Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit Mardi Gras GalaThe Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit (named after Jerry Forbes Sr, the GM of CHED for 28 years) is holding a 2011 Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction on Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Tickets: $125 per person. Dress: Formal. 5:30 Cocktails & Silent Auction, 6:45 Dinner, 7:00 Live Auction, 9:00 Dance. All proceeds to support Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit and the Rotary Club of Edmonton South. The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit is named in honour of broadcaster Jerry Forbes who got his start at CFRN in 1947. He moved to CHED in 1954 where he was their first production manager and eventually became the station’s general manager and founded CHED’s Santa’s Anonymous Program. He spent 28 years at the station and retired and passed away in 1981. His commitment to community spirit is now being taken over by his son, Marty Forbes. Like his father before him, Marty recently retired as the GM at Edmonton’s Astral Media stations after spending his professional career in broadcasting.  

Forbes Centre for Community Spirit will be a centre of excellence for volunteerism, non-profit management and community spirit; fostering collaboration and applying sound business practices to the charitable sector in and around Edmonton. This multi-tenant, non-profit centre and volunteer workshop will be home to 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, perhaps the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and many other non-profit organizations in need of vital, affordable, flexible and and mission-driven operating space. Through innovation and collaboration, Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit promises to change the charitable fabric of our great city and become a legacy of kindness and goodwill for decades to come

For information or tickets, call Elizabeth at 780-440-6346 or email

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