Al Fresco 2012

An Annual Block Party & Fundraiser

Al Fresco 2012

Al Fresco 2012

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A friendly reminder that Saturday, June 9th, 2012 is the date of the Al Fresco Annual Block Party and Fundraiser! Mark your calendars and save the date for an action packed day of fun and excitement in the downtown core!

So many people from the community and the Al Fresco committee are feverishly working on event programming to bring you a fabulous day that includes:

You will have an opportunity to sample 90 different types of wine, beer and spirits in this urban enclave!

  • Extended patios from your favorite restaurants and wine bars on 104th-St.
  • Music from a lineup of great DJs and stage performers
  • Fashion show and a drag show brought to you by some of Edmonton’s most fabulous Queens
  • An armada of food trucks coming together for another, much anticipated “What the Truck” event
  • Street food from some of Edmonton’s hippest and fun filled restaurants

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” cite=”Al Fresco Committee Chair Ed Fong” quotestyle=”style02″] “The businesses and residents along 104th-St. and surrounding area are excited to share the vibrancy in our growing community. Al Fresco celebrates the start of summer, and we wanted to do something special as a community to support a very worthy cause. This year, I am pleased to announce we will be supporting the Zebra Child Protection Centre.” [/sws_blockquote_endquote]

Coming Together as a Community

Al Fresco is not only a celebration, it is a grassroots fundraiser designed to bring the 104th-St. community together by uniting everyone in support of a great cause. Our goal, as a community, is to raise $15,000 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre and to create public awareness of this very serious social issue.

The Zebra Child Protection Centre is a non-profit, community-based organization that was established in 2002 to improve the lives of children who have suffered abuse. Through Zebra’s community partnerships, the Centre is able to provide children and their families with essential social, medical and mental health services and supports. To find out more, visit their website at

How Can I Help?

You can help us achieve our goals in many different ways.

  1. Come downtown and celebrate with us on June 9th. The restaurants, wine bars and food trucks will be donating a portion of their proceeds in support of Zebra. Net proceeds from the Downtown Edmonton Community League Pancake Breakfast and the gate receipts from the “Tasting Lot” will be donated to Zebra.
  2. Participate by bidding on our on-line silent auction. Last year, nearly $20,000 was raised for E4C’s Edmonton School Lunch Program. The on-line silent auction can be tracked on deVine Wine’s website
  3. Donate an auction item. We are seeking auction items to make this our most successful to date. If you are interested in donating to the auction, please contact Ed Fong at deVine Wines. Details for your in-kind donation can be found here: In Kind Donation Form
  4. Donate item(s) from the Zebra Centre’s “Top 5 Wish List”. The Zebra Centre needs:
    • Non-perishable snacks & juice boxes
    • Sweaters/hoodies for kids under 8 years of age
    • Gift cards from teen related stores
    • Jewelry for young teens
    • Board games for children

    Prior to Al Fresco, these items can be dropped off at deVine Wines and Spirits at 10111–104th-St. We will have drop boxes set up at the Zebra Information Table on the day of June 9 to receive any “Top 5 Wish List” donation items as well.

  5. Make a cash donation. The Donor Tax Receipt Information Form can be found here: Donation Form
  6. Donate your time. The Al Fresco Planning Committee is always looking for eager volunteers to help us run this exciting event. If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Caitlin McElhone at 780.761.6682 or by e-mail at

For more information check out the facebook link for Al Fresco 2012
For auction items and participation click here.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9th, and we hope to see everyone downtown for this special event. We’d also love to see your photos from the Al Fresco block party. Snap some pics of the 104th Street festivities and share them with us!


Al Fresco Schedule:

8:30am – 11:00am
DECL Pancake Breakfast (102Ave & 104Street by Ric’s Grill)

9:00am – 3:00pm
Farmers Market!

Noon – 10:00pm
Fine Wine & Beer Tasting area in the Melcor Parking Lot ($25 donation to Zebra to access this area)

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Melcor Kids Zone! (Pocket Park behind Sobey’s)

5:00pm – 10:00pm
Extended Patios, What the Truck?!, Fashion Alley and more from your favourite 104th Street Merchants!

5:00pm – 11:00pm
Stage performances, Fashion Show & Drag Queens!

7:00pm – 11:00pm
Mercer Warehouse Street Superparty

Stage Performances
(5:00pm – 11:00pm):

Axe & Smash
Fashion Show (approx 6:30pm)
Drag Queens
Dusty Grooves
Mass Choir
AllOut DJ’s
Souljah Fyah (approx 9:20pm)
Dane & Junior Brown

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