Gateway Gazette

Happy Trails and Thank-You

As we bid a fond farewell to another edition of the Calgary Stampede, we’d be remiss if we didn’t extend a hearty thanks to all who supported our parking lot fundraiser.

Over the 10 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund operated a parking lot at the Erlton campus of Chinook Learning Services, located at 24 28 Ave. S.W.

We charged just $15 for all day parking – the cheapest rate in the area – and we parked hundreds of cars during Stampede, raising thousands of dollars for the JPMF and the Calgary Wolves soccer team.

Funds raised for the JPMF will help support our safety initiatives, which aim to keep first responders safe on the job so they can return home safely to their families after every shift.

The Wolves soccer team, meanwhile, is comprised of players who work for the Calgary Police Service and RCMP. The team plays throughout North America and they will honour fallen police members by wearing the names of fallen officers on their jerseys, accompanied by numbers indicating the years they passed away.

“We are proud to have partnered with the Wolves on this fundraiser,” said JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson. “We both have an interest in honouring fallen officers and we were thrilled with the volunteer commitment shown by the soccer team for this event.”

Many thanks go to all who volunteered throughout Stampede, as well as everyone who supported the fundraiser by parking at the lot.

“This was a fantastic community event to be a part of,” said Wilson. “Not only were we providing a valuable service, this also gave us a chance to talk to people face-to-face about the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. It allowed us to talk about John and the amazing work that is being done in his name.”

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