CAMH Foundation presents Queen Street Unmasked



    Help lift the mask on mental illness and addiction

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Community leaders, with support from the Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, will hold the second annual
Queen Street Unmasked on February 27th at the Drake Hotel starting at 8:30
p.m. This unique fundraising event will support CAMH's redevelopment project
and help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction.
Presented by Bell, Ernst & Young and The Orlando Corporation, Queen Street
Unmasked will showcase everything the Queen Street West community has to
offer.
    "The inaugural Unmasked was hailed as a wonderful new addition to
Toronto's event scene, and we have built on that success by adding many
exciting new elements," says Ana Lopes, event chair and member of the CAMH
Foundation's Transforming Lives Campaign Cabinet. "Toronto's arts, business,
culinary and Queen Street West communities have come together in an
extraordinary show of support for CAMH."
    Queen Street Unmasked offers three floors of food, refreshments,
entertainment, dancing and more. Some of Toronto's most notable artists and
galleries have donated works of art to be featured in a live auction during
the evening, which will include works by Charles Pachter, Edward Burtynsky,
Susan Collett, John Scott, Scott Conarroe and Michel Lambeth.
    Among the lively entertainment lined up is a performance by
singer/songwriter Serena Ryder, whose soulful lyrics and mesmerizing vocals
have won critical acclaim. Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record
producer K-OS will be adding his talents and magic to the evening as celebrity
DJ, and George Stroumboulopoulos from CBC's The Hour will act as MC.
    Earlier in the evening, a series of exclusive Queen Street Unmasked
dinner parties will be held at restaurants, galleries and lofts in the Queen
Street West area with menus created especially for the event by some of
Toronto's top chefs. Dinner guests will then join the Party at the Drake.
    The "unmasked" theme symbolizes the removal of the stigma that surrounds
mental illness and addiction.
    "These issues impact one in four Canadians, yet many do not seek or
receive adequate treatment - improving that situation is of paramount
importance," says Mary Deacon, President & CEO of the CAMH Foundation. "People
are often ashamed or afraid to talk about these illnesses - which can prevent
them from seeking the help they need. All who support Queen Street Unmasked
are helping to effect transformative social change, and we thank them for
their remarkable commitment."
    Proceeds will support CAMH's redevelopment of its outdated facilities at
the Queen Street site into a new kind of hospital for addiction and mental
health, part of a mixed-use urban village that will become a vital and
energetic component of the Queen Street West neighbourhood and of the city of
Toronto.
    Tickets to The Party cost $150. For more information or to order tickets,
please visit www.supportcamh.ca or call 416-599-2550.

    CAMH is one of the leading addiction and mental health organizations in
North America and Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching
hospital. Integrating clinical care, scientific research, education, policy
development and health promotion, CAMH transforms the lives of people impacted
by mental health and addiction issues.
    CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Collaborating Centre, and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews please contact Jean
Geary, Director of Communications, CAMH Foundation, at (416) 535-8501 ext.
4395.

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