Representatives of Alberta’s Fire Aid Organizing Committee, comprised of volunteers from across Alberta, have announced a major fundraising concert in support of the recovery of Wood Buffalo communities affected by wildfire. Fire Aid for Fort McMurray, scheduled for June 29th at Commonwealth Stadium, will feature an outstanding lineup of 12 acts including Nickelback, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Dean Brody, The Rankin Family, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissell, Randy Bachman, Ian Tyson, Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies, Dear Rouge and High Valley.
“All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Fort McMurray United Way to support the city’s efforts to rebuild for all residents, individuals, families and businesses,” said the release from the organizing committee.
In her statement, Mayor Melissa Blake articulated that our public infrastructure remains intact, but that the social infrastructure will need more support than ever before.
“There are many priorities as we plan to return to our homes and jobs,” she said. “One of the most important is ensuring that our social profit sector is supported to provide the broad range of human care that will be essential in the weeks, months and years ahead. The United Way of Fort McMurray is a great avenue for providing funding support that will be locally designed and delivered to meet the needs of our residents.”
Mayor Blake is the Honourary Chair of this historic fundraising effort along with Edmonton-based community leaders Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) CEO and Vice Chair; Len Rhodes, Edmonton Eskimos Football Club President and CEO; and Tim Reid, Northlands President and CEO.
“We are honoured that these amazing organizations recognize the important role all social profit agencies will play in rebuilding our communities at a very human level,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, The United Way of Fort McMurray.
“From a small business owner trying to adjust to the loss of a home to a child reacting to the trauma of a terrifying evacuation; from an individual struggling with an addiction trying to find a housing solution to a senior coping with the stress of losing a lifetime of memories, agencies in our community will need resources to rebuild their capacity to help. This concert event is going to have a profound impact on our ability to allocate the needed resources to the areas of greatest need.”
Tickets for Fire Aid for Fort McMurray will go on sale Monday, May 30th at 10AM. Tickets are $35.00, $60.00 and $99.00 and will be available at ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Ticketmaster will be making a contribution to support the efforts of Fire Aid.
You can find out more by visiting www.fireaid.ca.