The City of Prince George announced it will be throwing a party this weekend to celebrate everyone who welcomed and assisted the over 10,000 evacuees who stayed in Prince George this summer.
As a way to show gratitude towards those who volunteered, housed evacuees or shared a word of kindness, a big bash will be held at 4 p.m. at the Canada Games Plaza on Saturday, September 23rd.
“We said thank you a lot to the folks that helped out and it was important for us to put on a city party and invite everyone to thank them personally, and just show our appreciation,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “We thought no better way to do that than to have a party in the Plaza because we know how successful, and how much fun they are.”
Mayor Hall says there will be a free BBQ and “spectacular” entertainment. The event will be headlined by multiple Juno award-winning Canadian rock group Glass Tiger with special guest Barney Bentall, and DJ Ant will kick off the evening from 4- 6 pm. Mayor Hall hopes to see over one thousand people come out.
“Everybody can come and it’s people who helped out in registration, it’s people who helped out providing multiple services. The Prince George Horse Society for example stepped up, and SPCA and Humane Society of Prince George,” says Mayor Hall. “But all of the volunteers that perhaps drove people around and helped them find their way when they were walking around town looking for shopping or places to do business. People who housed folks, people who said to people in RVs ‘Come on and park in our driveway’. It’s just open to everyone who just lent a hand, and there were hundreds and hundreds of people who did that.”
Only one person continues to receive emergency social services provided by the City of Prince George, the last of the evacuees to receive support this summer. He is expected to return home later this week.