Paul Anka set to wow guests at 20th Annual Venetian Ball

Gala celebrates 20 years of record-breaking events supporting Villa Charities

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - On October 26, 2013, The Venetian Ball will celebrate a major milestone - 20 years as one of Toronto's premier philanthropic events and the only evening that truly celebrates the mystery and wonderment of Venice's Carnevale.

An evening of fun, food, and entertainment supporting the invaluable work of Villa Charities will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and promises to celebrate traditions of the gala, while rejuvenating the experience with a contemporary and immersive atmosphere. Guests will enjoy a spectacular performance from Canadian music legend Paul Anka, who is sure to dazzle with hits including Diana, Lonely Boy, My Way, She's A Lady, and Put Your Head on My Shoulder.

"For the past 20 years, The Venetian Ball has been the crown jewel event for Villa Charities and a premier event in Toronto's social scene," says Pal Di Iulio, President and CEO of Villa Charities. "The Venetian Ball began as a gala focused on supporting Toronto's Italian Canadian community but has since expanded to reflect Villa Charities' mandate to benefit additional audiences. This milestone anniversary is the perfect time to introduce our supporters to an enhanced experience - one that pulls from our successful past but also welcomes growth in the future."

Guests will join emcee Dina Pugliese, Host of Breakfast Television, for a luxurious evening of Italian-themed excellence, featuring some of Toronto's best restaurants and food purveyors, multiple layers of entertainment, a live auction and, of course, a few surprises.

"In 2013 we will celebrate 20 successful years of mystery and intrigue - our past, present, and future - at The Venetian Ball," say Mauro and Adriana Baldassarra, Co-Chairs of the 2013 Venetian Ball. "The committee has worked tirelessly to develop and implement an event that will transcend the expectations of our guests. With Mr. Anka's performance announced, we want to ensure guests that we have not removed the tradition of surprise from The Venetian Ball - there are many announcements in store for that evening."

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About Villa Charities

Since its formation in 1971 to provide culturally sensitive care for an elderly Italian Canadian population, Villa Charities has extended its mandate to include support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Building on its rich Italian Canadian heritage, and by living life with Italian passion, the Villa Charities family of organizations has grown to include Villa Colombo Services for Seniors, Columbus Centre/Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, VITA Community Living Services/Mens Sana Families for Mental Health, and Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre. Recognizing its relevance across generations, Villa Charities is launching new initiatives to promote quality of life, health and wellness, youth engagement, the creation of new knowledge and investment in new technologies. For more information, visit

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