for the 21st annual CHEO BBQ. Ottawa-Gatineau’s only volleyball and ultimate Frisbee event, the CHEO BBQ will see athletes and families play, pledge and win with the hopes of this year raising $75,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

This year’s BBQ will once again feature an ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball tournament, as well as a 5km family walk around the streets surrounding the park presented by RBC. Other event festivities include the Wireless Amber Alerts Family Zone, and of course the infamous Bytown Catering barbecue pit, including chicken, sausages, veggie kabobs, hamburgers, hot-dogs and a steak dinner!

The CHEO BBQ is also thrilled to have Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live host, Lianne Laing returning as honourary chair. “I am thrilled to be back again this year as honourary chair of the CHEO BBQ. As a mother of two I know how important CHEO is here in our community and what it offers to parents, patients and our future.  I am blessed to have two healthy daughters, but understand this is also something that can’t be taken for granted. When they have been sick and when I have been scared the staff, nurses and doctors have been incredible. I can only imagine how crucial this is for families who rely on these services day in and day out. I look forward to seeing everyone out at the BBQ knowing we are helping to make a difference.

In 1993, the CHEO BBQ began as a 15-person backyard gathering organized by Mike Machargo and co-founder Johnny Hunt when a fishbowl was passed around to collect donations for the hospital during the CHEO Telethon. Since then, the CHEO BBQ has grown bigger every year with over 1,000 participants, 40 sponsors and 200 volunteers, and a grand total of $425,000 raised for CHEO over 20 years.

Registration for this year’s CHEO BBQ is already open, early-bird pricing is available until May 17. For information on the CHEO BBQ including how to register, volunteer or make a donation, please visit the CHEO BBQ website  For the latest event updates please follow CHEO BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Kelly MacNaull, CHEO BBQ,
Kristin Dodd, Subway, SUBWAY®,

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