'This is a hardship': Fundraising events evaporate for charities, foundations

“(The gala) is our biggest fundraiser of the year so either we’re going to find an alternative way to do it or postpone it. We’re exploring all of the options,” said Tara Horsley, interim communications lead.

Cal 0609 AARC 2 More than 60 AARC graduates took to the stage-to a thunderous standing ovation- at the 2018 AARC Miracle Gala. Since 1992 602 youth and families have benefitted from the AARC program. Photo credit Darren Blair.More than 60 graduates took to the stage at the 2018 AARC Miracle Gala. Darren Blair/Darren Balir

The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) also counts heavily on its signature fundraising dinner. With no public funding, the agency needs to raise at least $2 million to maintain operations. Last year, its Miracle Gala raised $750,000 to help youth fight addiction. This year, the 23rd annual benefit was slated for May 6.

“It’s up in the air. We are exploring several options, including online,” said Anna Scott, manager of fund development and events.

AARC fundraisers like the gala, a summer golf tournament and third-party events account for 57 per cent of its revenues while a further 16 per cent comes from donations. This helps the organization subsidize the cost of treatment for its youth clients.

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