Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson of CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce to receive prestigious Easter Seals Toronto's Tribute Award

    TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - Easter Seals Ontario is proud to announce that
Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson of CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce will be
jointly honoured as the 2008 recipients of the prestigious Easter Seals
Toronto's Tribute Award. The presentation of this year's awards will take
place on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
    "Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson demonstrate a heart-felt desire to serve
children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities," said the
Honourable Brian Tobin, Past Chair of the Easter Seals Capital Campaign. "The
Toronto's Tribute Award and Gala Dinner is a way for Easter Seals kids,
families, volunteers and the entire Easter Seals organization to recognize
excellence in giving back to the community and to say thanks!"
    "For over 25 years Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson have supported Easter
Seals, including hosting the annual Easter Seals Telethon broadcast on CBC
television," said Jeff Barnes, Past Chair of the Easter Seals Board of
Directors, partner at national law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP, and chair of this
year's Toronto's Tribute Gala Dinner. Barnes added, "Congratulations and
thanks Roger and Don, for your continued support of Easter Seals kids and
their families"
    The hit comedy series, Air Farce, is wrapping up after 35 years with a
New Year's Eve special. Starting in radio and with 16 live broadcast seasons,
this "final flight" presents Easter Seals with an opportune time to honour
Roger and Don as the 2008 tributees of the Toronto's Tribute award.
    Toronto's Tribute has raised over $ 2.1 million with past honourees
including: 2007 Murilo Ferreira, President and CEO of Vale Inco Ltd. and Mr.
Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power; 2006 - The Right Honourable
Paul Martin; 2005 - Joseph J. Barnicke and David S. O'Brien, 2004 - Mayor
David Miller and 2003 - former mayor Mel Lastman. All proceeds raised from
this event go directly to helping families of children with physical
disabilities across Ontario.

    For over 85 years, Easter Seals Ontario has been helping children and
young adults with physical disabilities to address life's challenges and
achieve personal goals. Easter Seals provides financial assistance to children
and youth with physical disabilities to offset the costs of expensive mobility
and communication devices such as walkers, braces and wheelchairs, and to
provide opportunities for Easter Seals kids to attend fully accessible Easter
Seals camps or to participate in other recreational and independence-building
programs. For more information on the 2008 Toronto's Tribute Gala Dinner or to
donate, please visit

For further information:

For further information: For Sponsorship Inquiries contact: Sandra
Bellisario, Vice President, Development, (416) 421-8377 ext. 395; For more
information, please contact: Barb Saunders, (416) 421-8377 ext. 326

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