CBC Turkey Drive nears goal of $500,000

CBC Edmonton continues towards its goal of $500,000 in the 18th annualTurkey drive in aid of Edmonton's Food Bank.
"Edmonton AM host presents Tanya Rumak of Landmark Group of Builders with the Turkey Spirit Award. (Steven Wagers/CBC )

CBC Edmonton continues towards its goal of $500,000 in the 18th annual Turkey drive in aid of Edmonton's Food Bank.

Generous donors contributed a whopping $300,000 on Blitz Day yesterday, bringing the tally to more than $487,000.

"When we doubled our goal to raise half a million dollars for hungry people in our city, we knew it was a lot to ask." said CBC Edmonton managing director Judy Piercey. "But our approach was taken in the true spirit of Edmonton:

"We asked for help from our friends, neighbours, schools and leaders in many communities and businesses," she said. "I'm proud of our city and the role CBC played to make a difference to children, women and men who need help getting food on the table."

While CBC is no longer taking in-person donations at our CBC station, donations can still be made online or at Edmonton's Food Bank at 11508-120 Street.

Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly presented he 2013 Turkey Spirit Awards to two donors this morning. Landmark Group of Builders won the corporate Turkey Spirit Award for a donation of $40,100, while Holyrood Elementary School won the school Junior Turkey Spirit Award for a donation of $30,125. 

For the first time, Piercey created a Turkey Drive Advisory Council of community and business members to help expand the annual effort.

The council includes:

Rhonda AndersonKPMG
Mei HungChinese Benevolent Association
Marjorie Bencz, Tamisan Bencz-KnightEdmonton's Food Bank
Lana BertschStantec
Richard WongChateau Lacombe Hotel
Lan MarplesChinese Lions Club
Erin Newell-LupienATCO Gas
Stacey Scott NykolyshynDowntown Rotary Club
Connie SmartEpcor
Lorna St. ThomasEnbridge
Mary SturgeonMake Something Edmonton
Sandra WoitasEdmonton Public Schools Foundation
Hilary AnakaFinning Canada
Steve ChattargoonNAIT
Kate GunnCity of Edmonton
Robb CampreEdmonton Economic Development Corporation
Theresa MajeranBelcourt Brosseau Metis Awards
Angela SaverauxCanadian Western Bank
Lubna ZaeemIslamic Family and Social Services

CBC would also like to thank the volunteers who manned the donation desk for the seven days of the drive:  Edmonton's Food Bank, ATB Financial, Edmonton hotel and hospitality industry, Canadian Western Bank, REACH Edmonton, NextGen, Edmonton Youth Council, Edmonton Chinese Lions Club and Edmonton Host Lions Club.