The Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) officially set up its Foundation in 2001, but its philanthropic efforts date back to at least 1991 when volunteers began raising money for Diabetes research. After formalizing its fundraising activities into a foundation, the BTA was able to expand its efforts to "cheque pool raffles", which are subject to Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission regulations. Participation is 100% voluntary and the raffles are ran by volunteers onsite. The winner takes home 70% of the revenue and 30% goes to the Foundation. The Charitable Foundation has donated over $7.6 million dollars to various charitable organizations throughout Alberta. Although the majority of the Foundation's revenue is raised through raffles the Foundation also holds additional fundraising events throughout the year. Our annual Charity Golf Tournament, held each May, raised in excess of $42,000 last year. Other fundraising events include our annual Curling Bonspiel, 50/50 raffle at the Building Trades of Alberta Oil Kings Night and various events at the Building Trades' annual Conference held each September.
The Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation could not exist without the cooperation and encouragement of our friends. They are the contractors and owners who allow us to be active on the job sites. Crucial to our success are our volunteers who voluntarily interrupt their coffee and lunch breaks to sell the raffle tickets to their co-workers. Our volunteer Board of Directors reviews each request for funding that comes to the Foundation. Lastly, a big thank you to the individuals who purchase the tickets and keep the Foundation going. Without all of you working together, the Charitable Foundation would not be possible.
Below is one of our proudest accomplishments, the unveiling of the Building Trades of Alberta Courage Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton.