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.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
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.
Notes for editors:
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
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview with a SNAP! spokesperson or artist please contact:
SNAP! PR Lead
For media inquiries regarding ACT:
ACT Communications Coordinator
416-340-8484 ext. 225