TONIGHT: Gallery Moos Hosts All-Star Art Auction for Parkdale Community Food Bank

TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The Parkdale Community Food Bank will hold its first ever art auction and fundraiser tonight, with Gallery Moos at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

Gallery Moos is offering up a selection of work by well-known contemporary Canadian and international artists as well as pieces by local Parkdale artists and food bank users at the live auction to raise money for the food bank, located in one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods.

"The cultural sector makes a huge contribution to the well-being of our communities," said Food Bank Executive Director Robert Thorpe. "These artists, with Gallery Moos, are putting their efforts and talents towards making sure we're able to continue the important work of the food bank."

Thorpe said that he hopes the event will become an annual one.

Art for Food
Live Art Auction and Fundraiser for the Parkdale Community Food Bank
February 25, 6 - 9 p.m.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallet Theatre
27 Front Street East, Toronto ON
*Media welcome*

Leading up to the event, Gallery Moos will display some of the auction pieces at the food bank, which will be open for viewings by appointment.

Artists include, but are not limited to:
Ian McLean, Menno Krant, Jeanette Luchese, Ricky Kruger, Kim Campbell, Stephen Brookbank, Rebecca Last, Nika Belianina and others.

The show is being curated by Gallery Moos' Rupert Young, who has generously volunteered his time to pull together the event on behalf of the gallery.

Quick facts -the Parkdale Community Food Bank:

  • serves up to 2,800 people each month.
  • has seen an increase of its membership by 53 per cent since the beginning of the recession.
  • distributes between 3 ½ and 5 tonnes of food each week.
  • has only one employee and relies on 50 committed volunteers to make the food bank work.
  • is a registered charity and is located at 1316 King Street West, Toronto.

SOURCE Parkdale Community Food Bank

For further information:

For more information on the art auction, or to schedule a viewing, please call Parkdale Community Food Bank Executive Director Robert Thorpe at: 416-532-2375, Shannon Devine, fundraising committee chair (cell) 416-302-1699 or visit: www.pcfb.ca

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