Vehicles & Violins – 17 Years of Giving

Currently in its 65th year, the Calgary Motor Dealers Association has a long history of involvement with charitable organizations in the City of Calgary and our members have raised millions of dollars to support worthwhile charitable causes.  Our mission is to strengthen community ties by helping to facilitate relationships between our members and auto consumers; many of our philanthropic endeavors draw upon these important relationships.

The 2017 Vehicles and Violins Gala is our 18th annual staging of this event, and for 2017 we have selected two highly-deserving charities to share in the net proceeds of this event.   The Mustard Seed and Prostate Cancer Centre are each outstanding organizations providing valuable services to our community.  We are extremely proud to have them as the beneficiaries of our Gala.

Since our first Gala in the year 2000, we have raised more than $3.7 million for charity!  This money has been shared by:

  • Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
  • Alberta Cancer Society
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • ALS Society of Alberta
  • Alzheimer Society of Calgary
  • Calgary Meals on Wheels
  • Calgary Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Volunteer Driver Program
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Children’s Cottage Society
  • CMDA Entrance Endowment Fund at SAIT Polytechnic
  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre
  • Hospice Calgary
  • Inn from the Cold Society
  • Kids Help Phone
  • KidSport Calgary
  • Make- A-Wish Southern Alberta Canada
  • Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta
  • The Alex
  • The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre
  • The Heartstrings Program of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut
  • The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
  • The Missing Children Society of Canada
  • The Prostate Cancer Institute of Calgary

We are extremely proud to work with our members, sponsors, charities and patrons in this highly successful and ongoing endeavor to support extremely worthwhile and deserving charities in our community.

This year's featured charities include:

The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed has been serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Alberta for over 30 years thanks to our donors, volunteers and support from the community.  It has become a haven for those needing help, which is offered through open hands with unconditional love.  We seek to build hope and wellbeing for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love.  Our vision is for all adults experiencing poverty and homelessness to have their basic needs met, so that they are growing hope and are supported toward sustainable life change and integration into the broader community.

The initial idea for a street ministry for the homeless grew out of the Burning Bush Coffeehouse, which was run by the First Baptist Church in the ‘70s. It became a reality in 1984 when founder Pat Nixon planted The Mustard Seed in an old house in downtown Calgary.

Today, The Mustard Seed in Calgary offers an expansive range of innovative programs and services, including education and employment programs, health and wellness services, basic needs through a shelter for 370 men and women, as well as spiritual care and housing.  In March 2014, The Mustard Seed opened the 1010 Centre, which provides homes to 224 low-income individuals, many of whom have just come out of homelessness.

Likewise in Edmonton, The Mustard Seed was first planted in 1988 in the old Central Baptist Church on 96th Street where it blossomed into a haven for low-income individuals and families. Today, hundreds of people rely on the organization for food, clothing, counselling and other support services such as housing assistance, employment coaching and spiritual development.

On July 1, 2016 The Mustard Seed Red Deer was planted to respond to the growing needs of those experiencing poverty in Alberta.  In Red Deer, The Mustard Seed offers evening meals every day, and a school lunch program that feeds over 350 kids every day.

At The Mustard Seed, we care about the whole person – physical, mental and spiritual.  We recognize that the root causes of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, and so we continue to grow and evolve with the needs of those we serve. By supporting Vehicles and Violins this year, you are becoming an agent of change for Calgary’s most vulnerable people.  We invite you to build community, grow hope, and support change with us.

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Prostate Cancer Centre

With approximately 2,400 new cases diagnosed in Alberta each year, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. 

18 years ago, men didn’t have a place to turn to when faced with prostate cancer. Calgary’s not-for-profit Prostate Cancer Centre was created so no man would face the disease alone.  Today we provide an innovative approach to awareness, assessment, diagnosis, education and access to a variety of treatment options. 

The first Rapid Access clinic for diagnosis was introduced in 2005, reducing the wait time to see a specialist from 90 days to less than ten days on average.  Today we have five additional Rapid Access clinics supporting our patients’ needs during their journey with prostate cancer. The Rapid Access model Clinic delivery has enabled men to be treated with dignity and respect while streamlining services to ensure the best possible treatment is delivered every day to every man. 

Our services also include education and awareness in the community through the Man Van™ mobile PSA blood testing clinic. The initial funding for this one-of-a-kind program was received from our past partnership with the CMDA through the 2006 Vehicles & Violins Gala. The Man Van program has provided baseline PSA blood tests to over 30,000 men, helping save lives through early detection. 

In addition to our treatment services we also house a full research department. 
Our robust research department conducts clinical trials and bench research studies and is staffed by highly trained medical professionals. 

The core of our Centre is our volunteers. Over 70 caring individuals make up this mighty army.  Many of our volunteers consist of former patients who benefited from the peer-to-peer assistance they received throughout their journey with the disease.  Today their smile tells everything when they share their experiences with other men facing the same diagnosis. 

We are grateful for your support of Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre through the 2017 Vehicles & Violin Gala. Together we will ensure every man receives the opportunity to be educated on the importance of early detection and treatment if diagnosed. 

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