Media Advisory - Pioneering Toronto children's agency celebrating a century
of service

Gala event expected to raise more than $250,000 for children at risk

TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Hundreds of guests will join volunteers of Child Development Institute (CDI) at the historic Artscape Wychwood Barns on November 19 to raise funds for some of Toronto's most at-risk children and families. The 100th anniversary celebration will feature festivities, fine food, strolling musicians and DJ amidst a décor that evokes CDI's outstanding contribution to helping children and families since 1909.

Child Development Institute has more than ten locations in Toronto, providing programs for early learning, children's mental health intervention, and services for children who have suffered family violence and sexual abuse. CDI serves more than 4,000 children each year in Toronto and its award-winning model programs are replicated across Canada and internationally. CDI's research is leading new approaches to children's development and well-being. Proceeds from the event will support CDI's mental health and family violence programs for Toronto families.

    WHAT:  An Evening of Wonder, the 100th anniversary celebration for Child
           Development Institute
    WHEN:  Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
           Special video presentation depicting 100 years of service at 8:00
    WHERE: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

Child Development Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its many event sponsors and in-kind donors, including Evening Presenting Sponsor TD Securities and Platinum Patron The McCain Family.


For further information: For further information: Media contact: Nancy Bennett, Director of Development & Communications,, (416) 603-1827 x 2276,; Ticket sales: Victoria Houston, Development Coordinator,, (416) 603-1827 x 2248

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