Hellenic Community Of Calgary 1 Tamarac Cr. S.W. Calgary, Alberta T3B 2B7 [email protected]

Dear Friends, Planning is underway for the 19th annual Calgary Greek Festival, and we’re very excited to tell you about some big changes! First, the festival will take place on September 16th, 17th, and 18th this year, allowing us to take advantage of the historically great late summer Calgary weather. The site of the festival has also been slightly modified – more activities will take place inside the Community hall, as well as the street and park directly surrounding the hall. We are so grateful to the City of Calgary for partnering with us again this year to plan the site and optimize space, while minimizing the impact on the green space and surrounding neighbours. The Calgary Greek Festival is the largest fundraising event for the Hellenic Community of Calgary, and funds from this event go towards supporting programs in our community throughout the year such as the Greek language school and the Niata dance program. During the festival and throughout the year, volunteers from the various groups within the Greek community work tirelessly to raise funds and give back; collectively over the past 20 years, these groups have raised over two million dollars to support programs both within the Greek community and Calgary as a whole. Once again this year, we are proud to be supporting local charitable organizations making a difference in the lives of Calgarians by donating a portion of the proceeds from the Calgary Greek Festival. The first is the Kids Cancer Care (KCC), which we have partnered with over the past five years. The mission of KCC is to help young people affected by cancer and their families survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit by supporting research, summer camp programs, and scholarships.

The second organization is the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI). ARBI is a close neighbour to the Hellenic Community of Calgary, located right across the street in Spruce Cliff! Their work is focused on offering intensive onsite rehabilitation, outreach services, and community integration programming for Calgarians and their families impacted by brain injuries and strokes. As a friend of our community and past sponsor, we would like to welcome you to support the 2016 Calgary Greek Festival. Your sponsorship will directly impact the lives of many within the Greek community as well as the lives of those served by our partner charitable organizations. Over the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to you to discuss sponsorship opportunities and investment goals. Again, thank you for your support and friendship over the years. Together we are making meaningful changes in peoples’ lives within our community of Calgary.


GREEK SCHOOL & DAYCARE THE LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY This society was formed in 1962 with the purpose of assisting the less fortunate in our society both of Greek and non-Greek decent alike. The Greek word “Philoptochos” actually means “Friends of the Poor”. Throughout the year they hold various smaller fund raising events that then go to assisting people who may be in need of food, shelter, and clothing. The Ladies of the Philoptochos Society work tirelessly towards this cause and to providing their services wherever needed within the community. They also provide volunteers towards the Greek Festival every year in preparing the food, and making all the desserts.

HELLENIC SENIORS SOCIETY Our Senior’s Society actively engages members to continue to participate in activities that provides purpose and focus both within and outside our community. Our seniors volunteer on a regular basis to help support various events put on by our community, including fundraising for the Bow Cliff Senior’s Society, the Greek School, and our annual Calgary Greek Festival. Our seniors also participate in other extracurricular activities such as day trips to different places throughout Alberta, and social gatherings, allowing them to continue to strengthen their relationships with others.

The Hellenic Community School of Calgary was first established in 1963 to teach, preserve and promote the Greek language to children of Greek descent. Maintaining our Hellenic language and culture is just as important to our community today as it was back then. Making sure our future generations know about the immense accomplishments and contributions that their ancestors made to the world at large is fundamental to creating pride in our Hellenic heritage. Building a connection to our language, our customs and our community is what makes our Hellenic community grow. A key component of helping to build that connection is our Greek Community School.   The school offers classes for children from preschool to level 6, and Greek Language and Culture 15, 25, &35 for students who want to advance their Greek and obtain credits for their high school matriculation. Our community also offers a preschool program, which operates Monday to Friday. All our educational programs and language schools are open for participation by both the Greek members and the greater Calgary community.

NIATA DANCE PROGRAM Our youth dance program (literal translation), allows children to learn the various ethnic Greek dances from different regions of Greece, which are rich in history and symbolism. The intricate costumes and steps of the dance depict the struggles the Greeks of that time overcame. The students of the Niata dance program perform at the Remembrance Day celebrations, as well as at the annual Calgary Greek Festival.

Once again, we have chosen KIDS CANCER CARE as one of our official Festival Charity Partners.

Cancer is the number one cause of death for children from six months to young adulthood. This year alone, 160 families in Alberta, will hear this diagnosis and be thrust into stormy waters where they will feel incredibly alone, doubting their own survival. Kids Cancer Care is a charitable organization that helps build bridges of hope and pillars of support for families fighting childhood cancer. Kids Cancer Care helps Alberta children and families by providing funding and programs such as:





Donations provide Kids Cancer Care the support to create amazing camp experiences, advance cancer research, improve care at the hospital or help make educational dreams a reality. Kids Cancer Care is passionately dedicated to helping young people and their families affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit. Their programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage in the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We are proud of our continued affiliation with Kids Cancer Care, as this disease affects so many people, in many communities. A portion of the proceeds from the 2016 Greek Festival will be shared with Kids Cancer Care and go towards assisting to provide funds for camps, research, hospital programs and scholarships. www.kidscancercare.ab.ca

We are delighted to be partnering with ARBI as one of our official Festival Charity Partners this year. For more than 37 years, ARBI has been making life better for people, and their families, who have suffered a brain injury or stroke. What is ARBI ARBI transforms the lives of individuals with acquired brain injuries (including strokes) & traumatic brain-injuries through rehabilitation and community integration - ultimately ensuring everyone with a brain injury lives the best life possible. Why you need ARBI … In Canada, 465 people suffer a brain injury daily; this amounts to one person injured every three minutes. By 2038, 725,000 Canadians will be living with a long-term stroke disability. While the indirect economic costs due to working age disability are estimated to be $7.3 billion in Canada the direct costs – to the economy, family unit and community – are immeasurable. About ARBI … ARBI offers onsite rehabilitation, outreach services and community integration programming. With close to 30 dedicated and passionate professionals – along with more than 100 volunteers per week logging more than 12,000 hours per year – ARBI serves more than 100 clients and their families each year. How ARBI is different … Brain injuries or strokes do not happen to individuals, they happen to families and whole communities. As such, ARBI blends science and compassion to create hope for survivors. ARBI helps survivors once again enjoy fulfilling lives, and families to pave the way for a future with confidence and optimism. What funding supports … Funding and community support for ARBI goes towards the front line service that delivers the programming for our clients. This service is the physio and occupational therapists who worked with Jeff; a Calgary lawyer in his fifties that got an infection from an abscess tooth and suffered a critical brain injury. This service is the community rehab workers and program coordinators who worked with Fred – a young man in his 30’s that had higher than average blood pressure, suffered a nose bleed and acquired a brain injury as a result. This service is the speech-language pathologists who worked with Claudia - a chemical engineer at TransCanada Pipelines, that suffered a stroke at 41. Brain injuries and strokes do not discriminate based on race, religion or socio-economic status – they affect everyone equally. www.arbi.ca

On September 16th, 17th, and 18th, our 3-day family festival will once again entertain approximately 10,000 attendees with live music, dancing, wine and food. It’s all about the food and entertainment, but it’s also an opportunity to share our Hellenic culture with our fellow Calgarians and say “Efharisto” (Thank you) for enabling us to continue to support youth projects, the development of our Community, and many charitable organizations within Calgary. There are a range of sponsorship opportunities which will enable your organization to make a significant contribution toward the overall community, while enjoying strong brand recognition and exposure in a focused, community based initiative.


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LET’S TALK! A representative of the 2016 Calgary Greek Festival would be delighted to speak with you, to discuss the promotional opportunities outlined in this guide and to help build your brand and meet your marketing objectives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Lambros Tsaprailis Chair, 2016 Calgary Greek Festival Sponsorship Committee T: 403-607-1119 E: [email protected] W: www.calgaryhellenic.com