Calgary rocks through the snow!

Annual battle of the raises money for March of Dimes Canada programs

For Immediate Release – If you weren’t at The Palace Theatre last night, you should have been.

For the eleventh year, local bands played to raise money for Canadians living with disabilities. The Contraband, Barefoot Souls, and Advo-Cats all performed for fans and judges, and supported MODC while they did.

As always, our judges had a tough decision to make. In the end, Paul Dunphy (Global News), Dan Owen (OCL Studios), Russell Broom (JUNO Award winner), and David Farmer (RFD veteran) chose The Contraband as the winning act.

Altogether, the event raised a whopping $46,000 for MODC programs and services. And that was in the middle of a monster snowstorm! 88% of the money stays here in Alberta, and goes toward Conductive Education and Peer Support Groups.

‘We’re so grateful to Calgary,’ said Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications for MODC. ‘They didn’t let the weather stop them, and they raised an amazing amount of money.’

MODC also provided 9 people with a customized tablet through its Assistive Mobile Technology Program. Kelly Good, Conner Tasker, Kate Cowling, Mary-Rose Salvani, Glenn Crowchief, Morven Graham, Collin Fernandes, Makrina Morozowski, and Wesley Cayenne will all be able to customize their tablets with apps to help them communicate and live more independently. 

‘Technology is a powerful tool when it’s deployed the right way. We can’t wait to find out how these tablets get used,’ Stewart added. 

Our very generous sponsors are: JSS Barristers, Long & McQuade, Agency 59, Respiratory Homecare solutions, Tundra Process Solutions, Pellarin, Solo Liquor, Cinderwood Photography, Global Calgary, Calgary Sun, Q107, The Palace Theatre, OCL Studios, ATB Financial, Prohibition Free House, Tony Nicastro, RE/MAX Real Estate (Central), Lumina Management Consultants, and Baber Design Build.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada.  For more information, please visit or call 1-800-263-3463.   


For more information, please contact:
Tina Siegel
Public Relations and Media Co-ordinator, March of Dimes Canada
416.425.3463 ext. 7258  

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