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CBC Food Bank Day raises $706,897 — but you can donate all weekend!

CBC Vancouver is celebrating another successful year as its annual Open House and Food Bank Day wrapped up Friday with donations in excess of last year's total.

Open House and Food Bank Day has been helping families in need during holiday season for 30 years

Visitors to CBC Vancouver's 2016 Food Bank Day got their chance to be in the spotlight — and donate over $700,000 to B.C. food banks. (David Horemans/CBC)

CBC Vancouver is celebrating another successful year as its annual Open House and Food Bank Day wrapped up Friday with donations in excess of last year's total.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have, as of 6 p.m. Friday, raised $706,897.

Last year, we raised $630,314 for families in need.

But we're not done yet: if you couldn't come down to CBC Vancouver, you can click to donate here all weekend long.

CBC Food Bank Day is fun for kids of all ages. (Roshini Nair/CBC)

You can see how the day went by checking out social media posts from CBC personalities and fans on our social wall.

Here's how the day went:

The Early Edition

6 a.m. PT - 8:30 am PT | hosted by Rick Cluff

Host Rick Cluff was joined by Amy Bell and Margaret Gallagher with musical guests Chor Leoni and The Sojourners.

Chor Leoni takes the stage for CBC's The Early Edition for Food Bank Day. (Roshini Nair/CBC)
Margaret Gallagher, Amy Bell, and Rick Cluff at CBC Open House and Food Bank Day 2016. (Roshini Nair/CBC)

Newsroom tours

8 a.m. PT - 5 p.m. PT

Vistors were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the newsroom and studios and were able to meet CBC hosts and reporters Andrew Chang, Dan Burritt, Anita Bathe, Lien Yeung, Johanna Wagstaffe, Ian Hanomansing, Sarah Galashan and Steve Niles as well as special guest Peter Mansbridge.

There was even an opportunity to test journalistic skills behind the camera.

Future anchors at the desk at CBC's Open House and Food Bank Day! (CBC)

BC Almanac and North By Northwest

Noon - 3 p.m. PT | hosted by Gloria Macarenko and Sheryl MacKay

In this special combined broadcast, BC Almanac's Gloria Macarenko and North by Northwest's Sheryl MacKay welcomed musical guests Company B and The Vancouver Bach Children's Choir.

North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay, left, and BC Almanac host Gloria Macarenko, right, costed a special three-hour Food Bank Day edition of BC Almanac. (Wendy D Photography)
Sheryl MacKay (left) and Gloria Macarenko (right) with musical guest Company B at the 2016 CBC Open House and Food Bank Day. (Roshini Nair/CBC)

On the Coast

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. PT | hosted by Stephen Quinn

Host Stephen Quinn and Lisa Christiansen regaled the audience with musical guests Rich Hope and the Yuletide Four.

Those donating were entered to win a number of prizes including a Jean Larrivée guitar, a Tofino getaway, and a handmade Miyabi Japanese knife set.

Lisa Christiansen, centre, and Stephen Quinn, right, host a special Food Bank Day broadcast of On the Coast from Studio 700. (CBC)

Across British Columbia

CBC Prince George opened its doors from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. to raise money to support Northern B.C. food banks. Host Robert Doane and the team at CBC Prince George entertained visitors with special guests "Rex" the party pig and RCMP service dog "Max"!

CBC Victoria's On The Island  with host Gregor Craigie broadcast special holiday programming in support of local food banks from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. PT.

From 3 – 6 p.m. PT All Points West host Robyn Burns broadcast live outside the CBC Victoria building.

CBC Prince Rupert host Carolina de Ryk was at the Java Dot Cup from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT with musical guest "The Rolling Tones" and Santa Claus for a live broadcast in support of northern B.C food banks.

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