22nd annual CHEO BBQ raises $75,000 for CHEO

On Saturday, June 14, over 1,500 people gathered at Ottawa’s east-end Shefford Park for the 22nd annual CHEO BBQ. Ottawa-Gatineau’s only volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee event, the CHEO BBQ saw 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 featured an Ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball tournament, plus a 1km super heroes family walk around the park. 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!

In 1993, the CHEO BBQ began as a 15 person backyard gathering organized by Mike Machargo and co-founder Johnny Hunt with 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 raising a grand total of $500,000 raised for CHEO over 20 years.