Our 'Giving Groove'

We like to think of ourselves as community-givers all year long, but particularly this month as we get ready to turn the calendar page, we feel it’s worthwhile to look back at our 2013 giving groove.

In East Village this year we programmed 148 event days which included: an opera festival, yoga parties, art reveals, vendor markets, food truck frenzies, ET bike rides, movie nights and everything in between.  During our events, we teamed up with local charities to help support their campaign efforts and we are happy to report another successful year of generosity in EV thanks to you!

At our Food Truck Frenzie in April we raised 5,000 pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank, which demonstrates just how giving our food truck lovers are! And, in recognition of our friends at the Calgary Food Bank we turned Langevin Bridge lights to blue to remind all Calgarians of their important work.

Our EV cheer station won the Best Community Cheer title during the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in May, which meant we were able to donate $1500.00 to The Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre, in support of their community programs. This was our second cheer-year of winning so we have high expectations to live up to in 2014!

During the summer Food Truck Frenzie $500.00 was raised in support of the Calgary chapter of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Again, we lit up the Langevin Bridge to celebrate our efforts.

In June, we ran to the support of our seniors and residents who were displaced by the flood, and started a HUGS Campaign which brought well wishes and care packages from strangers all over Canada and the world! Individuals who were following our neighbourhood story sent in excess of 1,500 handmade cards, pictures and small gifts to help our residents. Our amazing staff, friends and suppliers donated over 350 volunteer hours to help out with flood relief in the community. If that wasn’t enough, over 20,000 items (including hot meals, canned goods, toiletries, bedding, articles of clothing, gift cards and household supplies) were donated by generous Calgarians!  How about that for ‘Giving-Groove’!!

In October, during our annual Thanksgiving market, Fall for East Village, the Adopt-a-Pumpkin Patch campaign brought in $1100.00 to help our furry neighbours at The Calgary Zoo, with their flood recovery efforts. (Langevin Bridge looked great in blue/green and white to celebrate and bring awareness of the Zoo cause).

This month our contractors and friends at STUART OLSON DOMINION, GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION,  VOLKER STEVIN,  KLS EARTHWORKS,ALLIED PROJECTS, and MARMOT CONCRET E donated over $30,000 worth of Christmas trees, Christmas lights, community pageantry and a new skating rink to EV, so that our visitors and residents would enjoy a merriful holiday season. And, on top of this gift, our annual Holiday mixer raised $800.00 for Calgary Reads – a local charity which designs educational programs to help struggling young readers in our city.

We could go on and on about how your support during our events made a big difference in our community this year but alas, it’s time to say THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

To our friends, followers and fans we look forward to hosting you in East Village in 2014!

Pictured above: Susan Veres, VP of Marketing & Communications with CMLC & Dr. Clement Lanthier, President & CEO at Calgary Zoo.