Chinook Fund Cabaret, October 23rd, 2014 at Wine-Ohs

The 4th Annual Chinook Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm at 811 – 1 Street S.W.

This year will be a little different. We will be serving tapas, wine, and beer with a Cabaret Show. It will occur at Wine-Ohs in Calgary’s original cabaret space from the early 1900’s in the Historic Grain Exchange Building in Downtown Calgary. To attend, please simply email or register at:

The only obligation for each person attending is to make a donation. The fund is managed by the Calgary Foundation who will issue a charitable receipt in their name for the entire amount. Last year you helped raise over $40,000 with just over 60 donations. We sincerely hope that you can repeat your amazing generosity.

Like past years’ events, our event expenses will be covered by sponsors. So, 100% of your donation will go to the fund. Our sponsors are East Village’s Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, LLP Law Firm. Their sponsorship pays for the over $100 per person cost to put on this event.

Your generosity has helped to grow the Fund to $170,000. This year let’s move the fund well beyond $200,000. Our ultimate goal is to collect much more over time to create meaningful grants to support the LGBT community.

It is important to stress that the principle is never touched; the grants are based on income generated by the Fund, making this truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Last year grants went to Calgary Outlink’s Beyond Borders Program, Fairytales Presentation Society’s Queer Media Program, and Third Street Theatre in association with Alberta Playwright’s Network. Previous grants have also included the first LGTB camp for coming out youth, Camp Fyrefly, and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. All our grants have help our community and especially LGTB youth.

We are now seeking grant applications from the community.  Grants are only issued to registered charitable organizations that are concerned with providing any or all of the following services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered support, education, and resources.  Grants and our Hero Award will be announced at the cabaret. Application criteria online at:

Additional details about us can be viewed at: .


All the best,

Kelly Ernst, on behalf of the Chinook Fund Committee