Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Than A Job (#1)

Medicine Hat and Area came out and showed their overwhelming support for individuals whose lives were affected by the recent flooding throughout Cypress County in Southern Alberta.

In a mind boggling 20 days Jim Pattison Broadcasting and the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede put together a Flood Relief Concert featuring Corb Lund, Kalan Porter, The Straight Jackets and Mahoney. When all the monies were counted an amazing $70,000 will have been given to the Red Cross 2010 Flood Relief Fund for Southern Alberta. We understand that this is now a provincial record and possibly the largest single donation to the Red Cross in Canada. It couldn’t have happened without the special bond that is shared around Southern Alberta. There is a certain synergy that exists from city to country that unites us all.

On the Monday morning following the Father’s Day weekend flood Medicine Hat born and raised CHAT-FM Music Director Mike Doll was the first to say let’s put on a concert to raise funds for flood relief and took on the roll of lead organizer for this event. By that morning he had secured a partnership with The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede.

Taber boy Corb Lund volunteered his services for the concert as did Kalan Porter whose family ranch is just outside of Irvine, one of the hardest hit areas in Southern Alberta. Additionally Medicine Hat talent The Straight Jackets and Mahoney all volunteered their time. CHAT-FM and CFMY-FM took care of all performances expenses allowing 100% of the door to go to Flood Relief 2010.

-- Jay Hitchen, OM, Jim Pattison Radio Group, Medicine Hat

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