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:
|Mei Hung||Chinese Benevolent Association|
|Marjorie Bencz, Tamisan Bencz-Knight||Edmonton's Food Bank|
|Richard Wong||Chateau Lacombe Hotel|
|Lan Marples||Chinese Lions Club|
|Erin Newell-Lupien||ATCO Gas|
|Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn||Downtown Rotary Club|
|Lorna St. Thomas||Enbridge|
|Mary Sturgeon||Make Something Edmonton|
|Sandra Woitas||Edmonton Public Schools Foundation|
|Hilary Anaka||Finning Canada|
|Kate Gunn||City of Edmonton|
|Robb Campre||Edmonton Economic Development Corporation|
|Theresa Majeran||Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards|
|Angela Saveraux||Canadian Western Bank|
|Lubna Zaeem||Islamic 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.