Don’t miss your chance to win up to $1 million with Stampede Lotteries!

The Calgary Stampede Lotteries made history last night when the Split’Em 50 pot hit $1 million – and it’s growing by the minute. That means this year’s winner will win more than $500,000—and up to a whopping $1 million! That’s right—there are $2 million worth of Split’Em 50 tickets available.

But only $2 million worth. With half of the tickets already sold and five days left of Stampede 2016, come down to Stampede Park and get in on the biggest Stampede Lotteries jackpot in our history!


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An inside look at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Lotteries prizes

Early Wednesday morning, the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Stampede Lotteries committee shared the 2016 Dream Home by Homes By Avi, as well as all the amazing packages that can be won. With more than $1.4 Million in prizes, it was a great turnout, highlighted by one of the first Stampede pancake breakfasts of the year!


At 1,883 sq. ft., the 2016 Dream Home is the most valuable ever at $924,975 and will be moved to the NW neighborhood of Harmony once Stampede ends. Harmony, a new community with a lake and Phil-Mickelson-designed golf course, might be one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city. Featuring a light and airy colour palette, an open eating and kitchen area, and 150 sq. ft. private outdoor deck, the Dream Home will be open for viewers during Stampede.



The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sat at the entrance to the event and had everyone’s attention. Valued at $71,856, the Corvette has a seven speed manual transmission, direct gasoline injection and 455 horsepower.


Not only can you win a 2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLT, but it’s paired with two Kawasaki off road motorcycles, a Polaris Quad Ranger and trailer to carry around your new haul. The Truck and Toys, valued at more than $80,000, will be the ultimate addition to a lucky winner’s lifestyle.



If you’re over camping in tents or tent trailers, then you’ll want to win the Truck and Fifth-Wheel prize package. Tow around your spacious 2016 Keystone Montana High Country with a new 2016 GMC Sierra SLE 3500HD 4WD Crew Cab. Valued at $198,812, travelling and camping will never be the same.


Itching to get on the water? The Truck and Boat package is the ideal prize: 2016 Cobalt 200 boat to be towed by a 2016 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 4WD Crew Cab. The GMC includes an All-Terrain and Off Road Package, along with wireless phone charging and trailer sway control. The Truck and Boat package is valued at $158,954.


Longing to feel the wind in your face and cruise on the open road? The 2016 limited edition Harley Davidson motorcycle has a six-speed transmission and 6.5 boom box complete with GPS and Bluetooth. Customized in ‘Solar Eclipse’ paint style, making it one of 150 in the world, the Harley Davidson bike costs $45,600.


Simply looking for a truck? The 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab is an eight-speed automatic with active fuel management and direct injection and has full feature leather bucket seats. Get SiriusXM radio and AppleCarPlay with the new truck, valued at $68,848.


Want to win any of these great prizes? Visit for the Advanced Ticket Campaign, which ends June 24. Need to see the house in person before you buy? Tickets are also available on Stampede Park from July 8-17, and those wanting to test their luck can also try the Split ‘Em 50 – with guaranteed winnings of at least $400,000, and as high as $1 millon.


Calgary’s community enriched by Stampede Lotteries’ partners

This is a special time of year for the Calgary Stampede Lotteries. It’s a time of giving and sharing, as the proceeds of the 2015 program are shared with many deserving charities and organizations in our community.  It’s also a time of celebration, as we reflect on the many amazing things those same charities and organizations are able to do throughout the year.

Calgary Stampede Lotteries is a partnership between the Calgary Stampede and four service clubs: Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary South, Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Marching Show Band Association. Every year, proceeds from the lottery support the Calgary Stampede, a not-for profit organization, and our youth and agricultural programs. Shared proceedsare directly reinvested in the community through these service club partners. This year, $1.172 million was distributed to benefit community programs.


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Enviros is one of the many not-for-profit social service agencies the Kinsmen Club supports with funds from Stampede Lotteries.  “These programs are offered to youth who may be recovering from adictions or need intensive therapy in order to return back to their home,” explains Jennifer Harbour, manager of fund development at Envrios, adding “[The funds received] are used to help Enviros with building maintenance and renovation projects for the residential programs we operate.” Continue reading

Win like a Champion in the Calgary Stampede Lotteries

It’s official! The Calgary Stampede Lotteries are back for 2015. It is your chance to “win like a champion” – which is this year’s theme for the campaign.  You are all community champions when supporting this great program – wouldn’t it be great to win like a champion as well?

The Stampede Lotteries are organized and planned by the volunteer Calgary Stampede Lotteries committee.  From licensing, advertising, promotions, prizing, draws, ticket management, technology, social media, webmaster, tickets, booths and selling, the 26-person committee works year-round to bring these great, fun lotteries to Calgarians’ every year. In return, the lottery programs bring in more than $6 million dollars to the Stampede and its service clubs, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary South, the Calgary Marching Show Band Association and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and their many community programs.


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Looking for the Dream Home Artist!

Are you an artist with undiscovered talent? Why not take advantage of this year’s Dream Home Artist Project and have your paintings viewed by over 100,000 visitors from around the world during the ten days of Stampede!  After all, what would a home be without artwork on the wall?

In partnership with the Stampede Lotteries, Homes by Avi and Gibson Fine Art, Calgary’s Next Top Artist Contest is now open for submissions. The inspiration behind this year’s home celebrates the beauty of Alberta’s landscape with a modern take on the classic mountain chalet. If you feel your work complements the style we encourage you to enter.

The winner of Calgary’s Next Top Artist Contest receives:

  • Art displayed in the Stampede Rotary Dream Home for the duration of the Stampede (over 100,000 people walk through the home)
  • Art exhibited at Gibson Fine Art following the Calgary Stampede
  • Promotional article in Swerve magazine
  • Bragging rights to all your friends

All you need to do is submit 5 or 6 images and contact details to before Friday March 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time).

Entrants must be able to produce or supply 30 to 40 pieces of varying sizes two weeks prior to the start of the Calgary Stampede. Please see full contest rules at Homes by Avi.

2014 Rotary Dream Home presentation

Today was a day when the surreal became real for the 2014 Rotary Dream Home Winner, Carol Pentland, as she was presented with the keys to her new home! Shown here with Rick Kuzyk, Calgary Stampede Lotteries Chair (left), and Avi Amir, Chairman of Homes by Avi at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.


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This house truly is a centrepiece of our lotteries program, and here we are, twenty-six days away from Christmas, and we’re making Christmas come early this year!” exclaims Rick Kuzyk.


With the house re-assembled after being carefully taken apart and rebuilt on the foundation where the home now sits in the southeast community of Walden, Carol and her family are looking forward to moving in shortly in order to be settled for Christmas.


Some of the features of this year’s home are as follows:

  • an entertaining focused main floor anchored by a large kitchen / dining area, 

  • 2 outdoor sitting areas,

  • a rooftop vegetable garden,

  • a spa-like ensuite,

  • a large walk-in with in-closet laundry, and

  • a Jack-and-Jill ensuite for the secondary bedrooms

The primary exterior cladding for this year’s Dreamhome is James Hardie Fibre Cement Siding.  This home will utilize Hardie’s Select Cedarmill ColourPlus Lap Siding, as well as pre-finished Straight Edge Panel HardieShingle, pre-finished Smooth HardiPanel, and pre-finished HardieTrim and battens. 


Secondary exterior cladding materials include natural wood horizontal siding, finished with a Charcoal Solid Stain, and painted smartboard trim and trellises.


Windows in this year’s home will be provided by Plygem, utilizing their Fusion line of PVC windows with metal clad exterior frames.


This year’s home features 2 outdoor living areas on the upper floor, one featuring planting beds for a garden, while the other features and outdoor fireplace to take the edge off cool evenings.


Did you know about these extras also included?


  • Also included with the Dreamhome is a furniture move by AMJ Campbell to a maximum value of $15,000.00

  • Home insurance by Godfrey Morrow for 1 year, a value of $1,500

  • A playhouse supplied by Blue Grass Ltd. with a value of $7,500.00 which includes $1,500.00 for installation


Get yer tickets for 50/50 Cowboy Cash

Here’s the thing about 50/50 Cowboy Cash: You could win tens of thousands of dollars.

But it’s the story of the second 50 that’s the most compelling. It all goes to the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

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The Foundation supports The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, the Stampede Showband, Stampede School and other youth scholarships. The Foundation’s mission is to provide Alberta youth with the opportunity to develop strong roots in their cultural and heritage through programs that enhance personal growth, citizenship and education. When you purchase a ticket for 50/50 Cowboy Cash you are directly supporting these programs.

Did you know that every member of The Young Canadians gets a scholarship valued at $9,000 for a year of top notch dance and singing training?

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On Tuesday, Scott Lessard won $12,285. On Sunday, July 6, Kathleen Dunn won $26,232.50. Not bad for a day enjoying the sunshine on Stampede Park!

More details on how to buy your tickets for 50/50 Cowboy Cash:


  • 1 for $5
  • 5 for $10
  • 20 for $20
  • 100 for $50.


  • Grandstand near the Ticket Office
  • BMO Centre in Hall B
  • In the Rotary Dream Home
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Dream Home Sneak-a-Peek

The countdown to #Stamped2014 is over – well if you count sneak-a-peek as part of Stampede. Official kick-off begins with the parade tomorrow but if you want to get an early start to test out all the crazy new foods (i.e. scorpion pizza) or take a ride on the midway – tonight is a great night to head down to the grounds!

One other thing you can get a look at is the Stampede Rotary Dream Home. If you have been down to the Stampede grounds at any time in the last 6 months you have probably seen the home under construction.  This 2433 square foot home is constructed on the grounds and then after some lucky individual wins it after ten day it is divided into 7 pieces and moved to the community of Walden. It is really kind of a feat if you think about it.

Did you also know that the proceeds from the ticket sales go towards helping local charities? The Rotary Club of South Calgary supports several local initiatives including Calgary Health Trust, Inn from the Cold, Calgary Inter-Faith Foodbank, Providence and Wellspring Calgary. Check out their video filled with stories from those these organizations have helped.

Now for a quick look inside the Dream Home – just to give you a taste of what you will see of this now completed home.

Every year the Dream Home has a theme, this year is no different. The 2014 Stampede Rotary Dream Home is a Foodie’s dream! The stunning kitchen is not only fully loaded (I’m talking white maple cabinets, subway tile, walnut butcher’s block and a gas range that I would love to get my hands on), but it also comes with amazing little details. Like an Urban Cultivator, yep an herb fridge right in your kitchen, a coffee bar for those late night gab sessions and an amazing wine fridge to keep your collection chilled.

The rest of the home is breathtaking as well. It features a quaint rooftop patio with a fireplace just off the master bedroom, another rooftop patio off the large bonus room, plus an ensuite with a soaker tub on a tile deck.  We also cannot forget the amazing design gurus from Homes by Avi. Their finishing touches bring the personality of the home to life.


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Dream big with Calgary Stampede Lotteries

This year the Stampede asks the question: What kind of champion are you? There’s the “Thrill Seeker” who tests their courage on the Midway and the “Boot Stomper” who strives to party every night of the 10 days. Another type of champion lured to Stampede Park is the “Big Dreamer” who has visions of themselves living in the Rotary Dream Home, taking friends for a spin on the lake on a new boat and packing camping gear into a new GMC truck.

Living a winner’s life is only one way the “Big Dreamer” dreams. Purchasing tickets for Calgary Stampede Lotteries means you’re giving back to the community and providing meaningful support to many deserving organizations, which is a dream in itself. In the past 10 years, more than $22 million was distributed to worthwhile community projects in southern Alberta through the Stampede’s two service partners: Kinsmen Club of Calgary and Rotary Club of Calgary South. The remaining proceeds were used to support the Calgary Stampede’s many youth and education programs through the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Marching Showband Association.


So, who are these groups and what do they do?

  • Calgary Stampede Foundation: Generating funds to support youth projects and programs in Calgary and Southern Alberta, including but not limited to the Calgary Stampede Showband, The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, Stampede School and Youth Scholarships.
  • Calgary Marching Showband Association: Providing more than 150 young people, between the ages of 16 and 21, with music and performing arts skills.
  • Kinsmen Club of Calgary: A service organization working together to enhance the quality of life in communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and national pride.
  • Rotary Club of Calgary South: An organization of business, professional and community leaders who come together through commitment and fellowship to create opportunities and better communities for future generations.

Let’s take a look at some of the community projects in southern Alberta that have benefited Calgary Stampede Lotteries’ proceeds:

  • Aspen Family and Community Network Society: A social service agency supporting Calgary and area children, youth and families in vulnerable situations to overcome poverty-related challenges.
  • Calgary Zoological Society: The most visited zoo in Canada and one of Alberta’s top tourist attractions, hosting 1.4 million visitors annually.
  • CanLearn Society: Changing lives through providing learning, giving hope and improving the quality of life for children, adults and families struggling with literacy development, learning and attention difficulties.
  • Easter Seals Camp Horizon: Enhancing quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination through providing vital recreation and programs regardless of age, disease or disability.
  • Enviros: Providing innovative, family oriented programming to Alberta’s children, youth, adults and families who are dealing with trauma, addictions, abuse and neglect.
  • Hull Child and Family Services: Providing leading edge and effective behavioral and mental services for children and families.
  • The Kerby Centre: A not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of older adults through services, information and programming.
  • Meals on Wheels: Promoting health and independence by providing quality, nutritious and affordable meals to people in need of our services.
  • WoodWorks: An offsite branch of The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre that produces innovative, custom made products that are built and sourced locally, helping to repair lives.
  • Women in Need Society: Helping women and their families help themselves through assisting women who are in transition and living in poverty.
  • Youville Recovery Residence for Women: A residential recovery facility for women experiencing co-occurring issues of addiction, mental health distress and a history of abuse.

So for those of you who may prefer a small car over a large truck or who have a fear of open water but still love to dream big, the Calgary Stampede Lotteries is still a place for you as you can dream of all the ways your proceeds will help the community.  But it wouldn’t hurt to take away the Dream Home after all, so it’s really a win-win situation!

For more information on the Calgary Stampede’s partnerships listed above, prizes and to purchase tickets, visit:


Meet the 2014 Dream Project Winners

Every year in February, the Calgary Stampede Lotteries and Homes by Avi send out an invitation to the art community for submissions for their Dream Project (formerly known as the Next Top Artist). The winner of this contest has the opportunity to have their art displayed in the Stampede Rotary Dream Home for the duration of Stampede. Not only will over 100,000 people will see their art but they also receive an art exhibit with Gibson Fine Art following the Stampede. How amazing would that be?

It never ceases to amaze us how talented Calgary is and this year was no different. After hours of deliberation a team of panelists has chosen a winner. Or should I say winners…

For the first time in history, the Dream Project had a tie – between sisters. It is my pleasure to introduce Michelle and Stephanie Hoogveld.

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What inspired you to become an artist?

S: I’ve always enjoying creative activities but it all started after I completed my math degree, when our two older sisters were getting married. We were brainstorming ideas for a wedding gift, and Michelle whom has always been very much involved in art, suggested we create a painting together. It was from that moment on I knew I loved painting and wanted to pursue it further! So I suppose I was inspired by all of my three sisters and I haven’t put down my brushes ever since.

M: I don’t know that it was something specific that inspired me to be an artist. Rather, I believe it was quite intrinsic; something deep within that naturally led me towards artistry.  Since I was very young, I have always been drawn towards those who use their hands to create. The idea of taking an inspired thought and developing it into something tangible has always and will always drive me as an artist.

Who has been your biggest influencer as an artist?

M: I feel like that is something that is constantly changing, especially depending on the direction of my work. Currently, a Canadian artist by the name of Andrew Salgado has definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities of where one can take his/her passion to. He is young, driven and good at what he does. You can see the amount of heart he puts into his craft and that, without a doubt is incredibly admirable.

S: Tony O’Connor – an Equine artist based in Ireland. His paintings are incredible and I feel we share a similar style. He also entertains his viewers with Witty banter and inspirational quotes that motivate me every time I see his work.

My family and friends have also been great influences as they have been so supportive and encouraging while providing constructive feedback that I am extremely grateful for. Their influence has helped me develop into the artist I am today.

How would you describe your style of painting?

S: My favorite genre to paint is horses although I also enjoy painting tree landscapes and Dutch Bicycles. I especially love capturing my travels through photographs and then expressing them on canvas or wood using acrylic paint.  I select colors to portray a specific mood or memory that I had in those moments. My paintings vary from bright colorful pieces that reflect a playful joy as well as my monochromatic work which portrays a sense of compassion for the given subject.

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M: My work is a layered culmination of found objects, photographs and oil paint. My paintings bring together both realistic and abstract elements in a very premeditated yet spontaneous and intuitive way. I am drawn towards painting people, but always try to add depth into my paintings through the textured manipulation of mediums.

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How will winning the Dream Project change your career?

M: For me it already has. This project has led me towards truly discovering my own style as an artist. I finally feel that I have found a direction with my work and what that will look like in the future. With the amount of exposure this project will receive, it will definitely allow for my work and my style to be further recognized and hopefully will serve as a gateway for future projects and greater exposure for the arts in Calgary.

S: The entire premise of the Dream Project aligns perfectly with my goal as an artist. That is, I would like to paint for a good cause and ultimately spread happiness among others. The Dream Project is all about giving back to the community and as an artist, my goal is to inspire and to reach out the those who need support. This is an incredible opportunity that offers exposure, future connections and potential sales. But not only that, it provides a launching pad to start a foundation in honour of my mother, that I hope will inspire and change the lives of those touched by leukemia and lymphoma. The Foundation will be called The Sky Painters Foundation and by winning competitions like the Dream Project, I am able to share my artwork and ultimately gain support for a cause that is very close to my heart.

What’s your favourite Stampede Memory?

S: My favorite stampede memory was being selected as best new artist at the 2013 Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase, and honoring my mom through my paintings, specifically a piece titled “A Mother’s Way.” Winning that award was a very special moment that I will never forget.

M: I have a soft spot for the legendary pancake breakfasts. I love throwing on my cowboy boots and meeting up with my family, particularly my nieces and nephews, to simply take in the sunshine, a good pancake doused in syrup all while enjoying the live music and performances.

Want to purchase tickets to win the Rotary Stampede Dream Home or other amazing prizes? Buy advance tickets and get:

  • 12 tickets for the Rotary Stampede Dream Home
  • 8 tickets for the Kinsmen Wheels
  • Park admission
  • 50% off Calgary Stampede Rodeo or Evening Show Tickets (limited quantities available)

Check out the Great Stampede Lotteries website for information.

Calgary Stampede Lotteries – 2014 Loyalty and Early Bird Prize Draws

Purchasing the Stampede Lotteries Ticket Package before April 20, 2014 gave Brenda Burton a very pleasant surprise. On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the Loyalty Prize Package draw took place and her name was drawn! After a few days of back and forth messages, Brenda was able to connect with the Lotteries Committee.

When asked what her first reaction was when she got the message, Brenda said, “I thought there was a problem with my payment! I honestly had no idea there was a loyalty draw winner.”

Brenda looks forward to being able to give her kids the opportunity to enjoy even more of the Stampede: “The Stampede Bucks will buy a lot of corn dogs!”

…and she’s still eligible for the 2 Early Bird trips and the Dream Home and Wheels prizes!” exclaims Calgary Stampede Lotteries chair Rick Kuzyk.

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Rick Kuzyk, Stampede Lotteries Chair; Winner – Brenda Burton; Theresa Howland, Director, Consumer Sales & Sponsorship; Mike Leu, Lotteries Manager

Here is what Brenda won, her prize valued at over $5400!

  • 4 infield seats to Stampede Rodeo
  • 4 Lazy S tickets to TransAlta Grandstand Show
  • 4 tickets to Shania Twain on July 10
  • 4 tickets to Keith Urban on July 12
  • $500 in gift certificates to the Stampede Store
  • and much more!

There are still two early bird prize draws coming up! Don’t wait, the first early bird deadline may have also passed but there is still plenty of time to get in the second early bird and be included in the draws for the rest of the prizes available.

Prize 1 – European Cruise

Stampede Lotteries Ticket Packages purchased on or before Friday, May 16, 2014 are entered to win this incredible Early Bird prize experience valued at $16,700! Cruise the legendary Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 12 days, south from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. Featuring an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds, this romantic trip for two includes high-season air fare from Calgary, with sightseeing in Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, and other historic cities, as well as cruising through the Rhine River Gorge, a guided visit of Heidelberg castle, and much more.

The first Early Bird draw date is Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Prize 2 – Western Caribbean Disney Cruise

Stampede Lotteries Ticket Packages purchased on or before Friday, June 6, 2014 are entered to win this luxurious getaway Early Bird prize valued at $9,950! Take the family on a magical Western Caribbean cruise for five nights aboard the Disney Wonder. Soak up the sun on this tropical getaway with this fun-filled package for two adults and two children at high-season rates from Calgary to Miami, then Cozumel and Castaway Cay, and return back to Miami. Have a family vacation you’ll never forget!

The final Early Bird draw date is Monday, June 23, 2014.




All told, there’s over $1.2 million in prizes to be WON including -

  • The Rotary Dream Home is valued at $820,125
  • Kinsmen Wheels including a 2014 GMC Sierra 3500 HD 4X4
  • 2014 Prime Time Crusader Fifth-Wheel Trailer
  • 2014 Regal 2100RX Sport Boat

Stampede Lotteries Early Bird deadline, this Friday!

Enchanting canals, world-famous cheese, storybook windmills, Roman ruins and the legendary Black Forest–what could be better? See all this if you win Stampede Lotteries first Early Bird prize (buy tickets here)- the Rhine and Moselle European River Cruise. Last day to buy is this Friday, May 16, 2014. Don’t miss out!early-europeStampede Lotteries not only offers amazing prizes like this one, the funds go to help charities that are making a difference in our communities. The Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary South, Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Showband all benefit from the funds raised by CS Lotteries. Read here about how CS Lotteries helped the Rotary Club make the Youville Recovery Residence for Women a better place.


Calgary Stampede Lotteries – Making a Difference

Youville Recovery Residence for Women

A matching fund grant from Rotary Club of Calgary South, in partnership with Calgary Stampede Lotteries, helped Youville Recovery Residence for Women purchase commercial-grade appliances for the storage and preparation of three daily meals for female clients in Youville’s four residences. The walk-in freezers in the main headquarters safely store weeks of frozen foodstuffs until they are needed for meals. The two fridges in Elderberry Residence are used for meal preparation for up to 50 clients and their children. An industrial-grade dishwasher handles the task of cleaning up, helping Youville meet required provincial and municipal health and safety standards for the comfort of clients.

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The primary function of the Calgary Stampede Lotteries is to support local charities and to make a positive contribution to our communities. Over the past 10 years, more than $22 million was distributed to worthwhile community projects in southern Alberta through the efforts of our two service club partners: Rotary Club of Calgary South and Kinsmen Club of Calgary. The remaining proceeds were used to support the Calgary Stampede’s many youth and education programs.


Youville provides safe, long-term, and family-style residential accommodation to women who experience the co-occurring issues of addiction, mental health distress and a history of abuse. Youville partners with the Calgary Drug Treatment Court, and Elizabeth Fry Society, and most client referrals are women who have no fixed address. Some are living on the streets, others come straight from detox, jail, hospitals, etc.


Youville Quick Facts

  • Youville’s client addiction recovery rate is 60%. The standard for city recovery centres is 30%

  • It costs approximately $2500 per day to provide hospital care for a person battling substance addictions.

  • It costs $275 per day to incarcerate a prisoner.

  • Youville receives approximately $40 per client per day in grants to:

  • provide 3 meals a day plus snacks

  • provide beds, heat, light, utilities

  • provide counselling

  • provide clothing to clients and their children

  • Youville’s annual operating budget is $1.2 million dollars. Approximately 60% of that is generated through fundraising

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Rotary Dream Home handed over the new owners

Yesterday, the Rotary Dream Home was officially handed over to its new owners, John and Natalie Gaminde and their two daughters, Eoin, 3, and Euan, 1. DSCF0362

The Gaminde’s moved to Calgary from Toronto earlier this year, visited Stampede on Family Day and bought $50 worth of tickets for the Dream Home which is worth $750,000.

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Ready to make someone’s dream come true!

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, this year’s Stampede Rotary Dream Home brings the right mixture of light, nature and modern materials to apply to a variety of tastes.

I was lucky enough to receive an invite for a sneak peak at the dream home and I could sit here and type all the amazing features, but that would take hours. So I’ve picked my top 3 favourites and will let you make your own list when you’ve had a chance to tour during the Stampede!

  • The live edge walnut with poured metal eating bar was the top of my list. The creative artist Don, from Earth and Steel took a single walnut tree and carved the eating bar with poured melted metal into the cracks to create a unique look.
  • Concrete hearth and backsplash – using a prefabricated mold, these features are a distinctive way to add accents to the dream home.
  • Master Bedroom Retreat creates a special place you for to unwind with an espresso and a good book. With a feature wall made of glass overlooking the staircase, this room feels large and spacious, providing a wonderful retreat after a long day.

The winner of the Home isn’t the only champion -  all of the Calgary Stampede Lotteries support various community projects in southern Alberta, as well as four not-for-profit organizations – the Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary South, Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Showband.

As I do every year – I sit and wait for my phone to ring with the good news that I am the proud new owner of a home in Chaparral Valley!

If you missed your chance to purchase advanced tickets, you can still purchase tickets for all the Stampede Lotteries on the ground during the ten days of the Calgary Stampede!

On a good note: For all the ticket buyers or those are as excited to tour the home as I am every year, the dream home was unaffected by the flood. Your opportunity to support these amazing not-for-profit organizations through the lotteries will be available at the Stampede grounds during ten day.

Photos Courtesy of Homes by Avi