On a snowy Tuesday evening, 100 Airdrie Men Who Give A Damn gathered at Woodside Golf Course to make another $10,000 donation, this time to the Thumbs Up Foundation. 

100 Airdrie Men Who Give A Damn is a simple, quick, and meaningful way to help make a major impact in the community. 100 men pledge $100, four times per year, to local charities and community groups. 

Jason Bostick, a member and Social Media Manager of 100 Airdrie Men Who Give a Damn, says the number of men who showed up to the meeting didn’t have any effect on the experience. 

“We had a little bit of a smaller in-person attendance, but everyone who was there was super social and friendly.” 

The Airdrie Legion gave an update, as they were the previous recipients, as to how the donation they received was used in a meaningful way. 

After that, the three presentations were made by the evening’s nominated organizations to make their case for the next $10,000. 

“APARC Airdrie, the animal rescue center spoke first, then came Project Linus, who creates blankets for kids in crisis from abuse or trauma. Thirdly, The Thumbs Up Foundation spoke, ultimately becoming the ones who received the $10,000.” 

Thumbs Up Foundation’s purpose is to improve access to mental health care. Their vision is to establish and connect resources for those patients suffering in all areas of mental health. 

Although APARC and Project Linus didn’t receive the $10,000, they did receive some funds. 

“They both ended up with $1,100.” says Bostick, “We had a few extra men who donated and we've also started a new sponsor program where we try and get local businesses to sponsor and the goal is to either top up the money if we don't reach $10,000 or to let the other two projectors go home with something as well.” 

The next quarterly donation is planned for July 19 with the location yet to be determined. 

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