Annual Gala raises $2 million and breaks its fundraising record as over
1,100 guests enjoy "Exquisite California" in support of the Children's
TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - It was a night of good vibrations at the
27th Annual Teddy Bear Affair as more than 1,100 of Toronto's finest
celebrated at a California-themed evening and raised funds for the
Children's Aid Foundation. These generous individuals helped raise a
record $2 million; which will be used to improve the lives of Canada's
abused and neglected children and young adults currently or formerly
living in the child welfare system.
"We are thrilled that so many kind and generous guests came out to the
Children's Aid Foundation's Teddy Bear Affair," said Joe Canavan,
Chairman and Interim CEO, Children's Aid Foundation. "Without their
care and support, desperately needed programs would not receive the
necessary funding. These beautiful children who live in foster care
deserve access to programs that will help enrich their lives. Thank you
to our esteemed patron sponsors, CGI and CIBC without whom none of this
would be possible."
This year's theme, "Exquisite California" was evident throughout the
evening - from the cabanas, sandcastles and surfboards to the live
music of Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys, and the specially
crafted dinner by renowned celebrity chef, Charlie Ayers, California
cuisine aficionado, who flew in from Palo Alto to lend his artistry.
Serving this year as honorary gala co-chairs were Manulife Financial
President and CEO Donald Guloien and Irene Boychuk, whose incredible
commitment to the Children's Aid Foundation has endured for nearly 25
years, taking the form of personal donations, volunteerism, advocacy,
and philanthropic leadership.
The evening also included a silent and live auction and raffle featuring
highly coveted prizing including three exquisite jewelry prizes. In
total, the evening raised $2 million, surpassing the $1.36 million
raised at last year's event.
"Over the last 17 years, CGI has been a proud patron sponsor of the
Teddy Bear Affair," says Marie MacDonald, Senior Vice President, CGI.
"We take enormous pride in being able to help deserving children and
young people across Canada pursue their dreams and acquire the tools
and skills they need to reach their full potential."
Funds raised at this year's gala will help address the needs of Canada's
most vulnerable children and young people. There are 76,000 kids and
teens across Canada living in the child welfare system, in foster homes
or residential facilities. The parents of these kids are not able to
care for them, and these kids have suffered from abuse, neglect,
abandonment or poverty. Thousands more are living in unstable homes and
are at risk of coming into care.
"CIBC and its employees are pleased to support the Children's Aid
Foundation," says Richard Nesbitt, Chief Operating Officer, CIBC.
"Through funding from CIBC Miracle Day we have been proud to provide
financial assistance to kids in care since 1999. This is made possible
with the help of our employees, who each year donate their fees and
commissions on the first Wednesday in December to make a difference for
kids in need."
The Children's Aid Foundation has a mission to improve the lives of
these vulnerable young people by bridging the gap between what the
government is able to provide to stabilize them and what these kids
need in order to heal, rebuild their self-esteem, and find the path to
a brighter future. Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual
donors, The Children's Aid Foundation works with child welfare agencies
across Canada to provide funding for programs and services in the areas
of prevention, education, enrichment, healing and recovery.
The 28th annual Children's Aid Foundation's Teddy Bear Affair will take place
next year on November 1, 2014. Guests will be treated to an enchanting
Italian-themed evening with honorary co-chairs John and Rita Gagliano.
To learn more about the event or the Children's Aid Foundation, visit www.cafdn.org
About the Children's Aid Foundation
An astonishing number of children in Canada are at risk and need our
help. Many suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse
and neglect. A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a
residential facility. The mission of the Children's Aid Foundation is
to fund programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future.
SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
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