21st Annual Teddy Bear Affair will rock Toronto November 17 to support the Children's Aid Foundation



    Guests will celebrate with fabulous prizes and spectacular Canadian
    entertainment

    TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - More than 1,000 guests are expected to gather at
the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, November 17 for a magical
night of fun and philanthropy in support of the Children's Aid Foundation. The
Foundation's annual Teddy Bear Affair, devoted to helping abused and neglected
and high-risk children across Canada, is the city's ultimate fundraising event
    "The outcome of the Teddy Bear Affair far exceeds my expectations each
year," says Sheilagh Johnson, Executive Director of the Children's Aid
Foundation. "The generosity of our guests and donors helps us change the lives
of so many children in need. Their support means so much, and we are proud to
provide them with an unforgettable evening with magnificent prizes,
mesmerizing entertainment and superb food."
    "As always, 100 per cent of event proceeds from this year's event will be
directed to children's programs in the areas of education, enrichment and
prevention," Johnson added.
    Winner of the 2007 Canadian Industry Awards Best Fundraising Event, the
Teddy Bear Affair is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and is
expected to raise enough money to give more than 60,000 high-risk kids in
Toronto - 300,000 nationally - the skills and support they need to overcome
the challenging odds of poverty, neglect and abuse.
    This year's theme, Teddy Sings the Blues, promises guests an evening of
explosive entertainment with performances by Canadian icon Tom Cochrane, Juno
Award nominee Sophie Milman, classic rock tribute band the Carpet Frogs,
15-year-old blues/rock guitarist, Alex Tintinalli, Kollage and Canadian Idol
Finalist, Toya Alexis, as well as exquisite silent and live auction items.

    Get Your Bid in Now - Chic Condo Up for Grabs!

    From November 1 - 16, everyone will be clamoring to bid on the sleek new
Toronto condominium designed and donated by Cresford Developments. The suite
is ideally located in the spectacular Sunnyside Beach area, and the building
comes with public areas fashionably furnished by Fendi Casa. Building features
include pools, tennis courts and a glass walkway with a tranquil water garden.
The retail value of the condominium is approximately $225,000CAD.
    "Cresford is delighted to contribute this remarkable new condominium in
support of the Children's Aid Foundation," says Maria Athanasoulis, vice
president, marketing and sales for Cresford. "We are certain that the suite's
stylish design will appeal to the sophisticated supporters of the Foundation."
    Bids will be accepted online for the condominium on the Children's Aid
Foundation website at www.cafdn.org until November 16 at noon. Guests of the
Teddy Bear Affair will also be able to bid on the condominium during the live
auction, and the person with the most recent online bid will also be invited
to participate in the auction. Don't miss out on this fantastic investment in
Canada's children!

    
    Other incredible live auction items up for bidding at the Teddy Bear
Affair include:
    -   An all-expenses paid trip to Tuscany, Italy to learn about how to
        create gastronomic delights at Umberto's Villa Delia Culinary School,
    -   A Chrysler Town and Country minivan,
    -   A dream kitchen from Miele Deluxe Kitchens,
    -   A dramatic sight and sound home electronics package,
    -   An exclusive night to remember with the NHL and 11 friends,
    -   One of a kind teddy bears, including a 'Tiffany & Co. Bear', and
        more!

    Legendary Canadian rock-music artist Tom Cochrane will also dazzle guests
with his soulful lyrics and catchy vibe during a live performance.
    Other musical sensations set to perform are:
    -   Juno Award nominee Sophie Milman,
    -   15 year old blues sensation, Alex Tintinalli, and
    -   Classic rock tribute band, The Carpet Frogs
    

    The Foundation would like to thank its presenting sponsors, CIBC World
Markets Children's Foundation and CGI Canada for their continued help and
support in ensuring this year's gala also enjoys a tremendous amount of
success.

    About the Children's Aid Foundation

    Founded in 1979, the Children's Aid Foundation is a national charity
dedicated to improving the lives of abused, neglected and high-risk children
in Canada. The Foundation works with Children's Aid Societies and other child
welfare agencies across the country to fund prevention, enrichment and
education programming.




For further information:

For further information: or to book an interview, please contact:
Christine Smith, Children's Aid Foundation, (416) 923-0924 X 230; Heather
Brown, Edelman, (416) 979-1120 X 238


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