United Way cranks up the fun for annual BBQ

Mickey Dumont

The Portage Citizen — Last week someone drew a handlebar mustache on Todd “The Anvil” Cuddington, during a school board meeting, but this week, if there’s comic slapstick being used to rearrange any face, he wants to be the one to do it.

So, watch out City Manager Nathan “The Sledge Hammer” Peto as Cuddington has a comic axe to grind in his June 7 UPC (Ultimate Pieing Championship) challenge as he vies to be the “pier, not piee”.

Portage Plains United Way Executive Director Pamela Lotun, says the June 7, barbecue has cranked up the fun a notch or two. Pieing at high noon always draws a crowd!

“This (UPC) is brand new for us. It’s like UFC but with pies,” Lotun said. “Local community leaders are competing against each other to see who can raise the most money for Portage Plains United Way. Whoever gets the most pledges get to pie their opponent at our annual barbecue.”

The fun has attracted six matchups. City Manager Nathan Peto is paired against School Board Superintendent Todd Cuddington; Re/Max realtors Peter Bracken and Kara Pawloski will meet on the pie grounds, Tyler Dunn (Dunn Chrysler) vs Glen Pauch (Shoppers), Brian Gilbert (MIT Insurance) vs. Jack Meseyton (EF Moon), local media titans Travis Roberts and Ryan Simpson of Golden West radio will see who creams who and Sean O’Keefe (RCMP) vs. firefighter Corey Jowett round out the UPC action.

The annual Portage Plains United Way Fundraising Barbecue has always looked to bring unique interests and entertainment to the parking lot outside their office. In the past it has been “Hotdogs and Harleys”, silent auctions, etc., “but because this is our 50th Anniversary I wanted to bring back a lot of the events from our history,” Lotun said. “A long time ago we had a celebrity pie eating contest. I put my own spin on it and so we have the Ultimate Pieing Championship.”

It is happening in the Portage Plains United Way parking lot starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“It is sponsored by Shopper’s Drugmart. They are donating all of the food. Simplot is donating all the fries and Travis Roberts is donating his time to MC the event.

Portage Plains United Way is beginning to ratchet up its fundraising efforts. Expect to see the launch of its popular 50-50 campaign in the coming weeks and United Way will again be prominently in the public eye on Canada Day running the canteen. The annual golf tournament is scheduled for August and the kickoff luncheon for the campaign in September.

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