2016 Chinook Dinner Report

We are thrilled to advise that the Chinook Dinner, held at the Nash Restaurant, on October 19th, had a record attendance. As a result of your generous efforts, in 2016 we have raised a record amount for the fund of about $55,694!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the TD Canada Trust, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, the Law Shop, and Bee Kingdom Glass,  all expenses were covered, meaning the full amount of your donations will be added to the Chinook Fund, invested at the Calgary Foundation, and the income earned used to increase our grants in all the years to come.

The total in the Chinook Fund is now approximately $311,000.

Congratulations to our 2016 Chinook Fund Grant recipients, who are:

  • Calgary Outlink providing seed money for a new project targeting the needs of LGBT seniors;
  • Calgary Boys and Girls Clubs to fund a staff education initiative to better deal with transgender youth, plus resources and curriculum for those working with gender and sexually diverse children under the age of 12;
  • Lethbridge's Theatre Outre and Theatre BSMT for a production next year of the play The Curing Room.

Last but not least, a big congratulations to our Chinook Hero Award recipients for 2016, who are Nancy Miller and Richard Gregory for their decades of advocacy on behalf of our LGBT community. To name only two of their many areas of involvement and accomplishment, they organized the first Calgary Pride Parades and were founders and key members of CLAGPAG, which became a very effective advocate for our human rights. Both our award winners played key roles in obtaining the rights that we now all enjoy!

We hope to have as much success in our 2017 Chinook dinner in October!

2015 Chinook Dinner Report and Artwork Draw Prize for Further Donations

We are thrilled to report that thanks to your support our annual Chinook Fund Dinner,  this year at Parc Brasserie, was a great success. A record 93 people attended. While we won’t know a total donated until we receive a report from the Calgary Foundation, we are certain that more than $40,000 was raised, and believe the final total will be closer to $50,000. This amount will be added to the more than $220,000 that was already in our fund, and the interest on it will increase the amount available for our annual grants next year.

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Chinook Fund Announces Next Fundraising Date

The Calgary’s “Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund” is pleased to announce the fund has grown to over $221,000.

This year we will be able to increase our grants to almost $9,000. The deadline for grant applicants is 30th September 2015Details of the application process can be found atwww.calgarychinookfund.ca.

Last year’s grants enabled us to support Outlink’s LGBT program assisting recent immigrants and refugees arriving in Calgary, along with a grant supporting the funding of Gay Straight Alliances in local schools.

Our goal is to build the fund’s assets to ensure it can give even more substantial annual grants. Our aim is to raise approximately $50,000 this year which will translate into minimum future annual grants of $10,000 going forward.



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Chinook Funds Exceeds Goals and Grows to over $155,000

Thank you all for helping the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund to grow. We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goals in 2013 by raising about $42,000 from your donations.

For those who attend our 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner on 17th October 2013 at The Bar C Restaurant, thank you!   The event was a great success in many ways.  Our dinner guests were incredibly generous, with 70 in attendance giving on average about $600 each. Thanks to you, our fund balance is just over $155,000.

Dinner was provided by Courtney Aarbo Barristers and Solicitors and drinks provided by Dr. Martin Harvey and Fernie Getaways. Their support ensured that 100% of your donation was deposited into the Chinook Fund’s Calgary Foundations account.  By now you should have received a charitable receipt for the entire amount of your donation issued by from The Calgary Foundation (should you have any questions about your receipt please contact Kelly Ernst at info@calgarychinookfund.ca).  We also wish to thank Bar C and their staff for their professional, friendly and efficient service.

It was an honour to introduce the first recipient of the Chinook Hero Award.  The award gives thanks and recognition to a member or group in the Alberta LGBT community who has helped improve the LGBT community over a period of years.  The Hero Award is given to no more than one group or person per year and there is no financial award given. The 2013 recipient was Delwin Vriend, who challenged the Alberta Human Rights Act in a Supreme Court case after he was fired for being gay. He won the case and as a result “sexual orientation” was read into the Canadian constitution. He helped change the laws in Canada so that we could all enjoy equal rights, something that is being modeled in many countries worldwide.

In 2013, income from the fund enabled us to issue three grants for the first time, a sign of the growth the fund has been able to make. Grant recipients were Calgary Outlink’s Beyond Borders Program, Fairytales Presentation Society’s Queer Media Program, and Third Street Theatre in association with Alberta Playwright’s Network.  The Beyond Borders Program funding is to support the development of resources to assist LGBT immigrants to Calgary access services. The Queer Media Program is supporting youth to produce visual media that explores concepts of queer identity, facing challenges and overcoming obstacles. Third Street Theatre funding was for the development of 2 play scripts with subject material exploring issues relevant to the LGBT community.

We hope as the fund grows to be able to provide more meaningful amounts to other worthy causes. It is important to stress that the fund’s principle is never touched; grants are made from the income generated by the fund, making this truly a gift that keeps on giving.  We do plan on continuing to keep our donors informed about the Chinook Fund through a periodic news email and by posting information on our website, found at www.calgarychinookfund.ca.  We encourage your further involvement as well as your assistance in informing others about it.

For those of you hearing about the Chinook Fund for the first time, or those inclined to provide ongoing support, we remind you donations can also be made to the Fund either through the Calgary Foundation at: https://pHYPERLINK “https://payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/”aHYPERLINK “https://payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/”yment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/ or directed to the Fund through the United Way Annual Campaign (direct your donation  through the Calgary Foundation to the “Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund”).

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce the Chinook Fund to a growing circle of supporters and donors.

Although most people receiving this newsletter will be aware of our existence and probably attended our October fundraiser, please feel free to forward this notice to friends and loved ones that you think might be interested in learning more about our efforts.

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