A Treat for Mom: A Diva Day!

    Get Mom tickets to 'simply divas' and support the Family Association for
    Mental Health Everywhere

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 31, the fourth annual 'simply
divas' concert will roll out the red carpet at the Berkeley Church to support
the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (F.A.M.E.) and raise funds
to help families across the GTA cope with mental illness. With Mother's Day a
few days away, treat your mom like the diva she is with tickets to 'simply
    The afternoon charity concert will showcase the Etobicoke School of the
Arts' most talented up-and-coming songstresses. They will transform into
musical divas from past and present, including Madonna, P!nk, Dusty
Springfield, Loretta Lynn, k.d. lang, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Janet
Jackson. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Juno Award nominated
guitarist, Paul O'Donnell and pianist, Donovan LaNabat, who has most recently
been tinkling the ivories in the hit show, Jersey Boys.
    A silent auction will feature everything from cashmere robes to Coach
handbags, exquisite diva bling to a shirt signed by 2008 Project Runway Canada
winner, Evan Biddell. A week stay in a condo at Hilton Head, South Carolina,
also up for auction, is guaranteed to tickle every diva's fancy. No matter
what your budget - big or small - this event will have something for everyone!
Swag bags are an additional treat for Mom and will be packed with goodies.
    Diva Chef, Jenna Wilson of Jennaliscious Catering will be pulling out all
the stops; with hors d'oeuvres and canapés named 'Diva's Got Smokin' Soul' and
'My Pleasure, My Choice,' it is sure to be a culinary extravaganza worthy of
every Mom in the room. Not to be outdone, Anna Mae Crespo, the Diva Queen of
Sweets, will be whipping up some 'Forbidden Fruit' mousse and 'Little Black
Corset' cake. The ever-popular signature cocktails, Divatinis, will make their
return appearance and this year Mixologist, Crys Martin (aka Diva Von Teese)
will introduce a brand new blueberry-inspired martini, 'Lady Sings the Blues'.
    Plan a mother-daughter day - what more could Mom ask for? Treat Mom and
yourself, all while feeling good about helping families in your community
tackle the challenges of mental illness.

    What:     'simply divas' - an afternoon charity concert in support of the
              Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (F.A.M.E.)
    When:     Sunday, May 31, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Doors open at 12:30pm
    Where:    The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen Street East, Toronto
    Tickets:  $35 in advance by calling 416-207-5032. Check out
              www.simplydivas.ca for more information.

    About 'simply divas'

    Now in its fourth year, 'simply divas' is an annual fundraising event in
support of F.A.M.E. headlined by full-costumed tribute performances to
songstresses past and present by students from the Etobicoke School of Arts.
The event features a silent auction, Pillbox Hat Girls, swag bags, canapés and
the signature drink, the Divatini. The 'simply divas' event also aims to raise
awareness for, and de-stigmatize, mental illness. For more information and a
sampling of photos from past events, go to www.simplydivas.ca

    About the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (F.A.M.E.)

    The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere is a unique
organization offering support to families and loved ones coping with mental
illness. Founded by a group of families in Etobicoke in 1989, F.A.M.E. has
grown to support all families across the GTA by providing advocacy, education,
referrals, group and one-on-one support services. F.A.M.E. believes that
coming together as a community, outside of the traditional support group
atmosphere, can be rewarding for families and caregivers. The organization
offers a safe environment where both families and their loved ones can share
their experiences. For more information, go to www.fameforfamilies.ca

For further information:

For further information: about 'simply divas.' please contact Jessica
Sine, (647) 400-9661, jessicassine@gmail.com; For more information about
F.A.M.E. please contact Michelle Bake, Director of Marketing and Community
Development, (416) 207-5032 ext. 25, michelleb@fameforfamilies.com

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