January 24th, 2013,Toronto….Two CBC productions, Arctic Air & Cracked have joined the Film & Television Charity Challenge to raise money in support of their colleagues in need of assistance.
On the set of Arctic Air a 50/50 draw was organized, with members of the cast and crew buying tickets at the wrap party. Half the proceeds from the draw went to the Actors’ Fund of Canada and the other half went to the draw’s winner – a great way to end a season!
Cracked used the spirit of the holiday season to hold a successful fundraising drive. A Christmas tree was put up on set and members of cast and crew who made a donation to the Fund received a paper ornament to decorate the tree with. Before the show broke for the holidays, those who donated were entered into a draw for a gingerbread house and a chocolate sleigh. The production company, White Pine Pictures then matched the proceeds from the donation drive, bringing the total to$2,460. “Raising money with the donation tree and prize draw was a fun and easy way to support a charity that matters to our industry” said Production Manager Victoria Woods. “It brought cast and crew together and was a great way to celebrate the holidays.”
The Actors’ Fund of Canada is a registered charity that provides short-term financial aid to entertainment industry professionals. Performers and others who work behind the scenes in film and television, theatre, music and dance can apply for emergency financial aid from the Fund. Through its Film and Television Relief Program (www.emergencyrelief.ca), the Fund will help hundreds of film & television industry workers recover from illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship in 2012.
The Actors’ Fund of Canada was the recipient of the 2011 Gemini Special Award for exceptional service to the Canadian television industry.
CAST AND CREW OF CRACKED
CAST AND CREW OF ARCTIC AIR
David Hope, The Actors’ Fund of Canada
Web site: www.actorsfund.ca