Calgary International Auto & Truck Show


Since our first Gala in the year 2000, we have raised more than $2.5 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 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.


Canadian Cancer Society

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. We are working together with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.

When the Society first started funding research in the 1940s only 25 per cent of people survived a cancer diagnosis. Today, more than 60 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer survive. It is only with the support of our donors and volunteers that we are able to make great strides in preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer.

No one likes the fact that cancer continues to take a toll. That’s why the Society fights for life by:

  • leading research to better prevent cancer
  • influencing public policy for quality cancer care everywhere in Canada
  • focusing support programs on the greatest needs of patients and caregivers
  • engaging more Canadians in the fight against cancer

By supporting the Vehicles and Violins Gala, you are helping the Society create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. Thank you!

When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY: 1-866-786-3934).


Inn from the Cold: Here for Homeless Families

Pregnant, Brenda came to the Inn from the Cold with her 8-year-old daughter. They had previously been staying with family, but her relatives’ frequent drug and alcohol use prompted Brenda to seek a safer environment for herself and her children. With nowhere else to go, they soon found themselves at the Inn.

Originally from Ethiopia, Fatima and her twelve-year-old daughter came to Canada as government-assisted permanent residents. The family first settled in a small Alberta town, where they stayed for a year. They later came to Calgary seeking better opportunities. Once in Calgary, Fatima became very ill, and caring for her daughter became extremely difficult. After staying for some time in a women’s shelter, she was directed to Inn from the Cold.

Sadly, these are just two of a great many stories that we at the Inn are witness to.

Inn from the Cold’s vision is simple: a community where no family is homeless. We have been providing emergency shelter and programs to homeless families and others in need since 1997. The assistance we provide to our guests would not be possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from donors like you. Your support of the 2014 Vehicles and Violins Gala will ensure that homeless families have continued access to prevention initiatives, temporary emergency shelter, housing placement support, early childhood programming and many other services.

Your impact is undeniable. In 2012, our donors helped us to:

  • Provide shelter to 835 people, 54% of whom were children and youth;
  • Prevent 120 families from ever having to stay at a Calgary shelter;
  • Assist 102 families in finding a home in the community;
  • Deliver 755 onsite programming sessions with the help of 25 different program providers, covering topics such as literacy, budgeting and parenting skills.

Over the years, Inn from the Cold has helped thousands of men, women and children rebuild their lives We are Calgary’s original and largest emergency shelter for families.

Your support is essential. Together, we can work to end family homelessness and make our community a better place for all.

For further information, please visit us at



KidSport Calgary provides financial support to families in order to help overcome the monetary barriers that prevent some children from getting into the game, gym or studio. Almost 50% of families with incomes below the Canadian average cited high costs as the primary reason for not enrolling their children in organized sport programs. Calgary is reported to have the 3rd living in Canada.

Focusing on the economic, social and educational needs of the community, KidSport Calgary promotes sport as a tool to develop strong and healthy communities. KidSport believes:

  • That no child should be left on the sidelines and that all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sport.
  • Children leading healthy, active lifestyles is desirable
  • Participation helps develop crucial life skills like team work, self-esteem, discipline, goal-setting, confidence, respect for rules, time management, responsibility, etc.
  • The community of Calgary needs to work together to assist at risk children
  • In collaboration with other local organizations to address social issues affecting youth in Calgary

A fundamental principle for KidSport is that sport participation should be a universal privilege that all kids should have the chance to experience. Aside from the obvious physical health benefits, sport teaches positive values, a variety of soft skills and human competencies applicable to other life circumstances.

Since its inception in 1995, KidSport Calgary has NEVER denied support for a qualified applicant. That translates into KidSport Calgary distributing almost $5 million to help over 22,000 young athletes play in more than 50 different organized sport activities over the past 18 years.

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