In true Calgary fashion over 130 people gathered on the rooftop of one of the cities newest establishments for a get-together supporting the kick off to the best 10 damn days of the year – The Calgary Stampede. It was blistering hot on the evening of Thursday July 6th, but solace arrived just shy of 4pm when our doors opened and the sun moved behind adjacent buildings. Quinn Smith, #69 Offensive Lineman for your Calgary Stampeders opened the show to the delight of many, as newcomers where greeted with a few drink tickets from our local brewery sponsors, given directions to the bar and of course to our silent auction where every penny was going to be handed over to the Alberta Children’s HospitalFoundation.
Act 2? Calgary’s Steel and Timber took the stage sharing many a toe-tappin’ tune and primed the crowd for the amazing Amy Hef. Amy – a Calgarian, by way of Saskatchewan, Fort MacMurray and L.A. – turned it up as loud as her speakers could go (she ended up blowing a set), and no doubt was heard all the way down to the Stampede Grounds. It was pure magic. At that point most party-goers had found a comfy seat on the patio, beer in hand, and had a moment to look around, smile and remember what it was like to just hang out with friends and listen to good tunes.
Meatballs from the Alberta Meatball Company arrived just in time as some guests were about to eat their cowboy hats. Kidding! There were hardly any cowboy hats because, damn it, there was no dress code to this classic Stampede kickoff kegger. Heck we even sent out an announcement suggesting people wear whatever the heck they wanted. And that’s the beauty of it all. Just that. Where anyone and anybody can celebrate what makes Calgary great, not care about what’s on their feet or head, and raise a few thousand bucks for a mainstay institution in the city. Not to mention, enjoy the fruits of the labours of some of Calgary’s best local breweries Village, Wild Rose, Big Rock and Tool Shed (#highfives).
It was mandated early in our planning phase that Tony Nicastro of Prohibition Freehouse, who hosted and owns the joint, wanted to be sure not matter what we did, any money raised “had to be for the kids.” And that we did, Tony. That we did.
Below you’ll find a few of us fine gentlemen accompanied by an ACHF team member as we presented a cheque for just over $6,000. Amazing.
So just when you thought, what heck is this “Stmpdr” thing all about anyway, there you have it. We’re about community. We’re about mixing it up a bit and sharing the good, the bad, the ugly. We’re about having an awesome time with our comrades while celebrating the start of a city-wide celebration, the largest music festival in Western Canada, the best darn rodeo in these parts, and historical nod to our cherished past, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and the beloved, Calgary Stampede.
So as we ride off into the sunset during the final weekend of the big show we just wanted to take a moment and say thanks to everyone who partnered with us to put on this fantastic Sneak a Peek event. You can bet we’ll be back bigger and better next year. Yahoo and yeehaa!
Special thanks to our AV and talent coordinator: Dave Brooks of Brooks Creation
Special thanks to our auction suppliers:
- Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
- Big Rock Brewery
- Village Brewery
- Calgary Stampeders
- Calgary Brewery Tours
- Trolley 5 Brewery
- Coldgarden Beverage Co.
- Dumpling Lab
- Espy Experience
- Mandy Stobo (Bad Portraits)
- Kent of Inlewood
- Skimmerhorn Winery
- Click ‘N Cleaver
- Tony and Dom from Prohibition