Bruce Madu, executive director at large for the 100 Mile Wranglers, is helping to organize the BC Day BBQ Fundraiser on August 3. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Wrangle yourself some good food at BC Day fundraising barbecue

By-donation event aims to provide som fun, keep the Wranglers’ name in people’s minds

In an effort to remind folks they’re here, and provide the community with a positive event, the 100 Mile Wranglers are organizing a B.C. Day barbecue fundraiser for Aug. 3.

The event is being organized by members of the Wranglers’ executive, including Bruce Madu, a director at large for the Wranglers who has been granted the title Entertainment Co-chair for the year. Madu says that however he can help the team, he’s there for it. He has been a season ticket holder for the last eight years, the very first along with his wife.

“The team itself is so great for the community. These young men, when they come here, become a part of the community,” Madu says, adding that some of the alumni they’ve helped through college returned for a golf tournament they held last year and said “We’re home.”

The Wranglers provide inexpensive entertainment ($10 a ticket) for a fan base made up largely of seniors, Madu says. His job is to look for new ways to entertain people during the games, especially the younger fans. While the organization is still in limbo when it comes to the upcoming season — they have not even ordered new equipment for the players, due to the uncertainty — he says they will still need money and community support when they do hold a season. As a result, Madu says his tagline for the barbecue fundraiser is “Let’s build a war chest.”

Read More: 100 Mile House Wranglers announce this year’s franchise awards

“When the times comes that we can get our players back on the ice and playing we will have the funding there to do that.”

The idea for the barbecue came from MLA Donna Barnett, who Madu says has since jumped in with “all four feet” to help them organize and pull off the event.

The fundraiser will take place on Monday, Aug. 3 at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks available by donation. It will be set up like a drive-thru, to obey physical distancing restrictions, with the old booth at the rec centre manned by a volunteer who will radio orders to the grill. People will not be allowed out of their cars; instead, a volunteer will deliver their order to their vehicle.

Madu adds that members of the 100 Mile House Cruzers Car Club will be present with their cars for a little show and shine for the public to observe as they drive through. The volunteers will be wearing Wranglers gear, just to keep the team’s name fresh in the minds of the public. Similar events, such as a possible raffle for an ATV, are also in the works, but no details have been set in stone just yet.

“Come support the Wranglers,” says Madu. “We have a fantastic [amount of public] support here. Last year we had well over 200 season ticket holders. We’re a society; we’re not owned by anybody, and our funding comes from our fans and sponsors.”

If anyone would like to volunteer at the barbecue, they can contact Madu at 250-397-7700.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

100 Mile House100 Mile House Wranglers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Arts council hopeful that Winter Arts and Crafts Fair will go ahead

The 100 Mile and District Arts Council is looking at gaming grants and other funding options in the event it has to cancel the annual South Cariboo Winter Arts and Crafts Fair due to COVID-19.

Newcomers welcome in the 108

When newcomers move to 108 Mile Ranch, Bev French is ready to welcome them.

Centennial Park fully reopened for the public

The fence has been taken down and residents now have free run of the park

Drive-thru fundraiser wrangles $2,000

Another event is planned for Sept. 7

SD27 prepares for ‘full return’ to schools

As the clock ticks down to September, a new poll suggests many Canadian parents are on the fence about whether to send their kids to school if and when classrooms are reopened.

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

B.C. wildfire crews have battled 111 blazes in the last seven days

Twenty-nine fires remain active, as of Friday (Aug 7)

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

Most Read