Swing Era Celebrated at the 2009 Teddy Bear Affair

    Canadian crooner Matt Dusk brings Big Band music back to Toronto's social
    scene in support of the Children's Aid Foundation

TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Guests of the 23rd Annual Teddy Bear Affair hosted by the Children's Aid Foundation (www.cafdn.org) will be transported to an era when swing was in and the cool cat sounds of Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby brought ballrooms and nightclubs to life.

Known as one of the most anticipated social events of the season, more than 800 guests will fill the ballroom at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, November 14th. In its 22-year history, the Teddy Bear Affair has raised over $17 million with 100 per cent of the proceeds directly funding programs that support abused and neglected children and youth across the country.

"We are thrilled at the support and commitment our donors and guests continue to provide each and every year," said Ann Barnard Ball, Executive Director of the Children's Aid Foundation. "Their generosity has made a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and youth in Canada. This year's Big Band theme reminiscent of the 1940's when swing music reigned supreme, promises an elegant evening of unforgettable entertainment, outstanding food and spectacular auction items and prizes."

Hosted by CityTV Breakfast Television personalities Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish, the evening will feature a performance by Canadian crooner Matt Dusk, a live and silent auction, and a raffle for Tiffany & Co. jewellery valued over $24,000.

    WHAT:  The 23rd Annual Teddy Bear Affair, in support of the Children's
           Aid Foundation
    WHEN:  Saturday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m.
    WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Halls F&G

To purchase tickets, visit www.cafdn.org.

The Foundation would like to thank its patron sponsors, CGI Canada and CIBC Children's Foundation for their continued dedication to this important event in support of children in need across Canada.

About the Children's Aid Foundation

Founded in 1979, the Children's Aid Foundation is a national charity dedicated to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at risk children in Canada. The Foundation works with child welfare agencies across the country to fund prevention, enrichment and education programming. This year marks the Foundation's 30th anniversary. During the last 30 years, the Foundation has raised over $100 million and helped more than 1 million children and youth.

The Children's Aid Foundation has a limited number of free media passes for those interested in covering the event.

SOURCE Children's Aid Foundation

For further information: For further information: Saskia Brussaard, Phone: (416) 850-3519, Email saskiab@interkom.ca

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