CALGARY, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - On Thursday, August 15, 2013, 32,000
music lovers joined together at McMahon Stadium in Calgary for Alberta
Flood Aid, a star-studded benefit concert to raise much-needed funds
for flood recovery in southern Alberta. Thanks to an enormous
outpouring of support, nearly $2.2 million was raised.
This memorable night in music history, hosted by Brent Butt featured
legendary artists including; Nickelback, Jann Arden, Randy Bachman, Tom
Cochrane, Matthew Good, Colin James, Loverboy, Corb Lund, Johnny Reid,
The Sadies, The Sheepdogs and Ian Tyson donating their time and
services to contribute to the effort. TELUS funded the live, online
broadcast of the concert for viewers across Canada free of charge.
"We couldn't have hoped for a more perfect evening or a more perfect
week." said Peter Jurisic, Chair of Alberta Flood Aid. "The
contributions from so many was so representative of the spirit of
cooperation displayed by the tens of thousands of volunteers who helped
those in need immediately after the flood. Being able to raise almost
2.2 million dollars was truly only made possible by the overwhelming
support of so many including our corporate sponsors, the volunteers,
and the Canadian Music Industry."
Harvey Cohen of Union Events, one of the key organizers of the Alberta
Flood Aid concert said: "The Alberta Flood Aid benefit concert saw the
Canadian music community come together to assist the people of Southern
Alberta in their time of need. Whether it be band, agent, manager, or
supplier, all facets of the music industry joined as a single united
front to host the largest concert ever held in Calgary, raising more
than $2 million to support the flood rebuilding efforts, and creating a
lifetime of memories for everyone in attendance."
President and CEO, Eva Friesen of The Calgary Foundation said:
"The generosity of Calgary and area contributed to an incredible
celebration of community spirit and The Calgary Foundation is so proud
to be the recipient of the funds raised at this summer's Alberta Flood
Aid concert. Charitable organizations are only just now able to
identify some of their needs stemming from the flood - some are
experiencing increased demand on their services, while others need to
develop new initiatives to respond to the impact. The Foundation will
work with charities to determine the long-term needs that can be best
supported by the Flood Rebuilding Fund."
Andrea Goertz, TELUS Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer
"The floods that hit Alberta in June created one of the worst natural
disasters in our nation's history. TELUS was proud to support the
organizers and the artists involved in raising funds to help with
long-term recovery efforts. We stood together to help our fellow
citizens during this most difficult time."
Alberta Flood Aid would like to thank the following public organizations
for their support:
The Province of Alberta, The City of Calgary, The Government of Canada
and Travel Alberta. Alberta Flood Aid would also like to thank the
hundreds of volunteers, numerous corporations and organizations that
gave thanklessly and tirelessly of themselves to contribute to this
A special thank you goes out to the McMahon Stadium Society, The Calgary
Flames, TELUS, West Jet, Spyglass Resources Corp. BC Place, Union
Events, John Street Advertising, Molson Coors, Fasken Martineau LLP,
Canadian Western Bank, PWC, Conoco Phillips Canada, ATCO, Rocky
Mountain Catering, Canoe Financial, The Agency Group, Gold and Gold
Productions and Annerin Productions.
Alberta Flood Aid
Alberta Flood Aid is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization that
was established to raise funds for southern Alberta's flood recovery
through a benefit concert. For more information, please visit abfloodaid.ca.
The Calgary Foundation Flood Rebuilding Fund
Following the devastating Southern Alberta Floods of June 2013, The
Calgary Foundation established the Flood Rebuilding Fund, which
supports long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. For more
information on the fund, please visit: thecalgaryfoundation.org/initiatives/flood-rebuilding-fund.
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation
For further information:
Alberta Flood Aid
The Calgary Foundation
700-999 8 St SW
Calgary AB, T2R 1J5