The ninth annual Gourley’s Outdoors and Bluewave Energy BBQ and Bake Sale on November 4 saw the biggest attendance ever says Keith Gourley, noting that they even had a group of hunters from France stocking up for the hunt camp.
“The event continues to grow with people looking forward to the tasty bbq, sweet treats for the hunt camp, and an opportunity to give back to the community through our support of Renfrew Victoria Hospital.”
The event has grown on the frontline as well, with the addition of a new sponsor, Backyard Gourmet BBQ Company, and owner Jesse Welch lending time and talents to support the cause.
“I have helped out casually for the past couple of years but having started my own small business I want to help support other small businesses and give back to the community,” says Welch.
Now in his second year taking part in the day, Phil Lambert, Valley Guiding and Outfitting, says he came on board last year because he feels the community is very fortunate to have RVH.
“The hospital keeps growing and expanding and offering more services. We’re very lucky to have it here and not have to travel for care.”
With this year’s donation of $4,035, including $400 from Valley Guiding and Outfitting ($4 from the sale of each pail of mineral), the total contribution to the RVH Foundation has reached more than $25,000.
Photo: Left, Keith Gourley, Gourley’s Outdoors, Christy Barker, Bluewave Energy, and Phil Lambert, Valley Guiding and Outfitting, far right, present the funds raised at their annual bake sale and bbq and mineral sales to RVH Foundation Executive Director, Sarah Robinson, second from right.