Green Calgary raised approximately $10,000 in donations from the local community in a silent auction at the annual fall festival Celebrating Local Living and Giving Oct. 27.
The festival was hosted at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association with an attendance of about 260 people.
Its purpose was to promote local businesses and encourage Calgarians to participate in their local economy.
“We’re full near capacity,” said Paul Pflanz, a two year volunteer for Green Calgary.
Pflanz said that the event had received the attendance they were hoping for and was pleased that the community came together in support of sustainability and Green Calgary.
“It’s tremendous,” he said.
All of the items in the silent auction were contributed locally. Green Calgary also received generous donations from several local businesses such as the Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary Stampede, Black Sheep Mattresses and Riva’s Eco Store.
Organic and local food and refreshments were served throughout the evening and the event also featured a wine raffle as well as several local musicians including T Buckley, Drie Docs, and Jocelyn Alice & Lisa Jacobs.
“Being that it’s our first year hosting the event, it’s been incredibly successful,” said Amy Inkster, Marketing and Events Coordinator for Green Calgary.
“It’s great but busy,” she said in a face-to-face interview.
Inkster said that Green Calgary hosted the event with the focus of creating a strong and green local economy.
All of the food at the event was served in reusable plates and the leftover food waste was composted.
“We’re trying to be waste free,” she said.
100 per cent of net proceeds from the Fall Festival will be used to support the ongoing programs and services of Green Calgary.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Green Calgary is a dynamic social enterprise and registered charity committed to empowering Calgarians to create healthy and sustainable homes, workplaces and communities.
“I always love to support Green Calgary,” said Benita Ludwig, a long-time advocate of Green Calgary.
She has previously attended several events hosted by Green Calgary and was pleased with the outcome of the Fall Festival this year.
“The space was also very well used,” said Ludwig in a face-to-face interview.
“I’m really glad with how many people attended.”