Edmonton, Alberta – March 16, 2014. The Inner City Agencies Foundation (ICAF) kicked off Inner City Awareness Week by serving approximately 800 hot roast beef dinners to Edmonton’s inner city residents. Boyle Street Plaza (9538 – 103 A Avenue) was crowded with individuals and families who were lined up to be first through the doors when they opened today at 1:00 p.m.
“Our agencies are committed to helping the people in our community who need it most,” said Garth Von Hagen, Chair of ICAF. “One meal in itself doesn’t solve someone’s challenges, but it’s our way of reminding our guests here today that their fellow Edmontonians do care, and that there is hope that their personal situation can improve.”
This is the 14th consecutive year that ICAF has provided the roast beef dinner to kick off Inner City Awareness Week. Mayor Iveson officially proclaimed March 16 – 22 as Inner City Awareness Week; the initiative has been supported by the City of Edmonton since 1995. Celebrity and guest servers at the 2014 Inner City Roast Beef Dinner included:
His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of the City of Edmonton,
Hon. Mike Lake P.C., M.P. Edmonton – Mill Woods – Beaumont, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Industry
Scott McKeen, Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 6
Deputy Fire Chief Russell Croome
Shawn Bernard (AKA Feenix), Rap artist and Mac&Cheese inner city speaker
The Great-West Life Assurance Company is the 2014 Inner City Roast Beef Dinner sponsor. Supporters and corporate donors include; Hurley’s Meats, Italian Bakery, Italian Centre Shop Ltd., McCallum Printing Group Inc., NAIT – Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising, NAIT – Food Services, River City Event Rentals, Ciné Audio Visual, Sunfresh Farms Ltd., Tim Hortons and Jake’s Framing.
The Inner City Agencies Foundation (ICAF) is a joint initiative that combines the efforts of seven inner city agencies to fundraise for and provide a network of services to alleviate poverty-related problems such as housing, addiction, healthcare, nutrition and education in Edmonton.
ICAF initiatives comprise three major events:
- Inner City Awareness Week: March 16 – 22, 2014
- Inner City Roast Beef Dinner March 16, 2014
- Mac & Cheese Luncheon: March 20, 2014
Contact: Garth D. Von Hagen
Chair, Inner City Agencies Foundation