21st Annual Fashion Cares Announces The First of This Year's Hot & Sexy Talent Showcase

    Never before have names been announced this early.

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Fashion Cares, the premier benefit for HIV/AIDS
in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is excited to announce two
of this year's talent personalities. Jay Manuel, the Creative
Director/Producer on America's Next Top Model and Host/Executive Producer of
the upcoming Canada's Next Top Model, Cycle 2 on Citytv, is set to host this
year's gala event. Mya, best known for the famous song "Ghetto Supastar", will
be one of the performers. She also starred as one of the famous four in Moulin
Rouge's bohemian hit song "Lady Marmalade".
    "We are very excited to be able to announce a few key acts so early this
year," says Kevin Hartley, Director of Marketing and Development, AIDS
Committee of Toronto. "With Jay and Mya on board and so much more coming in
the next couple of months, Fashion Cares 2007 is definitely going to be a
night to remember."
    Raised in Toronto, Jay Manuel has built his career on his love of
fashion, his excellent taste and an exquisite eye for what the public wants to
see. A fashion and beauty expert who began his career as a makeup artist, Jay
is currently Fashion Correspondent for E!/Style Networks and is part of E!'s
Red Carpet Team. He is also Host/Producer of "Style Her Famous".
    "For the first time, Manuel will take the role of host to a new level,"
adds Hartley. "Not only will our host kick off the event as in previous years,
but Jay will reappear throughout the evening adding his colourful commentary
and sharp wit to the night's events."
    Starting her career as a dancer, Mya always knew that she would work in
the music industry. She started singing while in school and recorded her first
demo and signed her first record deal soon after completing high school.
Staying away from mainstream pop music and turning to melodic R&B sounds has
made her voice so desirable. Mya has won a SAG award for her role in the movie
Chicago and has a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for
"Lady Marmalade".
    The 21st Annual Fashion Cares will be held on May 12, 2007 at the
Distillery Historic District. This year's goal is to raise one million dollars
for individuals and communities living with, affected by and at risk for
HIV/AIDS. Gala and General Admission tickets, including an After Party at a
soon to-be announced venue outside of the Distillery Historic District, will
be limited. Additional tickets for those wishing to attend only the After
Party will also be offered. Tickets will be made available to the public on
April 13, 2007.

    About the AIDS Committee of Toronto (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.

    About Fashion Cares

    Fashion Cares is an annual gala in support of the AIDS Committee of
Toronto (ACT), with the goal of building awareness of HIV/AIDS and raising
funds for ACT. In the past, over 5,000 people have attended the event each
year and more than 1,000 people have volunteered. Over the past 20 years,
Fashion Cares has raised nearly ten million dollars to benefit ACT and is the
largest volunteer event in the world. For additional information, please visit
www.fashioncares.com. The one-hour 21st Fashion Cares Show Special will air
July 5th at 9pm ET/PT on Citytv, MuchMoreMusic, Star! and
FashionTelevisionChannel. Citytv is the Official Broadcaster of Fashion Cares

For further information:

For further information: Kristin Gable, GCI Group, (416) 486-5907,

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