CBC Stars Shine Bright in Vancouver to Raise Money for B.C. Food Banks

Annual fundraiser includes CBC's Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos and more

November 27, 2012 - CBC/Radio-Canada opens its doors on December 7 for the annual Open House and Food Bank Day.  The public is invited to the Vancouver Broadcast Centre on 700 Hamilton Street for tours, live broadcasts and the opportunity to meet their favourite local and national personalities. 

"This event is a huge success every year with hundreds of people touring the building and meeting our local and national personalities," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC-British Columbia. "The result has been hundreds of thousands of dollars in generous donations for those in our communities who need food."

CBC Vancouver's Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Johanna Wagstaffe, Shane Foxman, Rick Cluff, Mark Forsythe and Stephen Quinn will be joined this year by some of CBC's biggest network personalities.

Peter Mansbridge, host of CBC's The National and George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will be joined by Arctic Air's Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton, to help lend support to raise funds for food banks in B.C.  Also joining us for this great cause are Yannick Bisson from Murdoch Mysteries, Graham Wardle from Heartland, David Chilton from Dragons' Den, Erica Johnson and Tom Harrington from Marketplace and CBC Sports' Brenda Irving

"Food bank usage has gone up again this year in B.C.  There are more middle class people finding it just too difficult to manage their household expenses without help from food banks" says Marilyn Herrmann, President of Food Banks B.C.

Rick Cluff, host of The Early Edition starts off the day of live broadcasts at 5:30 am followed by a special joint broadcast of BC Almanac and North by Northwest from 12 - 3 pm.  On The Coast and All Points West will continue the live experience in Studio 700 from 3 - 6 pm. Special guests and performers include Chor Leoni, Chad Brownlee and The Odds. The evening ends with CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm live from the news set and CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing live from Vancouver from 5 - 6 pm. 

The public will be able to participate in tours of the building starting at 8 am, including a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom and will meet CBC hosts and reporters along the way.

CBC /Radio-Canada in B.C., has raised well over $3 million dollars for food banks throughout B.C. Food banks can use their wholesale buying power to purchase three dollars' worth of food for every dollar donated. Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations.

For more information about CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House & Food Bank Day and to make a donation online now go to http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/openhouse-foodbank/

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