The Canadian Avalanche Foundation’s fundraiser held on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at the CP Railway Pavilion in Calgary was an unqualified success! The Silent Auction continues to be an important and popular part of the evening raising $30,000 this year. Along with sponsorships, ticket sales and “The Tower of Wine Raffle, over $70,000 was raised to support the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s work to promote avalanche safety!
It was indeed a great evening! Hosted by CBC’s Paul Karchut, the tone of the evening was set with Calgary Deputy Mayor Evan Woolley's opening remarks recounting his memories of a tragic avalanche accident in 1997 claiming 4 of his schoolmates. He pointed out that with today’s bulletins provided by the CAC, there is a good chance the accident might not have happened those many years ago.
"Imagine a winter in Canada without any avalanche fatalities." It’s the bold new vision that Gilles Valade, Executive Director of the Canadian Avalanche Centre, shared with us. A new strategy for avalanche safety will be launched this fall aimed at eliminating avalanche fatalities. It’s a big challenge that will require continued support from donors, corporate sponsors and governments.
Thanks to everyone who supported and attended the event!!!