Media Advisory - Buzz Hargrove Tribute Dinner to Raise Funds for Homeless Youth

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - A tribute dinner in honour of CAW President Buzz
Hargrove that will raise funds to help homeless youth at Eva's Initiatives in
Toronto will be held on Wednesday, June 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention
    Political, labour and business leaders of all stripes are expected to
attend the dinner with the hopes of raising millions of dollars on behalf of
homeless youth.
    A selection of attendees will include Magna founder and board chairman
Frank Stronach, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, former Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer,
Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, Onex founder and Onex founder and head Gerry
Schwartz and others.
    Former CAW and CLC President Bob White and former Ontario Premier Bill
Davis are masters of ceremonies. More than 1500 guests from across Canada are
expected to attend the event.
    The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. on June 11 at the South Building of the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd. in Toronto.
    A tireless advocate for social justice, Hargrove, as CAW president, has
continued to support Eva's Initiatives for nearly 10 years. Eva's is an
organization that assists homeless youth move off the streets permanently by
providing life skills, job training and accommodation for at-risk youth in the
Toronto area.
    Eva's Phoenix is an innovative and award-winning transitional housing and
employment training facility where 50 youth can live for up to one year.
Partnership-based skills training programs help homeless and at risk youth
secure stable employment in jobs with potential for long-term careers.
Innovative programs at Phoenix include: Mentorship, the Buzz Hargrove Training
Supports Program, Employment Supports, Housing Supports, The Print Shop and
Technology Training Program.
    The existing Eva's Phoenix facility can no longer house these growing
programs. Youth training, employment and housing supports, mentorship and the
Buzz Hargrove Training Supports Program are what youth need to rebuild their
lives. Funds raised at the Buzz Hargrove Tribute Dinner will make this

    About Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth

    Since 1994, Eva's Initiatives has been working with homeless and at-risk
youth, ages 16 to 24, to get them off the streets permanently. Eva's operates
three shelters in the Greater Toronto Area that house 122 youth each night.
Its shelters provide homeless youth with emergency and transitional housing,
harm reduction services to address drug and alcohol use, counselling,
employment and training programs, housing support and services to reconnect
youth with their families. Each year, Eva's helps over 2,300 homeless and
at-risk youth to get off the street, find housing and community supports, and
begin to rebuild their futures. For more information, visit
    Media are welcome to attend, but need to register by emailing

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; or Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311

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