TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto PFLAG starts 2012 by hosting a Cocktail Reception tonight, and presents its distinguished "Ally Award" to member, Brian Burke.
The beautiful lobby of the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly Canon - 244 Victoria Street) is the venue for tonight's spectacular event, emceed by CBC's Ron MacLean with performances by the Cast of My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding; Harpist, Lori Gemmell; a special message from Rick Mercer, and special guest Michael Burgess.
Three Officers of Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit on their mounts, "Honest Ed", "Spencer", and "Moose" the horse donated by Brian Burke in memory of his deceased son Brendan, will greet guests on arrival.
With the theme, "It's Time to Make a Difference", the reception promises an enjoyable evening of entertainment, and opportunities to speak with volunteers and youth members and families about the difference Toronto PFLAG made in their lives. Guest speakers including Honourable Bill Graham, Minister Kathleen Wynne, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Detective Constable Mark Topping, Y.R.P., will address the significant role Toronto PFLAG and allies including award-recipient, Brian Burke, play in our community.
"LGBTQ youth continue to face homophobia and bullying both in and out of our schools," said Toronto PFLAG President, Irene Miller. "Toronto PFLAG recognizes the importance of allies in combatting this serious epidemic, and Mr. Burke's continued message, which encourages everyone to take action, is an inspiration that has significantly helped in this fight. We are honoured to present him with our Ally Award to show our appreciation," added Miller.
Tonight's reception takes place from 6-8pm. A limited number of tickets are available at the door.
For further information:
Bryn Hendricks, Public Relations
Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
416 875 2635 [email protected]