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Fire Aid concert raises $2 million for Fort McMurray United Way

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fire Aid concert raises $2 million for Fort McMurray United Way

Mayor Melissa Blake and Executive Director Diane Shannon receive the $2 million cheque from Oilers President Bob Nicholson // Via Fire Aid Twitter account

Big money is going to the Fort McMurray United Way after a successful benefit concert in Edmonton Wednesday night.

The Fire Aid concert at Commonwealth Stadium has led to a $2 million donation to the social profit. Over 30,000 fans packed the football stadium after a downpour nearly put a damper on the event in the Alberta capital.

Seventeen musical acts performed at the event, most getting no more than 25 minutes for their set. Headliners Blue Rodeo and Nickelback took the stage for nearly an hour each. It was Nickelback’s first concert since lead singer Chad Kroeger underwent vocal chord surgery last year.

Fort McMurray United Way Executive Director Diane Shannon and RMWB Mayor Melissa Blake were on-hand at the concert to receive the massive donation cheque from concert organizers. The money is expected to go directly towards social profit recovery efforts coordinated by the United Way, which was stretching their resources as far as they could go pre-fire.

“This money is being raised to help any organization that is non-profit or charity help human beings in this situation,” said Director of Communications Russell Thomas on Fort McMurray Matters.

Residents who weren’t able to make it down to Edmonton were also able to enjoy the concert at Shell Place Wednesday evening. Country star George Canyon MC’d the night as the event was live-streamed via a giant video screen at SMS Equipment Field.

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