2017 Foundation Golf Tournament
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 is the annual Calgary Stampede "Divot Classic" volunteer and friend’s golf day. The tournament is open to our incredible volunteers, dedicated staff, sponsors, suppliers and supporters. Over the past 19 years WE have raised over $745,000 for youth and education programs, all donated to the Calgary Stampede Foundation’s Stampede School program.
The Stampede Foundation supports many amazing experiences for youth, including the Stampede School, which allows grade school students from Calgary and southern Alberta to learn western heritage and values using the Calgary Stampede as their classroom. Schools compete for this opportunity and the program is consistently oversubscribed.
This year marks the 20th annual CS Divot Classic to be held on Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club; registration at 11:30 and shotgun start Texas scramble at 1:00 pm. We will have a full slate of golfers enjoying a first class golf day to include tee gift, range and balls, 18 holes championship golf, steak ... ribs and all the fixings buffet, live and silent auction and even prizes for some. Following our western heritage and values, individual golf registration fees for all of this remain at $150.00, thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club and the D'Arcy family, easily the best deal in town
For sponsorship opportunities and the online fillable registration form, please see the link below.
Thank you for your support.
Your Divot Classic Golf Committee
TransAlta Performing Arts Studios
April 6, 2017 was the official grand opening of the TransAlta Performing Arts Studios. This is the first facility to open as part of a broader youth campus on Stampede Park. The 13,000 sq. ft. studio features seven rehearsal rooms individually designed to provide young Calgarians with a much-needed space to gather, learn, and celebrate the arts.
2016 Stampede Volunteer and Friends Divot Classic
2015 Western Legacy Awards
This year, Calgary Stampede President and Chairman of the Board, Bill Gray recognized Ann McCaig and Steve Snyder with the Chairman’s award for their dedication and passion for the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the success of the Foundation’s recent capital campaign. Together McCaig and Snyder were co-chairs of the ‘We’re Greatest Together Campaign’ that raised more than $100 million.
This year’s recipients are community leaders who genuinely have a passion for preserving and promoting western heritage, exemplified by their outstanding contributions to the southern Alberta community. Please see the videos below to learn more about this year’s Chairman Award recipients.
2015 Stampede Volunteer and Friends Divot Classic
Calgary students gain new perspectives on feeding the planet
Calgary – Forty-five-hundred Calgary Jr. High School students are looking at agriculture sustainability in a new way thanks to the educational program Journey 2050™. Set to complete its first year, Journey 2050™is an educational program that challenges students to apply sustainability concepts in an interactive and innovative way to feed people by the year 2050 when the world’s population is nine billion people.
“Food production needs are expected to rise by 60 per cent in the next 35 years, and changing economic, social and environmental conditions will put even more pressure on agricultural yields,” says Chuck Magro, President and CEO of Agrium. “It is imperative that our youth of today understand how our present-day decisions impact our future lives, and so it is vital that we showcase the importance of agriculture.”
The Journey 2050™program is based on interactive learning. Students who complete the program have the opportunity to gain insights from three real-life families. These families, from Kenya, India and Alberta were interviewed in depth for the Journey 2050™program providing students with a global perspective.
The program was developed as a sustainable agriculture education program by Agrium Inc. in collaboration with the Calgary Stampede and funding by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. It is offered to schools in many ways, including a fieldtrip at the Agrium Western Event Centre on Stampede Park, an online experience for anyone in the world to participate, and you can download the Sustainability Farm Game in the itunes App Store for free.
“We salute Agrium’s vison in creating an educational program focused on agricultural sustainability,” says Warren Connell, CEO, Calgary Stampede. “We’re very proud to be the home to a global program that will reach millions around the world through its online version and app.”
Agriculture is one of the most critical areas to global sustainability. There are thousands of opportunities, a constant stream of new innovations and a network of people who will help us feed the world sustainably. Engaging and empowering the next generation in the discussion is more important than ever.
For more information about Journey 2050™, please visit www.journey2050.com.
2014 Stampede Volunteer and Friends Divot Classic
Converting History Into a Future For Young Artists
Almost 110 years after hymns were first sung in the historic Westbourne Baptist Church, a new generation of voice, song, music and dance will fill the repurposed building on Stampede Park under the banner of Walton Hall.
Today, the Walton Group of Companies announced a $1.5 million gift to the Calgary Stampede Foundation, to help revitalize and relocate Walton Hall to the new Youth Campus. The building will provide much-needed performance, rehearsal and classroom space for arts organizations across Calgary.
The media announcement was made Thursday, May 15, by (from left) Calgary Stampede President Bob Thompson, Walton Group of Companies founding family member Siobhan Doherty, Walton Executive Vice-President of Law Leslie Fryers and Calgary Stampede Foundation Board Chair, Ann McCaig.
Walton Hall will be in the very heart of Youth Campus on the northeast corner of Stampede Park. Walton Hall will attract community arts organizations for rehearsals and performances, helping to support youth development and the flourishing of the arts in Calgary.
“Youth Campus is an important development to Walton as it promotes Calgary as a great place to live, work and play,” says Leslie Fryers, Executive Vice President of Law at Walton. “Walton Hall will celebrate the past and build a strong, vibrant and exciting future.”
Siobhan adds that her family has always been involved with the Calgary Stampede, and they feel honoured to be involved with how the organization is evolving into the future.
One million dollars of the Walton gift will be allocated to create Walton Hall, which will bring much needed arts rehearsal and performance space in Calgary, when it opens, which is expected to be in 2016. This facility will feature a classroom and a 60 seat recital hall, to be used by The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Stampede Showband as well as other performing arts groups from across Calgary. The remaining $500,000 of Walton’s generous donation will support the overall development of Youth Campus.
Ann McCaig says that with the $1.5 million Walton donation, the Foundation has reached the $93 million mark of its $100 million We’re Greatest Together capital campaign goal. The campaign and Youth Campus is part of the Calgary Stampede’s vision to become a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community.
Through Don Taylor, A History Not Forgotten
The history of southern Alberta is in many ways the history of the Calgary Stampede. It’s one of characters and cowboys. It’s one of perseverance and determination. It is a history written by the people, too often forgotten, who pioneered Canada’s west. Don Taylor stands for the values that have defined this history: A pride of place and its people. Perseverance. An entrepreneurial spirit. And a colourful character.
Thanks to the incredible generosity and vision of this true Calgarian, the characters who defined our past will forever be in our future. Don Taylor’s $15 million investment into the new SAM Centre will ensure the history of Stampede and southern Alberta be displayed for generations to come.
The SAM Centre, named for Taylor’s father, will be a western interpretive centre that transforms the traditional museum setting into an interactive educational experience for youth and adults. Through the Stampede archives, permanent and temporary galleries and classrooms, the SAM Centre will tell the stories of the Stampede and Southern Alberta while connecting urban and rural audiences.
Passing of the creative torch at TransAlta Grandstand Show: New creative producer is Emmy-Award-winning Dave Pierce
The Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce Dave Pierce as the new creative producer of the TransAlta Grandstand Show. Pierce takes the creative reins from his mentor and long-time executive producer Bill Avery, who is leaving his role after the 2013 the Stampede Grandstand show.
“We’re excited to have Dave bring his artistic vision to the Stampede in a big way as the creative producer of the 2014 Grandstand Show and beyond,” says Paul Rosenberg, vice-president of Programming. “As a native Calgarian, Dave not only brings incredible passion and understanding of the Stampede, but he also brings a global perspective of entertainment that will ensure the TransAlta Grandstand Show remains on the world stage.”
Pierce has been involved with some of the largest and most complicated musical productions around the world and the Stampede is thrilled he’s able to bring his passion and experience to the Grandstand show.
“I look forward to opportunity to build on the legacy that is the Grandstand Show”, says Pierce. “The Stampede has always played an instrumental role in my career, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Calgary audiences through this iconic production that helped launch my international career.”
In 1990 Pierce was a fresh-faced music grad when Avery gave Pierce his one of his first music jobs. Since that time, Pierce has built a global reputation as a musical composer, producer, arranger and orchestrator, all the while continuing his relationship with the Stampede as the musical director of the Grandstand Show and a close collaborative relationship with Avery.
“I’m thrilled that Dave, who’s been my colleague for many years, is becoming the producer,” says Avery. “He’s got a musical background and an appetite for theatrical presentation and production that I’ve always admired about him. The Stampede is in good stead with Dave.” With the 2013 show as his last, Avery plans to go out with a bang and this year’s lineup is tremendous – including new participation from the Calgary Arts community.
“During his 31 years with us, Bill Avery has brought an energetic mix of homegrown and global entertainment to more than 4 million guests,” says Rosenberg. We join Calgarians and visitors alike in thanking him for his tireless work to elevate the Grandstand Show to a new level.”
Pierce says he intends to start planning for the 2014 show straight away. He’ll no doubt draw on his exciting and numerous experiences. He was the Music Director for the Opening, Closing, and Victory ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction. In 2011, Pierce was Composer and Music Director of the 12th Arab Games Opening Ceremony in Doha, Qatar. He has worked with a variety of performers, including Michael Bublé, Carrie Underwood, Paul Brandt, Ian Tyson, Jann Arden, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, k.d. lang and Robbie Williams.
Michelle Fior - Calgary Stampede fan for life
Michelle Fior realized how much the Calgary Stampede is a part of her life when she looked around at the guests invited to her two-year-old son Rocco’s birthday party. She saw that three quarters of them were people she had met through the Stampede.
Michelle met another important person in her life, her husband Sheldon, at the Stampede as well.
It all started when the family moved to Calgary from Ontario. Her dad Addiano loved marching bands. So off they went to the Stampede Parade where Michelle saw the Calgary Stampede Showband for the first time and knew immediately she wanted to be part of it. As it happened, the only availability was for the clarinet and the rest, as they say, is history – she joined in 1985 and played until 1991 and then “graduated” to the Band of Outriders.
Like music, volunteering runs in the family. Her dad was a longtime Stampede volunteer with the Downtown Attractions committee and as a volunteer driver for the Band of Outriders. Michelle’s volunteer career started in 1999 on the Visiting Bands committee. She has served as chair for Visiting Bands and now is the chair for the Stampede Showband committee.
“Being a volunteer with the Stampede means being a part of something bigger than me and that is a huge part of Calgary. I have loved the opportunity to meet and work with new people,” says Michelle Fior.
Michelle is an extremely energetic person and passionate about all things Stampede. She is also a very giving person, both with her time and also money. As a result, she recently made a donation to the Stampede Foundation’s “We’re Greatest Together” Family Campaign.
“Stampede means so much to me. The 100th year was spectacular but now I want to be part of the growing and evolving second century Stampede,” says Fior.
Sadly her father died in early 2010, so in addition to her personal gift, Michelle is working with the Stampede Showband and Calgary Stampede Foundation employees to create a legacy gift in his memory. “It’s early days yet but I have in mind a scholarship fund for a member of the Stampede Showband. It just feels right and I know it would be a concept my dad would like,” says Fior.
Over and above her incredible commitment to the Stampede, Michelle teaches at St. Brigid School.
CBE Campus Calgary/Open Minds Honoured
On September 27, 2012, the Calgary Board of Education’s Campus Calgary/Open Minds program was honoured at the International Partnership Network Conference ith two Global Best Awards. One was for the successful nomination in the “partnerships that demonstrate capacity building, leadership and innovation” category. CC/OM also received the Overall Global Best Award for the Americas.
Groundbreaking for Agrium Western Event Centre
On July 8th, 2012, two heavy horse pulling a plow broke ground to start construction on the Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park. The largest project in our history, the Agrium Western Event Centre is an essential part of the Stampede vision of a year-round gathering place for agriculture, commerce, education and entertainment. Bridging urban and rural culture, the complex triples the agricultural space on the Park. Local and international visitors alike will enjoy this 150,000 square foot agriculture showcase and competition venue. To read more go to:
OH Ranch gift to the Calgary Stampede Foundation
The gift, given by local philanthropist, rancher and businessman Bill Siebens, the almost 8,000 acred ranch is valued at more than $11 million and the largest ever received by the Foundation, also includes the OH brand and the ranch's historic buildings, such as the 1885 ranch house, the old cookhouse and a replica North West Mounted Police cabin.
The Stampede Foundation will work with the Stampede to develop a management plan for the ranch, located near Longview, to preserve and celebrate our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.
Cenovus donation of $1.5 Million helps create new city park
On July 4th, 2012, Cenovus Energy announce a $1.5 million donation to the Calgary Stampede Foundation to create the Western Heritage Trail in the Calgary Stampede’s new Riverfront Park. Western Heritage Trail will be part of a year-round public space on the east side of Stampede Park, winding along the eastern banks of the Elbow River and connecting to Calgary’s pathway system. The 310-metre trail is being designed as an open-air museum, highlighting Calgary’s history as part of Riverfront Park’s overall focus on western heritage and the environment. The trail will include interpretive signage and six culturally relevant sculptures. Two of the sculptures will welcome visitors at the 12th Avenue S.E. entrance, with four more along the five-metre wide trail to complete the learning experience. To read more go to:
Calgary Stampede Showband at the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade
The Calgary Stampede Showband is officially known as Calgary's musical ambassador to the world, but it could also be called the hardest working band in the business. The band starts 2012 by marching in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, this is the first of more than 400 appearances planned for the coming year.
Video courtesy of Music213 Youtube Channel