Calgary

Thanks to all the 'We've Got Your Back, Fort Mac' donors and volunteers

Hundreds of people dropped by the CBC Calgary studios on Wednesday, donating tens of thousands of dollars to help people affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Live broadcasts from CBC Calgary lobby included live music, food and plenty of generosity from Calgarians

Alberta@Noon host Donna McElligott speaks to a Red Cross spokesperson about providing emergency funds of $600 per adult and $300 per child from a portion of the $67 million raised so far for Fort McMurray. (CBC)

Hundreds of people dropped by the CBC Calgary studios on Wednesday, donating tens of thousands of dollars to help people affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Throughout the day, radio programs were broadcast from the building's lobby, with live bands and free snacks on site, as representatives from the Canadian Red Cross, Calgary Food Bank and Calgary Humane Society collected donations from listeners.

CBC Calgary would like to thank everyone who donated, as well as those who kept the donors well fed, including Burger 320Crave CupcakesJelly Modern DoughnutsATCO Blue Flame KitchenSidewalk CitizenLa Boulangerie, and Village Ice Cream.

Live music from Fraid KnotAmy Heffernan and TwoShine County also helped keep everyone entertained.

Here are some of the highlights from the day.

Burgers for breakfast

Burger 320 brought delicious breakfasts-on-a-bun to the CBC Calgary studio for hungry donors who arrived throughout the morning.

(@Burger320/Twitter)

Waking up with Celtic rock 

Calgary-based Celtic rock band Fraid Knot brought some upbeat tunes to the Calgary Eyeopener morning show as part of the charity event.

Pets need help, too

By early afternoon, the Calgary Humane Society had received $2,370 in donations to help pets displaced by the Fort McMurray fire.

(@CalgaryHumane/Twitter)

Famous portrait

Russell Thomas brought his now-famous portrait of Fort McMurray fire Chief Darby Allen to the CBC Calgary station. 

The original will be gifted to the Fort McMurray fire department and prints are being made available for sale, with proceeds going to the United Way campaign for Fort McMurray.

(alberta@noon/CBC)

Famous (bad) portraits

Mandy Stobo, the Calgarian behind Bad Portraits, brought her specially designed "Bad Bomber" T-shirt to the studio. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales help support Fort McMurray evacuees.

(Danielle Nerman/CBC)

Birthday money

Calgarians of all ages dropped by to make donations, including this young man who gave his birthday money in support of the Fort McMurray evacuees.

(@CBCCalgary) (CBC)

Refugees helping evacuees

Five-year-old Elie Khallas heard about the terrible destruction in Fort McMurray and couldn't help but remember what happened to his family as they fled Syria. Along with his dad, Salem, they donated $400 to the Canadian Red Cross on behalf of the Syrian Refugee Support Group in Calgary.

(Erin Collins/CBC)

Gourmet afternoon

ATCO Blue Flame chefs Jessica Willott and Joanne Ellard served up some gourmet vegetarian chili to keep the donation drive going strong throughout the afternoon.

(@CBCHomestretch/CBC)

Thanks again to everyone who participated.

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