Fundraising Gala roars into its 26th year, in support of the Children's Aid Foundation
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - On Saturday, November 10, 2012, Toronto's 'who's-who' will revel in the decadence of 1920s Paris at the 26th Annual Teddy Bear Affair to raise funds for the Children's Aid Foundation. Sponsored by CGI and CIBC, the highly anticipated black-tie gala will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which will become the scene of Parisian opulence in the Roaring Twenties in accordance with this year's theme, Les Années Folles. The evening will begin with cocktails in a City of Lights streetscape, complete with strolling musicians, before moving into an elegant nightclub setting for a gourmet dinner designed by internationally celebrated Chef Jamie Kennedy and wines selected by Tony Aspler.
The Teddy Bear Affair is recognized as one of Toronto's most important annual events, drawing in the city's philanthropic and business elite to raise substantial dollars each year in support of Canada's most vulnerable children and youth. The programs and initiatives funded by the Children's Aid Foundation give hope for a better future to young people who have suffered the traumatic effects of poverty, abuse, and neglect and who are involved with the child welfare system. Since its inception in 1976, the Children's Aid Foundation has raised over $100 million to fund innovative programs across the country.
"For 26 years, the Teddy Bear Affair has provided Toronto's leading philanthropists and business people with an opportunity to come together in support of the thousands of young people throughout our nation who struggle daily to find hope for a better life," said Joe Canavan, Interim CEO and Board Chair of the Children's Aid Foundation. "This extraordinary event has raised millions of dollars toward the many critical programs funded by the Children's Aid Foundation, all of which open doors to opportunity and success for Canada's disadvantaged children and youth."
Media are invited to attend.
What: The 26th Annual Teddy Bear Affair
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - cocktails at 6p.m., dinner and show at 7:30p.m.
Performance by Glass Tiger at 11p.m.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Who: Toronto 'who's-who' performers, including Glass Tiger; menu by Chef Jamie Kennedy and wines by Tony Aspler
Why: To raise funds for the Children's Aid Foundation in support of vulnerable children and youth across Canada.
Over 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event, which promises to be truly unforgettable. Jamie Kennedy's stunning menu will be accompanied by French wines specially selected for pairing by Tony Aspler, and themed entertainment by sultry songstress Lyne Tremblay will underscore the evening's atmosphere. The popular live and silent auctions will return with offerings of luxury getaways, fine home décor items, and extraordinary experiences, and the evening will close with a special performance by the JUNO award-winning rock band Glass Tiger.
This year's honorary chairs are Noella and Chris Milne, influential community leaders and steadfast supporters of Canada's disadvantaged children and youth. For over 20 years, they have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of countless young people through their unwavering dedication to the Children's Aid Foundation. It is the Foundation's great pleasure to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate their transformative support at this year's Teddy Bear Affair.
"CIBC is proud to support the Children's Aid Foundation and their annual gala, the Teddy Bear Affair," says Richard Nesbitt, Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC. "Every year we host CIBC Miracle Day where participating Wholesale Banking and CIBC Wood Gundy employees and clients donate their fees and commissions to charities, such as the Children's Aid Foundation that support children in need across the country. I am proud that CIBC can help support the valuable work done by the Children's Aid Foundation so that we can help make a difference in the lives of so many children."
"Contributing to the Children's Aid Foundation is part of our commitment at CGI to improving the communities where we live and work," said Doug McCuaig, President, Canada, CGI. "We are proud of the investment that we have made to improve the welfare of children and youth in need through our partnership with the Foundation."
The Children's Aid Foundation's 26th Annual Teddy Bear Affair takes place Saturday, November 10, starting at 6:00p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building. For more information, please visit www.teddybearaffair.ca.
About the Children's Aid Foundation
The numbers are shocking: 76,000 kids across the nation live in foster homes or residential facilities. Their parents have been absent physically or emotionally, and they have witnessed violence, sexual and drug abuse, and insurmountable poverty from infancy.
The young people we serve have never been given a chance to believe in themselves, and they have led lives that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. The programs funded by the Children's Aid Foundation give hope where none would otherwise exist. We bridge the gap between what the government is able to provide and what these children need to heal and become healthy adults.
Working with child welfare agencies across the country, including the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Jewish Family and Child, and the Children Welfare League of Canada, we fund Canada's most innovative programs and services in the following areas:
- Prevention programs that aim to develop healthy families and strengthen communities
- Education programs that support promising futures by keeping kids in school
- Enrichment programs that help children and youth build skills, confidence, and character
Visit www.cafdn.org for more information.
SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
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Media, for more details, to request images or to attend the event, please contact: Candice Best | [email protected] | 416.525.1332