2015 Chinook Dinner Report and Artwork Draw Prize for Further Donations

We are thrilled to report that thanks to your support our annual Chinook Fund Dinner,  this year at Parc Brasserie, was a great success. A record 93 people attended. While we won’t know a total donated until we receive a report from the Calgary Foundation, we are certain that more than $40,000 was raised, and believe the final total will be closer to $50,000.

This amount will be added to the more than $220,000 that was already in our fund, and the interest on it will increase the amount available for our annual grants next year.

Congratulations to our grant recipients: 3rd Street Theatre to produce a new play based on the Calgary Gay History Project, Fairytales Film Festival for their Calgary and region community outreach program, and the Calgary Boys and Girls Clubs for their training program to address LGBT youth in crisis.

Congratulations also to Lois Szabo, the recipient of this years Hero Award. Lois was a founder of Club Carousel – Calgary’s first LGBT social club and has spent her entire adult life working for and with the LGBT comunity.

Donate by February 29 and Win an Original Stained Glass Piece

Whether you donated at our dinner or were unable to attend this year, we do ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation (tax receipt from the CalgaryFoundation) to our Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund between now and February 29th, 2016.

To donate online simply click on the following link on the Calgary Foundation website

– Note in order to donate to our fund you must click the button ‘Select from all funds’ and then scroll down the ‘Select Fund’ list to click the ‘Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund’.

Our website also has instructions about giving online at this link http://www.calgarychinookfund.ca/donate.html

If you prefer you can mail a cheque payable to ‘The Calgary Foundation’ with the ‘re line’ of the cheque indicating ‘For the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund’ to;

The Chinook Fund

c/o Gary Courtney

111 Confluence Mews S.E.

Calgary, Alberta

T2G 1J1

As an added incentive to give generously, Phillip Bandura of the renowned Bee Kingdom Glass Collective has graciously donated the glass piece pictured below. This valuable work of art is a large piece, standing about a metre high!

We are very thankful for any amount that is donated. Given the value of the glass piece, the Chinook Fund has decided to enter into a draw all our donor’s names who donated a minimum of $500 to the fund at the dinner and/or donate $500 or more in the weeks ahead, up to the February 29th deadline. After February 29th we will then draw a winner of the glass piece from the names entered.

Note: If donating online in an amount of $500 or more, so as to qualify for the draw, please send us an email to garycourtney@telus.net indicating this fact as the Calgary Foundation does not indicate who donates to our fund and therefore we would otherwise not be able to know of your generosity or enter you for the draw.


We also want to again thank our Chinook Fund Dinner sponsors for 2015, being the Toronto Dominion Bank and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (East Village).



We plan on continuing to keep our donors informed about the Chinook Fund through a periodic news email and by posting information on our website, found at http://www.calgarychinookfund.ca/.  Those of you hearing about the Chinook Fund for the first time, or those inclined to provide ongoing support, we remind you donations can be made on-line to the Calgary Foundation at https://payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/ and choosing to direct your donation to “Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund.”

You can also write a cheque to “The Calgary Foundation” and in the note of your cheque write “deposit to the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund.”

Any donations directed through the United Way Annual Campaign requires specific directions to deposit your donation through The Calgary Foundation to the “Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund.”

All donations directed through The Calgary Foundation will receive a charitable receipt in your name for the entire amount.

Thanks again for supporting the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund!

Martin Harvey, Advisor

Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund Committee

For more information on our website, visit: http://www.calgarychinookfund.ca/.

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