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David Foster Foundation Gala raises $8.2 million

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Hudson and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were amoung celeberty guests at the Calgary event

DAVIDThe 26th annual David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala and Concert took place in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 27 raised $8.2 million for families with children in need of organ transplants, which was double the amount raised at last year's event held in Toronto.

The gala, which was last hosted in Calgary in 2006, entertained 800 guests at the Westjet hanger located in the city's northeast.

Celebrity appearances included Calgary Flames commentator Kelly Hrudey, actress Melissa Peterman, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Laureen Harper, Dragon's Den Jim Treliving, comedian Sinbad and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Additionally, guests were treated to performances from classical singer Jackie Evancho, country star Brett Kissel, R&B singer Kenny "babyface" Edmonds, Jennifer Hudson, surprise special guest Steven Tyler and David Foster himself.


Take Back the Night fights gender-based violence

take back the night thumbnailWomen and men reclaim the Beltline streets and sidewalks on Sept. 19, marching 10 blocks without fear of abuse, assault, or rape in the evening, a time that's been a source of terror for many victims of gender-based violence. Take Back the Night's annual protest, which started at 8 p.m, celebrates the issue of resistance and creates a platform where indigenous women, women of colour, and Caucasian women can voice their experiences, fears and hopes for the future.

Autumn EagleSpeaker, active in Idle No More Calgary and manager of the Iyahrhe Nakoda Foodbank Society, addressed and analyzed the current topic of violence against aboriginal women and solutions for how indigenous women can reach economic, social, gender and racial parity within Canada.


Responsible riding on Calgary roads

Preventing motorcycle collisions through teaching

ThumbBadger2Calgary has experienced numerous motorcycle collisions in the first half of 2014, including three fatalities and 67 collisions involving injuries, according to the Calgary Police Service.

In 2013, there were three motorcycle fatalities and nine in 2012.

But it was a fatal crash last year that has led to a commemorative tone for the second annual Ride to Remember, put on by Too Cool Motorcycle School, set for Sept. 27.

In August 2013, Calgary's riding community lost a friend. John Ross MacRae died at the age of 24 in a crash during a race in Quebec. Trevor Dech, the chief instructor and owner of Too Cool Motorcycle School, knew MacRae since he was a baby and has dedicated this year's Ride to Remember to MacRae.


Calgary celebrities incarcerated for fundraiser

AARCS’ first annual “Jail and Bail”, locking up Calgary celebs and VIPs in dog kennels, was roaring success

AARCS KaityBrown 05Where can you find three Calgary Flames athletes, pageant winner Mrs. Calgary, a UFC fighter, a teacher and several veterinarians locked up in cages?  At the first Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) Jail and Bail, where ordinary people become jailbirds to raise money to save lives of animals in Alberta.

Katie Ayres, event organizer and operations manager for AARCS, says she didn’t expect so many people would want to get locked up in dog kennels.

“We had so much interest in it from our volunteers and supporters in general,” says Ayres.

Despite celebrity appearances, the star of the show was Nero the dog, a burn-victim who lost both ears in what is suspected to be intentional animal abuse.