SNAP! Photography gala featuring renowned and emerging Canadian artists expected to raise over $120,000 for the AIDS Committee of Toronto



    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - Calling all art buffs, socialites and
photographers - SNAP!, one of Canada's leading photography events and a vital
fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), is a night not to be
missed!
    Held on Sunday, March 4th and in its sixth year, SNAP! is expected to
raise $120,000 and draw more than 1,000 art aficionados to the chic National
Ballet School in Toronto. This swanky event will feature a gala reception, a
photography competition with over 300 works from professional and amateur
photographers, a live auction, and a silent auction.

    Some of the elite artists featured at this year's event include:

    
    -   Edward Burtynsky - a Canadian photographer with an international
        reputation and an agenda for positive social and environmental
        change.

    -   Donald Weber - A Kiev-based Canadian photographer who covered the
        World AIDS Conference for the New York Times. His work, also being
        auctioned off at SNAP!, received an Honourable Mention from World
        Press Photo in 2006.

    -   John Oswald - A Canadian multimedia artist who was the recipient of
        the 2006 Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts and
        recipient of the Toronto Untitled Art Award.

    -   Eldon Garnet - one of Canada's original contemporary artists with
        surveys at the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Contemporary
        Canadian Art and the Amsterdam Center of Photography.
    

    Additional returning artists to include Andy Fabo, Jesse Boles, Joshua
Jensen-Naigle and distinguished sharp shooters represented at SNAP! for the
very first time - Karin Babus, Julie Blackmon, Don Newlands, Derek Shapton and
Vince Pietropaulo.
    Media registration is available on site or by calling (416) 523-1420 in
advance.

    SNAP! Details:

    
    What:  SNAP! - A celebration of contemporary photography gala event in
           support of ACT.

    Why:   Net proceeds from SNAP! directly support the essential programs
           and services offered free of charge by ACT to people in our
           community infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

    When:  Sunday, March 4, 2006. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

    Where: The National Ballet School located at 400 Jarvis Street (Jarvis
           and Carlton area). Street parking available.

    How:   Tickets can be purchased online at www.snap-toronto.com or by
           calling 416-340-8484 ext.257.
    

    About ACT

    The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) delivers responsive, effective, and
valued community-based HIV support services and education, prevention,
outreach and fundraising programs that promote the health, well-being, worth
and rights of individuals and communities living with, affected by and at risk
for HIV/AIDS, and increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.
    Founded in 1983, ACT provides emotional and practical support services to
men, women and youth living with HIV/AIDS, and offers support to their family,
friends and partners. ACT works with gay and bisexual men, Portuguese-speaking
communities, youth, and women at increased risk for HIV infection to develop
and deliver HIV/AIDS information, education and outreach programs. ACT staff
and volunteers are dedicated to responding to the changing nature of HIV/AIDS.
    For more information about ACT, visit www.actoronto.org.





For further information:

For further information: Lindsay Deefholts, (416) 645-3682,
lindsay.deefholts@fleishman.ca; Peter Gay, (416) 523-1420,
peter.gay@hillandknowlton.ca

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