For over 65 years, CMHA Calgary has been dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for individuals and families facing mental health or substance use concerns. This mission is not one we can undertake alone; our organization is powered by the incredible support of our community.
This summer, we’ve been inspired by the community fundraisers that have not only raised vital funds but also helped shatter the stigma surrounding mental health. Here’s a glimpse of the incredible events that have taken place, and the remarkable people behind them:
Cody Snyder Charity Bullbustin’
For the fifth consecutive year, CMHA Calgary had the privilege of being one of the chosen charities at the Cody Snyder Charity Bullbustin’ event held at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino.
On Wednesday, July 5, some of the world’s best bull riders and Stampede enthusiasts alike united to support a great cause. The 50/50 raffle alone raised a staggering $17,465.64. But that’s not all; the Bullbustin’ charitable initiatives, including the Calcutta auction pool, contributed an additional $127,495.80 to support CMHA Calgary’s programs and services. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Snyder Family and the Bullbustin’ team for their unwavering support of mental health.
Morty’s Marathon for Mental Health
“Never feel like you are alone in this fight. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help. It will change your life. There is light at the end of the tunnel,” shared former Junior A hockey player, Tanner Mortenson.
Tanner embarked on a remarkable journey to raise awareness for mental health and substance abuse. Originally planning to rollerblade from Calgary to Banff and back (approximately 354KM), Tanner exceeded his fundraising goal of $3,500 within just a few months. Inspired by his success and motivated by the cause, he decided to double his distance, skating across Alberta from Banff to the Saskatchewan border. The result? A remarkable $6,435 raised for mental health. Tanner, your dedication is awe-inspiring, and we applaud your incredible achievement!
Calgary Tennis Club’s Canada Day Open
From June 28 to July 3, the Calgary Tennis Club hosted the Canada Day Open, a tournament dedicated to supporting mental health and addiction awareness. Together, they raised $3,771 for CMHA Calgary!
“The Calgary Tennis Club has chosen to support mental health initiatives because it has affected The Calgary Tennis Club family in many different ways,” said General Manager of the Calgary Tennis Club, Joshua Staav. “No matter your background, mental health is something that has affected so many different people in many different ways. We hope to do our small part in raising awareness and helping those in need with our donation.”
Boutiques, Blues and Burlesque
Morgan Miller, reigning Miss Alberta 2023, is a steadfast advocate for mental health.
She not only volunteered at this year’s Bullbustin’ event (selling the winning 50/50 ticket!) but also organized a fundraising extravaganza in support of CMHA Calgary and Make-A-Wish.
This event featured a silent auction, captivating performances, and models promoting local businesses. Morgan, your dedication to mental health and your community is truly commendable!
Well Minded 2023 Charity Run
Established in 2021, the Well Minded Charity Run continues its mission to combat the stigma surrounding mental health.
This summer, the run not only raised an impressive $48,537.80 – it also heightened awareness about the importance of mental health. With each step, participants pushed back against the stigma, contributing to a brighter future. Hats off to all who helped to organize and participated!
Bluestar 3rd Annual Invitational Golf Tournament
Bluestar Engineering Ltd. celebrated its third annual invitational golf tournament, and this year, their focus was on raising funds for CMHA Calgary. The day was filled with fun, including a silent auction and a thrilling 50/50 draw. Thank you to Bluestar Engineering, as well as to all the event sponsors and participants!
Together We Thrive
These community fundraisers are shining examples of what can be achieved when a community comes together to support a worthy cause. CMHA Calgary is immensely grateful for the dedication and generosity of these individuals and organizations. But our work is far from over.
We invite you to join us in our mission to reduce the impact of mental illness and addiction in our community. Consider hosting a community fundraiser or pledging a portion of your sales to support CMHA Calgary. We look forward to sharing your great support in our next community appreciation blog!Host a Community Fundraiser
You are not alone. There is help.
If you cannot find someone you trust who is willing to support you, dial a crisis line right away at 403-266-HELP (4357) All crisis lines are confidential.