Local businesses, groups and individuals all over the city are responding in a variety of ways to the devastating fires that have been wreaking havoc in Fort McMurray and northern Alberta.
Canadians have already raised millions of dollars in donations and Calgarians can continue to show their support while enjoying a day (or night) on the town. Here’s a look at just a few of the many fundraising events taking place over the coming days and weeks.
The Locked Room, an interactive escape room attraction, will be opening early on Tuesday, May 10 and donating all proceeds from the door as well as matching all donations themselves. Get there at 6 p.m.
On May 11, The Concorde Group is hosting a family-friendly fundraiser at the National on 10th beginning at 4 p.m. There will be a raffle, and a silent auction to drum up some funds to support victims of the wildfire. $10 at the door.
If you’re in the Chestermere area, head to the recreation centre at 201 W Chestermere Dr on Friday, May 13 for a barbecue and silent auction, hosted by the Chestermere Langdon Oilmen’s Association. This family friendly event will feature live entertainment at a cost of $10 per person or $25 for a family.
All Calgary’s Best Pubs’ locations will be offering $1 from every pint of Gas Lamp beer sold to the Red Cross on Saturday, May 14.
Proving that fundraisers are not limited to bars and restaurants, Yoga Santosha in southwest Calgary is offering a special fundraising class on Saturday, May 14 from 5:45 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. They will be charging a $10 minimum donation for the class and will be supporting yoga practitioners who may have been displaced by collecting yoga mats and clothes.
Broken City is putting on a two-day concert featuring over 20 bands, beginning Tuesday, May 17. They are donating 10 per cent of all bar sales and a percentage of all Big Rock beer sold to the relief effort.
On May 15 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., there will be a car wash and bake sale at the Picton Fire Hall. All the money raised at this event will be donated to the Whalen and Yuill families, both of which were living in two of the neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray that experienced some of the worst destruction.
That same day, the Alberta Fire Relief Bottle Drive takes place at 3370 Spruce Drive S.W. from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bring all the empties you can scrounge up and they will be put to good use.
Head down to Atlantic Trap and Gill on Thursday, May 19 for a night of local live music, door prizes and a silent auction. $10 at the door.
Beginning May 6 and running until June 26, Stage West will be donating $10 from every regular ticket sold for the remainder of the run of Young Frankenstein to the Red Cross.
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