Calgary Greek Festival raises over $80,000 for Calgary Red Cross Flood Relief and Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta

CALGARY, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Hellenic Society of Calgary is proud to announce that this past weekend's Calgary Greek Festival Disaster Relief Benefit was a huge success and was able to raise $50,000 in donations for the Red Cross Flood Relief Fund as well as an additional $30,000 donation to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

The festival opened its doors over the weekend with free admission as well as a free meal to all those who attended. Over 8,000 free meals were served at the festival in addition to numerous meals that were delivered to citizens who were affected by the floods and to Calgary's first responders.

"On behalf of the Greek Festival Committee we would like to thank our tremendous sponsors led by Boardwalk Rental Communities, whose incredible support allowed us to go ahead with a new focus as a community outreach and offer the free admission and meals. We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers along with the entire Greek Community of Calgary who came together under very difficult circumstances to be able to provide support and comfort to so many people in our neighborhood, our community and our city. We are deeply humbled and honored to have been able to help those in need and to raise as much funds with the help of the almost 12,000 people who attended our festival this past weekend", says Festival Co-Chair Constantine Issakidis.

The Greek Festival was located at the Hellenic Cultural Centre, 1 Tamarac Crescent SW in the Spruce Cliff area, across from Shaganappi Golf Course from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23.

Further information can be found at www.calgaryhellenic.com/festival or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/calgarygreekfest) and Twitter (#yycgreekfest).

SOURCE: The Calgary Greek Festival

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Media Contact:
Geoff Hughes
T: 403.680.6411
g.hughes@vinc.ca

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