December 3rd marked the 24th annual CBC Food Bank Day at CBC Vancouver. This was the second year we tied it in with our public open house and once again, the public came out by the thousands to tour our integrated newsroom, meet their favourite personalities and donate to food banks in BC.
We raised $445,680 during the action packed day! We had help of course with our local CBC personalities and special guests from the CBC Network: The National's Peter Mansbridge. CBC Radio's Q's Jian Ghomeshi and CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos and Jim Treliving. They did everything from interviews, to working the phone lines and meeting fans.
Jian kicked things off on December 2nd with a special Vancouver edition of Q. As you know, because you follow this blog regularly, Jian's show filled up in less than an hour. More than 300 excited fans watched the live recording of the show with special guests, Black Mountain and Sarah McLachlan.
Things just kept going up from there. We kicked things off on December 3rd bright and early with CBC Radio's The Early Edition with a memorable performance of Silent Night with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Jim Pattison (see our Facebook page for the video).
The fun continued with extended versions of CBC Radio One's BC Almanac, On The Coast and All Points West, as well as CBC Radio 3 programs. We heard from local favourites The Zolas, Chor Leoni Men's Choir and many others. Hosts Stephen Quinn, Mark Forsythe, Grant Lawrence, and Jo-Ann Roberts kept the broadcasts exciting with lively interviews and some amazing incentive prizes to help with the fundraising. And our news team with Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Shane Foxman, Claire Martin and all our reporters and producers kept things exciting as people toured the studios.
We also had our first CBC Vancouver Tweetup with none other than @strombo. We had a great turnout and loved meeting our fellow tweeps, live and in person.
And of course, with your help, we helped raise a significant amount of money for food banks in BC. With every dollar translating to three dollars in food purchase for the food bank, the impact will be felt by many British Columbians in need!
Thanks to all of you who donated and thanks to those who volunteered and worked so hard to make this event successful!