Cirque du Soleil 25th-anniversary celebration


    
                   THE FIRST BENEFIT GALA IN SUPPORT OF THE
                           ONE DROP(TM) FOUNDATION
    

    MONTREAL, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th
anniversary this year, and to kick off the celebrations, a 25th anniversary
gala evening to benefit the ONE DROP Foundation will be held tonight at the
official opening of OVO in Montreal. Several Montreal celebrities have
contributed to this benefit party, including Garou, Luc Plamondon, Guy A.
Lepage, Michel Côté, Fabienne Larouche, Mitsou, Stéphane Quintal, Vincent
Damphousse, Marie St-Pierre, Gilbert Rozon, Alain Simard and many others.
    For the very first time, Cirque du Soleil is breaking with tradition and
holding a benefit gala in support of the ONE DROP Foundation at the official
opening of one of its shows. Galas will be held in Montreal, Quebec City and
Toronto. Cirque du Soleil will, of course, continue to pursue its dream by
creating new shows, but Guy Laliberté also wants ONE DROP to continue to forge
ahead in the future. With a number of activities slated for the coming
year-and the support of Cirque du Soleil-2009 promises to be a turning point
for the Foundation.

    Gala evening in Montreal - A generous success

    The Montreal performance of OVO will welcome more than 1,700 guests who
have agreed to make a donation to the ONE DROP Foundation through the purchase
of their ticket. The net income from ticket sales for this event is
$1,404,000.
    The show will be followed by a colourful celebration of the company's
25th anniversary.

    Gala evening in Quebec City on August 23

    The 25th-anniversary gala evening in Quebec City will be held on August
23, following the final performance of OVO in the city.

    The ONE DROP Foundation: Water for all, all for water.

    The ONE DROP Foundation(TM) is an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of
Cirque du Soleil(R). Its mission is to fight poverty by providing access to
water and raising awareness among people and communities of water-related
issues and of the need to commit in order to ensure that good-quality water is
accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow.
    The Foundation wants to be an agent of change and influence towards
distributing and making water accessible to everyone, all over the world.
    In addition to the expertise its Board of Directors, the ONE DROP
Foundation benefits from a Scientific Committee, two Program Management
Committees (one for the North and one for the South), a Financial Ethics and
Governance Committee and a Philanthropic Development Committee, who work
together to guide the Foundation in the strategic planning and implementation
of its projects.
    Important partners have contributed to ONE DROP: Oxfam International, RBC
(Royal Bank of Canada) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Cirque
du Soleil is proud to support the ONE DROP Foundation, whose offices are
located at Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal (Canada).
    To learn more, visit ONEDROP.org.

    
                           THE ONE DROP FOUNDATION
                    WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS MAIN PARTNERS

    Beauward
    BMO Financial Group
    Bombardier
    CGI
    Cirque du Soleil
    CISN Navigation
    Mansfield Athletic Club
    Le Club de Hockey Canadien / EFFIX
    Power Technology Investment Corporation
    Power Financial Corporation
    Divco Claridge
    Garival
    National Bank Financial Group
    Hydro-Québec
    Feeling Productions
    Desjardins Group
    National / Molson Coors
    Ogilvy Renault
    Orange Business Services
    Outbox Technology
    Power Corporation of Canada
    Prestige Telecom
    Quintessence
    Quintessence
    Samson Bélair / Deloitte & Touche
    Saputo
    Sid Lee
    Solotech
    Starlink
    The Flying Cohons
    Transcontinental
    Trioomph
    Ugland
    




For further information:

For further information: Chantal Côté, Cirque du Soleil, (514) 723-7646
ext. 7326, chantal.cote@cirquedusoleil.com


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