2011 CHEO BBQ launch

What: CHEO BBQ Media Launch – “Play, Pledge & Win!”

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

10:00 a.m.

Where: The Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa – Confederation Room

Who: Norma Lamont, Vice President of Community Development,

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

CHEO FAMILY, the Watters Family

Michael Machargo, President/ Director of Business Development, CHEO BBQ

Mark Hatfield, Guest Speaker and Motivational Expert, Friend of CHEO BBQ

Why: CHEO BBQ unveils for 2011;

  • § Introduction from Mike
  • § Importance of CHEO in the community – CHEO Family
  • § Highlights – Play, Pledge & Win!
    • § Mobile Giving
    • § Meet volunteers, sports captains, partners and sponsors


Ottawa’s biggest backyard BBQ returns for a 19th year

Get a sneak peek at the action or come register a team! Join founders, organizers, and sponsors of the annual CHEO BBQ at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday May 25, to kick off their 19th annual fundraiser.

CHEO BBQ president Mike Machargo will reveal the “Play, Pledge & Win” program as well as the Mobile Giving Campaign for this year’s CHEO BBQ and highlight what else is in store for the 2011 season.

Since its humble beginnings back in 1993 – when Machargo decided to pass a donation bowl amongst a handful of his friends at a backyard barbecue on the day of the CHEO telethon – the annual CHEO BBQ has grown into a full-day event that has raised over $310,000, over the years for the Children’s Hospital and attracts more than 1,500 participants per year.

With roughly 110 teams that competed in the Volleyball and Ultimate Tournament, last year’s BBQ alone brought in over $50,000. The organizing committee is hopeful of surpassing these figures in 2011 – nearly 90 teams have already signed up for the tournament which takes place on Saturday, June 11th.

Tournament registration has begun and the BBQ is also looking for volunteers. Those interested can sign up online at

Media Contact:  Mike Machargo  613.261.4935

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