Uniti Charity Auction Brings Together Designers and Celebrities in Support of
Red Door Family Shelter

Collection on view and for bid at Uniti.ca, November 12 to 26, 2009

TORONTO, Nov. 4 /CNW/ - From organic, elaborate, stacking rings to clean modernist bracelets, 18Karat Goldsmiths announced today it is launching the Uniti Collection, for auction as a fundraiser to make a difference in the lives of families escaping domestic violence or experiencing a housing crisis.

18Karat paired jewellery designers with Canadian celebrities for the Uniti Charity Auction, to create jewellery to be auctioned November 12 to 26, in support of the Red Door Family shelter.

18Karat approached Canadian jewellery designers and celebrities and asked them if they could collaborate to create a piece of jewellery that aesthetically expresses the meaning of home, family and community. The Uniti Collection will be available for in-person viewing at 18Karat during the auction period, November 12 to 26, 2009 or at www.uniti.ca

"Family homelessness and domestic violence is a cause that resonates among all," explained Dino Giannetti, master goldsmith and co-owner of 18Karat. "Creating the Uniti Collection and collaborating with so many artists in support of the Red Door Family Shelter has been a wonderful experience, and an opportunity for us all to give to the community in a unique way."

Celebrities rallying their time and inspiration to developing the Uniti Collection include:

    -   Alexandra Weston and the Weston Family, fashion icons
    -   World Figure Skating Champion, Elvis Stojko
    -   Actors Gordon and Leah Pinsent
    -   Breakfast Television hosts Dina Pugliese and Jennifer Valentyne
    -   Singer-song writer Justin Hines
    -   Jonas Chernick and Athena Karkanis, stars of CBC TV's The Border
    -   Country music star Aaron Pritchett
    -   Degrassi: The Next Generation stars Raymond Ablack and Paula Brancati

"We are heartened by the outpour of support we are receiving from 18Karat, the designers and celebrities, to help the Red Door Family Shelter and our families," explained Bernnitta Hawkins, executive director of the Red Door. "Funds raised from the Uniti Charity Auction will help the Red Door to provide shelter to families who don't have a roof over their head or escaping a violent situation, and we are beholden to everyone for their support."

Jewellery was co-created by the following designers: Meghan Schnarr; Amy Kovach; Kim Drosdick; Samatha Hawkes; Dino Giannetti; Therese Cruz; Vanessa Laurin; Darlene Martin; Suzanne Crudden; Alisha Boyd; Jenny Bird; and Shelly Purdy.

To preview any of the jewellery, visit uniti.ca or 18Karat Goldsmiths at 275 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

For more information about the Red Door Family Shelter, visit www.reddoorshelter.ca


For further information: For further information: For more images or to arrange interviews, contact: Mary-Margaret Jones, marymargaret@punchcanada.com, (416) 360-6522 ext. 241

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