Calgary International Auto & Truck Show


Since our first Gala in the year 2000, we have raised more than $2.9 million for charity!  This money has been shared by:

  • Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
  • Alberta Cancer Society
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • ALS Society of Alberta
  • Alzheimer Society of Calgary
  • Calgary Meals on Wheels
  • Calgary Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Volunteer Driver Program
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • CMDA Entrance Endowment Fund at SAIT Polytechnic
  • Hospice Calgary
  • Inn from the Cold Society
  • KidSport Calgary
  • Make- A-Wish Southern Alberta Canada
  • Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta
  • The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre
  • The Heartstrings Program of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
  • The Missing Children Society of Canada
  • The Prostate Cancer Institute of Calgary

We are extremely proud to work with our members, sponsors, charities and patrons in this highly successful and ongoing endeavor to support highly worthwhile, deserving charities in our community.

Fresh Start Recovery

For someone struggling with alcohol or drugs, life is lonely, judgement is plentiful and solutions seem scarce. 

At Fresh Start, we understand. We’ve been there and with your help we will continue to be there to help those struggling to break free from the chains of addiction; we will also continue to be there for their family, their friends, their coworkers and their community.
Since 1992 Fresh Start Recovery Centre has been there, providing solutions that have recovered lives, reunited families, restored lost friendships, reignited once successful careers, reinvigorated communities, reintroduced courage and restored hope when and where ALL seemed lost.

We do this by housing, treating and supporting people recovering from the disease of addiction.

Our vision is “Every individual - recovery for life”.

With your support, we have successfully helped thousands of men and their families overcome the chaos of addiction and been by their sides as they have gone on to live healthy, happy and productive lives as family members, employees, neighbours and volunteers throughout our communities and even next door. 

Your support has made us one of the top three treatment centers in Canada (according to the Donner Canadian Foundation) and THE #1 Treatment Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in both 2013 and 2010.

Since 2007 Fresh Start has been a Charity Intelligence Top Pick Charity for the Prevention of Homelessness and in 2013 Success Markets Inc. determined that we have a positive Social Return on Investment impact of 23:1.

In community we have earned a reputation of “playing well with others” as demonstrated by being the first agency in Calgary to sign a Good Neighbour Agreement in 2009, receiving the Calgary Award for Outstanding Advocate Agency for 2012 and stepping up to provide a safe place for 96 displaced people from three agencies during the 2013 floods.

With your support through the 2015 Vehicles & Violins Gala we will continue to provide nationally recognized, award winning solutions that recover and save lives. Your support will transform lives by returning fathers to lost sons and daughters, restoring a trusted son to parents who believed that they were lost forever and regaining active, contributing members of our community to continue to make Calgary a better place to live. 


Kids Help Phone … 25 Years, Always There

“The counsellor made me feel like I wasn’t alone and that it’s normal for me to feel anxiety about what’s going on, and that things will get better” actual post to our website.

You can’t care without listening. At Kids Help Phone, we listen to young people, a lot – and we learn from them as much as they do from us. We do everything we can to listen and learn when kids open up to us about their lives, so we can support them effectively today and stay abreast of how their hopes, dreams, realities, and needs may be evolving over time…

From a tiny office in 1989 with just a few phone lines to a national and world leader with a presence in communities across Canada and a multifaceted service renowned for its technical innovation, Kids Help Phone has come a long way in 25 years.
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in providing vital, innovative counselling services to children and youth. Our service is a lifeline available around the-clock to the 6.5 million young people in Canada between the ages of five and 20, accessible from urban, rural and remote communities, online and by phone, in English and in French. We are well-known and respected as the only national service providing youth across Canada with free professional counselling on an anonymous and confidential basis. Our award-winning websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer counselling, information, and tools to encourage resilience and self-care.

For 25 years, donors like the Calgary Motor Dealers Association have supported these young people as they’ve connected with our counsellors — more than seven million times since 1989.

Today, our counsellors deal with a variety of complex problems facing Canadian youth.  We support youth who are dealing with serious issues like mental health concerns or thoughts of suicide. We help kids struggling with friendships and relationships, learning or seeking support around gender identity or LGBTQ issues, coping with eating disorders, and so much more.

Research proves that our counselling is highly effective, leading to statistically significant changes in crucial clinical indicators.
A community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone receives no guaranteed ongoing financial support from government or any large funder and relies on community and corporate support to keep its essential service available.  Thanks to this support, we can continue to be there for Canadian youth, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and French. 


Make A Wish Foundation

A wish can teach a child that anything is possible – even the future.
Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta grants wishes to children aged 3-17 living with life-threatening medical conditions.  In granting a child’s special wish, we know that we are offering that child and their family hope and anticipation for the future, strength to carry on through difficult times and the joy of a dream come true.  A wish also provides a much-needed respite from hospitals, doctors and treatment programs.

Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta is committed to grow wish granting so every eligible child has the opportunity to have their wish granted.  Due to the generosity of our supporters, such as the Calgary Motor Dealers Association, we have never turned away an eligible child.

We ensure that every wish is a memorable experience for the wish child, the family and those who participate in the wish.
Each wish is as personal and unique as the child who wishes it.  Wishes come in four main categories:

"I wish to have...",
"I wish to be...",
"I wish to go...",
"I wish to meet..."

Some children wish to meet a favorite movie star, rock star or athlete or to go on a trip to various international locations. Others may wish for a special gift such as a room makeover, a tree house or an entertainment package. And others wish to be someone for a day: a fireman, a police officer, or a model, for instance.

Medical evidence suggests the experience helps to make children and their families stronger - stronger to face ongoing treatments.  Money raised here, stays here to help us continue to make wishes of children in Southern Alberta come true.
There is power in a wish. 

“To breathe, smile and laugh together as a family is what Make-A-Wish gave us.  A chance to set aside all of stress and worries and doubts about life and just be in the moment – a moment of happiness” – Wish Parent


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