On October 23, PCA volunteers, members of Graveyard Blonde and the Calgary Foundation gathered to celebrate the results of Rock the Bow, The Parkdale Community Association’s fundraiser to support flood relief.
Supporting Parkdale’s neighbours
Held on July 19, 2013, Rock the Bow was Parkdale’s attempt to help our neighbours along the Bow River, with all proceeds from the event going directly to The Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding Fund. Parkdale residents along with special guests, Councillor Druh Farrell and His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi enjoyed dinner from the BLAM!Wich food truck, Brenda’s Meat Pies and Tropical Girl Gourmet Carribean Foods while listening to the “radio rock” of Graveyard Blonde and DJ Lokey.
Ticket sales and money raised during the event was supplemented by a generous donation of $2,500 from Seisware Inc. as well as a personal donation of $1,000 from a member of the PCA’s Board of Directors.
Celebrating our success
For PCA Treasurer Paul Neave, the opportunity to give back to Parkdale’s surrounding communities wasn’t just a great idea – it was a signal of a new focus for the PCA.
“After a few years of really tough financial times, taking the opportunity to give back was a special moment for the PCA,” said Neave. “In the past, we wouldn’t have been able to support an initiative of this kind, and now that we are able to do so it shows Parkdalers that we are ready and able to help.”
The Calgary Foundation’s Lauren Simms was equally pleased with the result. Assigned to the Flood Rebuilding Fund only two months into her new role at the Foundation, Simms has been gratified by the works – both big and small – undertaken by Calgarians to support those impacted by the flood.
“It’s a wonderful part of my job when I get to go out into the community and see the wonderful work made by my fellow Calgarians,” said Simms. “With 100 per cent of the funds donated going directly to those affected, Parkdale can be proud of their work and we are looking forward to seeing more out of this great community.”