An evening fit for a President

    - March of Dimes Canada to hold third annual Ability and Beyond
    Gala Dinner featuring President Barack Obama's Campaign Manager
    David Plouffe -

    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - In 2007, March of Dimes Canada hosted the
Princess Royal - on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Fairmont Royal York, TD Bank
Financial Group will be presenting the 3rd Annual Ability and Beyond Gala
Dinner, Seeding the Future, with special guest speaker David Plouffe, the
architect of President Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign victory.
    The 2008 presidential campaign fundamentally changed the way political
campaigns are conducted. After winning the election on November 4, 2008,
President Obama called Mr. Plouffe, "the unsung hero" who built the best
political campaign in the history of the United States. Mr. Plouffe is widely
credited with masterminding the winning strategy and building a team that
delivered unprecedented results.
    Mr. Plouffe's speech will cover the theme for the event: "Seeding the
Future." He will elaborate on his grassroots organizing experience. Mr.
Plouffe will explain how strategy development and tactical implementation,
harnessing technology to connect to a disperse group of people, and sticking
to your game plan in the face of crisis and skepticism will engage a diverse
business and activist audience.
    Funds raised from the dinner will support March of Dimes Canada's peer
support programs, Polio Canada(R) and Stroke Recovery Canada(R). These
grassroots community networks provide services, education and support to
stroke survivors and people with post-polio syndrome, their families,
healthcare professionals and caregivers. A private reception with Mr. Plouffe
for patrons, sponsors and major donors will be held prior to the dinner.
    Honourable Elinor Caplan PC and Bill Laidlaw are the Dinner Co-Chairs.
Honourable Senator Mike Duffy will be the Master of Ceremonies. Sanofi-pasteur
is the gold sponsor, Shoppers HomeHealthCare the silver sponsor, Louro
Jewellers the bronze sponsor, H20 Floral Studio & Home Décor is the decorating
sponsor and Joseph's Estate Winery the wine sponsor.
    Gala Tables are $2500 and tickets are $250 each and include entrance to
the Gala reception and dinner. Patron tables are $5000 and Patron tickets are
$500 each and include the private reception with Mr. Plouffe and Senator Mike
Duffy. The Paul Martin Sr. Society Reception starts at 5:30pm and the dinner
at 7pm. Mr. Plouffe will speak at approximately 8:15pm.
    For more information on purchasing tickets please call 416-425-3463 ext.
7342 or visit the website at

    March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization
providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and
caregivers across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Ruth Kapelus, Public Relations Coordinator,
March of Dimes Canada, 10 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON, M4H 1A4, Phone: (416)
425-3463 ext. 7254, Toll Free: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7254, Fax: (416) 425-1920,,

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