Charity Events


We are proud to announce the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society as our local charity for Otafest 2014!

AARCS' mission is to improve the lives of animals by rescuing and providing sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals; assisting communities to achieve healthy and respectful relationships with animals; and promoting responsible and compassionate guardianship on behalf of all animals.

In 2012, they opened their first shelter in northeast Calgary, designed to provide temporary housing, emergency shelter and quarantine for animals.

As a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and World Society for the Protection of Animals, AARCS strives to promote animal welfare and are committed to preventing the suffering and cruelty to animals and instill in people, empathy, compassion and appreciation for all living things.

We invite all patrons to get involved in our fundraising initiatives:

  • Charity Auction
  • Maid Cafe
  • VIP Passes
  • Live Action Mario Kart Racing
  • Table Flipping
  • Sketch Drive
  • Photo Booth
  • Donation Jars

...and many more!

Each of the above initiatives are a great way to involve yourself in the work of a local charity, and proceeds will go towards the benefit of AARCS!

For every $1,000 raised by Otafest attendees, one of the members of the executive team will be forced into an animal kigurumi (onesie). Visit us at Closing Ceremonies for a hilarious, fun, and embarrassing (for us) activity and to hear how much our community raised this year!