Benjamin Moore goes national with Community Restoration Program



    Cash and material grants support community and heritage groups across
    Canada

    STRATFORD, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Representatives of Community Foundations
of Canada (CFC) and of Benjamin Moore released details of eleven Restoration
Grants to communities in Ontario for the year 2007, and announced that thanks
to an additional $100,000 commitment from Benjamin Moore, the program will be
extended to all of Canada in 2008.
    "Our association with Community Foundations of Canada dates back to
1998," said Helen Mullett, Brand Marketing Manager for Benjamin Moore in
Canada. "Since then the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program has made
over 100 grants in 67 communities - a total of $375,000 in financial
assistance and over $86,000 in free paint and materials. Following a very
successful year in Ontario, I am happy to announce that in 2008 the program
will be extended to targeted communities in all regions of Canada."
    In presenting the grants for 2007, Vincenza Travale, Chair of the Board
of CFC, thanked Benjamin Moore for its ongoing commitment to the community
foundation movement. "The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program
provides community groups with the materials and the expertise necessary to
refurbish buildings and facilities of historical and human interest," she
said. "The expansion of the program, which includes $25,000 to support the CFC
in administering the program, is great news for communities across the
country."

    Ontario grants for 2007

    The eleven grants, totaling $22,500 with an additional $6,200 in free
paint, were awarded to communities in and around North Bay, Brampton,
Oakville, and Stratford.
    "The year 2007 marks the 40th anniversary for Gallery Stratford as the
region's public gallery. Situated in the idyllic setting of the Stratford park
system, there isn't a prettier public art gallery in Ontario," said Jennifer
Rudder, Executive Director of Gallery Stratford. "The Queen Anne Style
building was designed by George F. Durand and John M. Moore in 1883 as the
city's water pumping station. The residents of Stratford look forward to the
fresh new look provided by Benjamin Moore's expertise in historic colours and
high quality paint."
    "This program is enthusiastically supported by our retailers," said
Mullett. "It enables them to make a positive difference in their communities
by sharing something that we are passionate about - our expertise and our
product - with people who are equally passionate about the community and its
heritage."

    Applications for 2008 program

    The application process for the 2008 Benjamin Moore Community Restoration
Program will begin in October 2007. For information regarding the communities
that will be targeted next year and details of the application process please
visit the CFC website at www.cfc-fcc.ca/newsroom.

    The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program was developed in
partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership
organization for Canada's more than 155 community foundations.

    Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883
and established its Canadian operations in l906. One of North America's
leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and
industrial maintenance coatings, its products are distributed through a
network of independent paint and decorating retailers. Be sure to visit
www.benjaminmoore.ca to locate a Benjamin Moore retailer.

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For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie McElrone, Director of Communications
and Marketing, Community Foundations of Canada, (902) 461-8284,
a_marie@ns.sympatico.ca; Peggy Sheffield, APR, Peggy Sheffield & Associates
Inc., on behalf of Benjamin Moore & Co., Limited, (416) 246-0474,
psheffield@psapr.com

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