The Spirit of Chrysalis has been a staple in Edmonton for the last 6 years and has really helped increase public awareness about our organization and, at the same time, develop an amazing support system of donors, volunteers and contributors for our programs and services.
Over the past two years, the Spirit of Chrysalis has been slowly growing at Chrysalis Calgary. Monthly information sessions have been running since late 2011 and plans for the first Calgary Gala Fundraising Breakfast started to take shape in mid 2012. After over a year of planning, the 1st Annual Gala Breakfast was held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Calgary.
The Calgary Petroleum Club played host to our first event and over 80 people woke up early to join us downtown for the 7:30 am start. Through the efforts of our Charitable Foundation board members in Calgary, and the generosity of companies like the Haggett and Rogers Group of Companies, Ecco Recycling and Energy Corporation, Long Run Exploration and other private donors, we had raised $10,500 before sitting down to eat.
The Gala Breakfast, sponsored by The Strategic Group, featured a wide variety of heartfelt speeches detailing the difference Chrysalis has made to those whom we serve and the community as a whole. Charitable Foundation Board Chair, Mary Pat Barry, Chrysalis CEO, Lynn Groves Hautmann and parents Subah Sadiq and Wendy Janzen all spoke about the different ways Chrysalis has has impacted their lives or the lives of those around them.
A brand new video produced by Lindisfarne Productions was unveiled as well which really showcases the strengths of the organization and the will and determination of the people with disabilities accessing Chrysalis services. The video evoked a wide array of emotions throughout the audience as a few tears and a few laughs were shared throughout the 7 minute feature.
Before the hour concluded, Chrysalis Society board member, Kristen Read, relayed the importance of community support to ensure Chrysalis can continue to provide the type of personalized services that are helping our individuals live full and meaningful lives. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, the event raised nearly $23,000 to help enhance our services! No doubt this total will continue to grow in the coming weeks but more importantly, Chrysalis gained a number of new friends who we hope will spread the word about the work we do.
Special thanks to everyone who played a role in making this event happen and a MASSIVE thank you to those who attended and have lent their support to Chrysalis.