TORONTO, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ -
WHAT: The Children's Aid Foundation hosts the second annual SPARK Gala to benefit disadvantaged children and youth. Proceeds raised at this event provide youth in foster care life-changing opportunities to explore sports, arts and cultural programs crucial to personal growth and development. The event honours five Celebrity Luminaries in a spectacular Tribute Production, which highlights their remarkable success stories through song, dance, video and fashion runway segments. Mark Daniels and Andrea Weissman-Daniels founded the Ignite the Spark Fund and created the inaugural SPARK Gala last year, inspired by their own experience with their adopted daughter.
WHO: The following Luminaries pay tribute to the individuals who first ignited their inner spark:
- Legendary guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer Randy Bachman (Music Luminary)
- World Figure Skating Champion Patrick Chan (Sports Luminary)
- FASHION Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra (Fashion Luminary)
- Actress and Top Chef Canada host Lisa Ray (Entertainer Luminary)
- Acclaimed gospel, jazz and blues singer Jackie Richardson (Vocal Arts Luminary)
With musical direction by Joe Sealy, this year's Tribute Production entitled "Rhythm & Soul" dramatizes the transformative power of music in the life of a child and includes performances by Sistema Toronto with special guest artists; Toronto's renowned Faith Chorale, a duet by Jackie Richardson and her daughter Kim; a spectacular 16-dancer Bollywood number by Sanskriti Arts; and a runway segment produced by Paola Fullerton featuring the exciting creations of Montreal design house MARTIN LIM.
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2012
2:15 p.m. Tribute Production begins (Media requested to arrive for set-up at 1:50 p.m.)
3:00 p.m. Interviews with Luminaries & VIPs
WHERE: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor
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