In 2013, this annual fundraiser has a new twist on the popular Open House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 26, 2013 - - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the public on December 6 for the 27th annual Open House and Food Bank Day. New this year is the CBC Canada House for Sochi 2014, the Canada Lives Here movie experience and photos with Santa Claus. And keeping with tradition, the CBC broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street is open for newsroom tours, live broadcasts, and the opportunity for people to meet their favourite local and national personalities.
"This special day not only gets better and bigger each year, but it really shows how the staff and many volunteers at CBC really come together to support an important cause," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC-British Columbia. "The best part of the day is the hundreds of thousands of dollars which are given 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 are geared up to meet CBC fans and will be joined this year by some of CBC's biggest network personalities.
George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, CBC News Now host Suhana Meharchand, and Arctic Air's Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton will be on hand to help lend support to raise funds for food banks in B.C. Also ready to answer donation phone lines and meet fans are Yannick Bisson from Murdoch Mysteries, Bob MacDonald from Quirks and Quarks, David Chilton from Dragons' Den, Erica Johnson from Marketplace, and CBC Sports' Peter Armstrong.
"CBC Food Bank Day is the number one event for food banks around British Columbia. It has a wonderful history, raises an amazing amount of money and has a profound and positive impact on communities of all sizes in this province." 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 with performances by the magnificent Chor Leoni and Company B. He's followed by a special joint broadcast of BC Almanac and North by Northwest from 12 - 3 pm with Brian Minter, car-guy Sam Tremblay and great music. On The Coast will continue the live experience in Studio 700 from 3 - 6 pm, with special performances by Champagne Republic. The evening ends with CBC News Vancouver at 5 and 6 pm live from the news set and CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing live from Vancouver from 5 - 6 pm.
The free newsroom tours run from 8 am - 6 pm. They include a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom, the CBC Canada House which will be open for Sochi 2014, and the Canada Lives Here movie experience. Santa will be available for photos and popular CBC hosts and reporters will be available for photos and introductions along the way.
CBC /Radio-Canada in B.C., has raised well over $3.5 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.
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