Joins TELUS, WestJet teams as countdown begins for the September 27th almost-sold-out event
CALGARY, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ -
What: Grammy and Juno award winning producer David Foster will be in Calgary
on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 to provide an update on this year's David Foster & Friends Miracle
Concert being held in Calgary on September 27, 2014. (www.davidfostermiracleconcert.com) Proceeds will benefit the David Foster Foundation.
Where: WestJet Campus, 22 Aerial Place NE, Calgary (Visitor Parking available
on west side of the campus building, look for white visitor parking
signs. Please do not park on the road between the two buildings.)
When: 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014
Who: David Foster is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order
of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including
three for Producer of the Year), three-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe
winner, seven-time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and is honoured
to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk(s) of Fame.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria
in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially
supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are
undergoing life-saving organ transplants. Every year, Foster chooses a
Canadian city to host the David Foster & Friends Miracle Concert to
raise awareness and funds for the foundation. These gala events are
legendary for the 'friends' who join Foster on stage and the live
auction items that are literally out of this world experiences.
Also available for interviews will be:
Gregg Saretsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet
Andrea Goertz, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer, TELUS
Mike Ravenhill, CEO, David Foster Foundation
Curtis Keller - 5 years old, and his parents Alex & Amber. Curtis has
been waiting for a heart transplant since he was 3 years old and the
David Foster Foundation has supported his family while they wait for an
organ donor. The Keller Family lives in Calgary.
Why: Calgary was chosen for the 2014 concert & gala thanks to the support of
TELUS and WestJet, two long-standing national partners.
Since 1986, the David Foster Foundation has assisted close to 1,000
Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and
provided millions of dollars in direct family support.
Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of
national partners like TELUS, WestJet, AMJ Campbell, DeerFields Clinic,
Schnitzer, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Hope Air, and Aird & Berlis LLP,
families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away
from their homes to be with their child awaiting transplants, during
transplant operations and post-operation recovery.
The Foundation's financial commitment to families ranges from an average
of $10,000 per year up to $100,000.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in
both Canada and the United States.
Currently there are more than 4500 Canadians waiting for life-saving
transplants. However, each year there are only 13 donors per one
million people in Canada.
90 per cent of Canadians state they would donate their organs to those
in need, yet less than 20 per cent of Canadians are registered as organ
One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people.
In Alberta only 0.6 per cent of the population is registered as donors.
For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.
For further information:
Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or email@example.com