Downsview Park Foundation Launches with Green Carpet Gala Fundraising Event Hosted by Humble Howard



    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Downsview Park Foundation, in an initiative
to recognize and celebrate the unique vision and opportunities of Downsview
Park as Canada's urban recreational green space, and model of environmental,
economic and social sustainability, is launching with a gala fundraising event
on September 26, 2008.
    Created by community leaders, The Downsview Park Foundation will present
its first-ever fundraising event with Kings of Africa: Gala and Premiere,
sponsored by Mackenzie Investments and hosted by 97.3 EZ Rock's Humble Howard,
featuring an exclusive VIP reception followed by the Toronto premiere of
AMAKHOSi, an African cultural performance currently traveling the globe with a
multi-talented cast of artists, musicians, dancers, and gymnasts showcasing
some of Africa's best performance talent.
    "We are pleased to launch the Downsview Park Foundation with such a
unique cultural experience for the residents of the Greater Toronto Area,"
said Rina Camarra, Chair of the Downsview Park Foundation. "The show has been
a globally recognized success and bringing it to Toronto reflects upon our
status as a culturally aware organization, and highlights our commitment to
invest in Downsview Park."
    The gala will feature an eco-friendly green carpet reception, African
cuisine, wine tasting, and a silent auction with proceeds going towards the
Downsview Park Foundation in support of the development of the self-financing
Downsview Park. Event partners include PMA Canada - Peter Mielzynski Agencies
Ltd., Eco Living Cleaners Inc., Enfleurage Organics, Green Living Magazine,
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Nhajro Indigenous Art, and No Wet
Waterless Car Wash.
    AMAKHOSi is inspired by ancient and diverse African culture and features
an international cast of 40, fusing time-honoured traditions with modern life
to create a vividly imagined, wildly energetic and exhilarating spectacle. The
tour kicked off in Ottawa in June and is touring cross-country with limited
engagement stops in Montreal, QC, Kitchener, ON, Toronto, ON and Vancouver,
BC.
    The Downsview Park Foundation is a registered charitable organization
dedicated to assisting in the development of Downsview Park in achieving its
potential. A group of volunteers established the Foundation independent of
Parc Downsview Park Inc. to heighten awareness of the important work the lands
can do in achieving its mandate for all Canadians.

    About Downsview Park

    Downsview Park consists of 572 acres of land in the heart of the Greater
Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Downsview), the site was
designated by the Government of Canada to be developed as "a unique urban
recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations." The Park
attracts more than a million visits annually.
    For gala ticket information, please visit: <a href="http://www.dpfoundationkings.ca">www.dpfoundationkings.ca</a>





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