CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 22, 2014) - On Thursday, October 23rd, the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) will host its annual fundraiser featuring Premier Jim Prentice. This year's Home Opener is presented by NOVA Chemicals and will attract a crowd of approximately 300 people from government, business and the social services sector. Master of Ceremonies, Jim "Bearcat" Murray, will keep the evening running smoothly with guests being provided ample opportunity to support CHF and its vision of ending homelessness. "The key is affordable housing", says Diana Krecsy, President & CEO of CHF.

Since the launch of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2008, over 6,000 people have been provided housing with supports. CHF has also built a portfolio of over 560 units and is currently building its first of eight new purpose-built apartment buildings for formerly homeless Calgarians. The 30 unit apartment building is in the Beltline area and is anticipated to be on-stream in Spring 2015. CHF currently has an additional three Development Permit Applications on file with the City of Calgary, Planning Department.

WHAT: The Calgary Homeless Foundation's Annual Fundraiser
2014 Home Opener
WHO: Since 1998, CHF has held an annual fundraising event, which over time has become one of Calgary's most popular networking events of the year.
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta
The Honourable Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
The Honourable, Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Human Services
The Honourable, Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
Rocky Vermani, Director, Ethylene Business, NOVA Chemicals
Alan Norris, Board Chair, CHF and President Brookfield Residential
Diana Krecsy, President and CEO, CHF
WHEN: Thursday, October 23rd
5 - 7pm
Formal Program (5:30 to 6:00pm)
Emcee'd by Jim "Bearcat" Murray, former trainer, Calgary Flames
Greetings from Premier Jim Prentice
Rocky Vermani, Director, Ethylene Business on behalf of NOVA Chemicals
Diana Krecsy on behalf of CHF
WHERE: Flames Central
219 8 Ave. SW, Calgary


The Calgary Homeless Foundation leads the implementation of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in partnership with the many homeless-serving agencies, the private sector, our government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary once and for all.


Contact Information:

Louise Gallagher
Communications Manager, CHF
Twitter: @calgaryhomeless; @mlouiseg88