Bob Rumball Gala, The First 50 Years

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - On November 21st, The Bob Rumball Foundation for
the Deaf will be honouring Reverend Bob Rumball with a special Gala evening at
the Toronto Centre For The Arts.
    The Bob Rumball Gala, The First 50 Years will celebrate Reverend
Rumball's tireless efforts and dedication to the health and welfare of the
Deaf. None of the Foundation's achievements would have been possible without
his selfless leadership, guidance and passion over the past 50 years. Funds
raised will also build the foundation for the future work for the Bob Rumball
Foundation for the Deaf.
    The Gala will also pay tribute to Reverend Rumball's many years as
chaplain for the Metropolitan Toronto Police Association, court intervener for
the Deaf, and spokesman for the Deaf in their striving for recognition by
    Versatile Canadian guitarist and vocalist Rik Emmett, who originally
gained fame with the rock trio Triumph, will entertain the gala guests. The
evening includes cocktail and dessert reception.
    Reverend Rumball, former Argonaut half-back and ordained minister,
inspired his friends and supporters to help him create the Ontario Camp for
the Deaf south of Parry Sound in 1960, build the Bob Rumball Centre for the
Deaf on Bayview Avenue in 1979, the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf
Centre in Milton, and this year, to open the Bob Rumball Long-Term Care Home
for the Deaf in Barrie.
    He is the recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada, Order
of Ontario, King Clancy Award, Centennial Award from the Ontario Medical
Association, and the third Canadian Helen Keller Centre award honouring
pioneers from the fields of deaf-blindness, deafness, visual impairment and
hearing impairment. He is the only Canadian to have received the Humanitarian
Award of the Lions Club International.
    Tickets to the "Bob Rumball Gala, The First 50 Years" are available by
calling 416-447-3182 or visiting


    Bob Rumball Gala, The First 50 Years
    Wednesday, November 21, 2007
    6:30 to 10:30 pm
    Toronto Centre For The Arts
    5040 Yonge Street

    Note to editors: Background material and more photos may be downloaded
from the Gala's website media page at

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Prosser, Rumball Foundation for the
Deaf, (416) 446-9651 ext 206,; Leonard Knott, Rumball
Gala Media Liaison, (416) 488-1277 ext 2

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