Raptors Head Coach plants roots in Toronto with record-breaking donation



    Raptors Head Coach donates $50,000 to Tree Foundation

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - As a gesture of his commitment to Toronto and
the environment, Raptors Head Coach Sam Mitchell has made a $50,000 donation
to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Mitchell's donation is the single
largest donation made by an individual in the Foundation's history. The
donation, which supports creating healthy, vibrant communities, will fund the
planting and care of hundreds of large trees, which will be planted throughout
Toronto. The contribution will make a positive difference to supporting
Toronto's Climate Change, Clean Air and sustainable Energy Action Plan.
    "I wanted to make a difference in a way that not only benefits the people
of Toronto, a city that has become my second home, but also benefits the
environment," said Mitchell. "Torontonians have welcomed me since I arrived in
this city, and this is my way of thanking them and the city for their
support."
    Mitchell further signified his commitment to the environment recently by
purchasing one of Tridel's Built Green condominiums in Toronto. Tridel's
environmentally-friendly suites are designed with sustainable living
attributes.
    "Coach Mitchell's donation for tree planting in Toronto is incredibly
generous and most welcome," said Mayor David Miller. "Caring for our natural
environment is a big job and an important job that takes the combined efforts
of government, citizens and business. Donations like this one make Toronto a
cleaner and greener place, and ultimately a more liveable city."

    Toronto's 8,000 hectres of public parkland and more than 1,500 named
parks provide essential public space for play, sports, culture and quiet
places to experience nature in the city. The Toronto Parks and Trees
Foundation is committed to supporting and enhancing these resources. The
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors and
coordinates with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation to identify
areas of need. Working in partnership with corporations, foundation, private
donors, and community groups the Foundation provides a range of enhancements
to Toronto's parks that could not otherwise be achieved.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Deans, Toronto Raptors,
(416) 815-5445; Rajani Kamath, MLSE, (416) 815-5790; Arthur Beauregard,
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, (416) 771-2051

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