February 19th, 2018

Looking to make new friends

By Sulz, Dave on September 26, 2017.

Community Foundation dinner goes Sept. 28


A longstanding organization in the community is looking to make some new friends.

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is holding its annual Friends of the Foundation Dinner at the Lethbridge Lodge on Sept. 28, and, according to executive director Charleen Davidson, interest is high.

“The dinner has always been an opportunity for our generous donors – our friends – to come together and celebrate this great organization that they’ve helped to build,” says Davidson. “As always, we encourage them to bring their friends, too, so that they can join the celebration and learn more about the important work that the Community Foundation does throughout Southwestern Alberta.”

There is much to celebrate this year, says Davidson. “The Community Foundation has been around for over 50 years, and it’s thanks to the community that we’re able to boast such longevity. Ours is the ninth oldest of an extraordinary network of 191 community foundations across Canada, and that is something we are proud of. It is proof that Southwestern Alberta has a long history of giving and of being forward-thinking.”

The evening will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation with keynote speaker Sheila McManus, a Full Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge. Davidson says to expect a fascinating, irreverent, look at how Canadian Confederation shaped local history, and vice versa. “Canada 150 was an important part of the Community Foundation’s work this year. We were able to offer a special round of funding for projects and events related to the milestone, so we are delighted that Dr. McManus has agreed to join us and help keep the festivities going.”

Other Community Foundation events coming up include the launch of their fifth Vital Signs publication on Oct. 5, Random Acts of Kindness Day on Nov. 3, and the Fall Grants Celebration in early December. All events are open to the public.

Formed in 1966 with an initial investment of $500, the Community Foundation now has an endowment of over $26 million, all of which has come from the generosity of local donors. Through their support, the Community Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year to local charities throughout the region.

For tickets to the Friends Dinner or more information about any upcoming events, contact the Community Foundation office at 403-328-5297, or visit their website, cflsa.ca.

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