A gala with a cause

Annual SNAP! photography auction raises funds for ACT

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The eagerly-anticipated SNAP! Gala, taking place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, is an evening of photography, philanthropy and fabulous hors d'oeuvres, benefitting the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Bringing together art-lovers of all kinds, the highlights of SNAP! 2013 will be the curated live and silent auctions of contemporary photography from Canada and abroad.

When:  Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
   
Where:  The SNAP! Factory, Andrew Richard Designs
571 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

Now in its 12th year, the main attraction at the SNAP! Gala is the live auction, featuring the work of some of Canada's most notable contemporary photographers. Each year this auction gets bigger and better, with this year's event headed up by Honourary Chair Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and CBC television personality.

"It's been inspiring to see so many talented photographers donating their time and work to be auctioned off for the cause," Dickinson says. "Photography is such a moving and emotionally-charged medium that complements this incredibly emotional health issue. HIV/AIDS affects so many people in our city, and the funds raised from SNAP! will help provide much-needed support."

In addition to the live auction, this year's silent auction features an exciting collection of photographic art from both seasoned professionals and talented amateurs. Images for the silent auction collection were selected by a panel of esteemed judges through the popular Elevator Digital Photo Competition.

"I am heartened to see so many people come together to celebrate art and support such a worthy cause," says Matthew Teitelbaum, the Art Gallery of Ontario's Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO. "For the third year in a row, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a proud partner of the SNAP! Gala and Auction. It is truly our privilege to be involved."

This year's event will also acknowledge 30 years of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Since 1983, ACT has championed the cause of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS. ACT works with gay men, women and youth to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience, and provides counselling, information, social support activities and employment programs. Learn more about ACT online at ACToronto.org, follow @ACToronto or visit Facebook.com/ACToronto.

Two people are newly infected with HIV every day in Toronto, so ACT's work is far from over. And that is why this exciting and high-profile fundraiser is so important. So far, SNAP! has raised over $1.9 million to support ACT's free programs and services. The proceeds from the 2013 SNAP! Gala will allow this important work to continue.

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About SNAP!

SNAP! attracts more than 700 art and photography enthusiasts each year, providing patrons with an opportunity to support ACT and add to their art collections. Both renowned and emerging artists showcase their work at the event. All proceeds go to support free and vital programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.snap-toronto.com.

About Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Waterhouse, an investment in TD Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 8.5 million online customers. TD had CDN$811 billion in assets on October 31, 2012.

 

SOURCE: AIDS Committee of Toronto

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For more information or to arrange an interview with a SNAP! spokesperson or artist please contact:

Laine Jaremey
SNAP! PR Lead
416-909-0966
ljaremey@gmail.com

For media inquiries regarding ACT:

Andrew Brett
ACT Communications Coordinator
416-340-8484 ext. 225
abrett@actoronto.org