Celebrities honour Hamilton, Halton and Niagara World Vision child sponsors

    Michelle Wright and Krystaal perform at event hosted by Donna Skelly at
    the McIntyre Theatre

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Musical guests Michelle Wright, Krystaal
and local personalities Jesse Lumsden, Donna Skelly and Leanne Cater will
thank local World Vision child sponsors at Mohawk College's McIntyre Theatre
on Wednesday, February 20 during a special evening event.
    World Vision is inviting local child sponsors and their guests to an
evening of appreciation and entertainment. CHCH News' Donna Skelly, the New
Country 95.3's Leanne Cater and Hamilton Tiger-Cat Jesse Lumsden will share
experiences from their recent trip to El Salvador with World Vision. Cater
will introduce Veronica, a sponsored child whom they met in El Salvador who is
visiting Hamilton.
    Award-winning country artist Michelle Wright and African musical group
Krystaal will perform for the 1,000 child sponsors expected to attend the
event, which is part of World Vision's Hamilton-Halton-Niagara 2,600 Campaign
running from February 1 - March 15.
    The goal of the six-week campaign is to raise awareness among local
residents about issues affecting children in developing countries and to
encourage them to sponsor 2,600 children in need through World Vision by March
15th. Generous residents of the region already sponsor 22,361 children through
World Vision. Since the launch of the campaign on February 1, local residents
have sponsored an additional 533 children.

    WHAT:     World Vision Sponsor Appreciation Evening

    WHEN:     7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    WHERE:    The McIntrye Theatre at Mohawk College
              135 Fennell Ave. West (corner of Fennell Ave. & West 5th)
              Hamilton, Ont., L8N 3T2

    WHO:      Michelle Wright, award-winning country music artist
              Jesse Lumsden, Hamilton Tiger-Cat
              Krystaal, award-winning African musical group from the
              Democratic Republic of the Congo
              Donna Skelly, CHCH News co-host
              Leanne Cater, co-host of Mookie and Lea in the Morning on the
              New Country 95.3
              Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit WorldVision.ca.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Tiffany
Baggetta, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2485, (416) 677-4450 (cell),

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