TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - On November 1, the 28th annual Teddy Bear Affair will travel to the piazzas of Italy to raise funds for the Children's Aid Foundation. Over 1,200 guests will be treated to an incredible evening of authentic Italian cuisine, wine and entertainment with gala co-hosts Rick Campanelli and Natasha Gargiulo, plus a custom-designed menu by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani. Sponsored by CGI and CIBC, the evening will transform the Metro Toronto Convention Centre into the cobblestone streets of Italy, lined with Italian artists and an Italian-inspired fountain to celebrate the gala's Viva Italia theme.
The Teddy Bear Affair is the longest running gala in Toronto, attended by prominent members of the city's business and philanthropic communities. Proceeds from the gala will go towards improving the lives of Canada's abused and neglected children and young adults currently or formerly living in the child welfare system. Last year's event raised $2 million for Canada`s most vulnerable children and won 2014's Best Fundraising Event, awarded by Canadian Special Events.
|WHAT:||The 28th Annual Teddy Bear Affair|
|WHY:|| All funds raised will go to the Children's Aid Foundation to improve the lives of
Canada's abused and neglected children and young adults currently or
formerly living in the child welfare system.
|WHO:||Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children's Aid Foundation|
|Lynn Factor, Board Chair, Children's Aid Foundation|
|John and Rita Gagliano, Honorary chairs|
|TV personalities Rick Campanelli and Natasha Gargiulo, Gala emcees|
|Fabio Viviani, Celebrity Chef|
|Children's Aid Foundation Young People's Advisory Council members|
|WHEN:||Saturday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
|6:00 - 7:30 PM||Cocktail reception|
|WHERE:||Metro Toronto Convention Centre|
|222 Bremner Blvd|
|South Building, Halls F&G - check in at Media Desk|
About the Children's Aid Foundation
An astonishing number of children in Canada are at risk and need our help. Many suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse and neglect. A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a residential facility. The mission of the Children's Aid Foundation is to fund programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future. With the support of generous donors, the Children's Aid Foundation works with child welfare agencies across Canada to provide funding for programs and services in the areas of prevention, education, enrichment, healing and recovery. Learn more at www.cafdn.org .
SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
For further information:
Lisa Lipkin Communications
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