Media Advisory - Touchdown for Habitat for Humanity Toronto



    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     News conference to announce a partnership between the Michael
              "Pinball" Clemons Foundation, the 2007 Grey Cup Festival, the
              Canadian Auto Workers Union, and Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

    Where:    Varsity Centre - University of Toronto (southeast corner of
              Bloor Street and Devonshire Place) - Home of 31 Grey Cup games

    Who:      Michael 'Pinball' Clemons, Head Coach, Toronto Argonauts &
              Chair, Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation
              Buzz Hargrove, President, Canadian Auto Workers Union
              Brad Watters, General Manager, 2007 Grey Cup Festival
              Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Toronto

    When:     Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.

                                 Highlights
    

    This Friday, September 21, at the Varsity Centre, home of 31 Grey Cup
games, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Buzz Hargrove, and Brad Watters will build
the first wall of the Habitat for Humanity Toronto 2007 Grey Cup Home. The
wall will later be moved to a temporary construction site outside the Rogers
Centre, where the home will be built during the Via Rail Bremner Street
Festival in the days leading up to the 2007 Grey Cup.

    About Habitat for Humanity Toronto

    Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit,
non-denominational Christian housing organization. Habitat welcomes all people
without discrimination to join us to build simple, decent, affordable homes in
partnership with low-income families. One hundred percent of all
administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of three
ReStores, which sell donated, quality new and gently-used renovation
materials. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 225,000 homes with
families in need in over 100 countries. Every 21 minutes, Habitat for Humanity
builds a new home.

    About the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation

    The Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation's core mission is to foster
vision, leadership, and continued education. Our vision is to quicken academic
excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and
inspire generosity in our youth. The four pillars of our vision are:

    Character - promotes the foundation of good citizenship
    Education - which is the catalyst for success and progress
    Health - which is the foundation of vitality
    Under-Resourced - which is the foundation of philanthropy.

    Through organized fundraising appeals and events, such as the Pinball
Wizard gala, our goal is to make substantial contributions to local health,
human resources, education, and character building programs that serve our
community.

    About the 2007 Grey Cup

    An annual tradition celebrated by Canadians from coast-to-coast since
1909, the Grey Cup is Canada's largest professional sporting event. In
addition to the thousands filling Rogers Centre on Sunday, November 25, the
Grey Cup will be watched by millions of fans across Canada on CBC and RDS and
in more than 160 countries around the globe. Toronto last hosted the Grey Cup
in 1992 when Calgary defeated Winnipeg 24-10.





For further information:

For further information: Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity,
Toronto, (416) 755-7353 x 223, or cell (416) 436-4190,
neil@torontohabitat.on.ca; Beth Waldman, Director, Communications, Toronto
Argonauts Football Club & Grey Cup 2007, (416) 341-2720 or cell (416)
219-4410, bwaldman@argonauts.on.ca; John McClyment, National Representative,
CAW-Canada, (416) 495-3776 or cell (416) 315-3202, john.mcclyment@caw.ca


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