Calgary Kettle Campaign kicks off in style

by robin124

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick start our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign in Calgary. Our featured speaker Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and philanthropist, Paul Brandt enthralled the packed banquet room at the Hyatt Regency.

“It was such a pleasure to welcome Paul Brandt as our guest speaker this year,” says Major Al Hoeft, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations. “The Salvation Army shares his dedication to building awareness of, and ending, the horrific plight of human trafficking here in Canada.”

Brandt began his keynote speech by warming the crowd with a few lines of his hit song, “Alberta Bound”. However, the majority of his keynote speech was sharing about his anti-human trafficking movement, #NotInMyCity which is dedicated to raising awareness and to prevent and end sexual exploitation and trafficking. Paul Brandt also spoke of the importance of charity and helping your neighbour, a concept we can all get behind.

The Hope in the City luncheon is a key part of The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, which aims to raise $1.1M before Christmas to support local, year-round programs and services in Calgary, such as ESL classes, hot meals, Christmas toy hampers, back-to-school supplies, and much more.