Fifth-straight year of Mace’s turkey drive hits Airdrie
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 06:00 am
With the holiday season right around the corner, Calgary Stampeders defensive line coach Corey Mace is back bringing in the birds (and hams), as he gets ready for his annual turkey drive.
Now in his fifth year of organizing the event, Mace said it has become something he looks forward to every year and enjoys being able to donate to the Airdrie Food Bank (AFB).
“There are tons of people that do great charity work in (Calgary), from what I’ve seen the bulk of it does stay within the city,” Mace said. “I don’t want anybody thinking we don’t think about them. If that’s my duty to get out there, I have got no problem because of the people.
“I love the community so much.”
Mace added he wants 2017 to be a big year, and the coach aims to collect approximately 400 turkeys and hams to be donated to Airdrie and the surrounding communities.
With donations being made in Calgary already, Mace said he wanted to support a community like Airdrie and feels he has been able to do so successfully for the first four years.
“I kind of went into it just taking it a year at a time, but five years have gone by fast,” Mace said. “Now that I’m here at five, I just want to carry it as long as possible.
“I want to give the bulk to Airdrie, but if we feel we have met the need (of Airdrie), we’re going to go ahead and ship to cities beyond Airdrie.”
In addition to delivering his haul to the AFB Dec. 18 at 12 p.m., Mace will be making an appearance at the Sobeys Dec. 16 to meet with fans, collect donations and promote prizes that will be drawn by those who take part in the drive.
Mace added the community support in Airdrie has been an infectious feeling during his time doing his turkey drives and makes it easy to get into the holiday spirit and help give back to the community.
“The support the Airdrie community gives to the Stampeders is obvious, but they just give so much to the community,” Mace said.
“I keep telling my wife, the people in Airdrie, I don’t know what it is, you guys are freaking awesome.”
Mace will also be taking part in a celebrity boxing event held at the Rumble Boxing Studio’s new location in Northwest Calgary Dec. 23 at 4 p.m.
Patrons can take part for $30 with all proceeds raised going towards Mace’s turkey drive.
People can signup for the event at rumbleboxing.com
For the AFB, Mace’s annual turkey and ham drive has become an event the staff looks forward. It’s especially important because the holiday season is a busy time of year and the organization aims to have enough donations to hand out to those in need.
“(Mace) has been such a great supporter of the community…it definitely does help at this time of the year,” said AFB general manager Quinn Donaldson. “It is always exciting when we get the call he is coming.
“We are very fortunate to have such a great community, it means we are able to provide the items people need to have that traditional holiday supper.”