Fort York Food Bank
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What's Happening @ FYFB
TTC Blitz Raises $25,000
On Wednesday, May 2nd more than 50 volunteers poured into 11 downtown subway stations to collect change from commuters. Volunteer teams were on hand from many of Toronto's leading law firms, including Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Yonge/Bloor), Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (St. Patrick), Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (College), Goodmans LLP (King), Heenan Blaikie LLP (Dundas), Lerners LLP (Osgoode), McCarthy Tétrault LLP (St. Andrew), Norton Rose Canada (Queen's Park), Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Union), Torys LLP (Queen) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.
(L to R, FYFB director Chris Murphy; Toronto City Counselor Mike Layton; articling student volunteers from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP: Carla Nawrocki, Andrea Linden and Gillian Muirhead)
A grand total of approximately $25,000 was raised to help FYFB feed the hungry. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP raised the most funds of the participating law firms, each raising approximately $4,500 in the event through a combination of subway station collections and internal firm solicitations. "It was a creative and engaging opportunity to help those in need," said Frances Mahil, Director, Student Affairs at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Gail Wong, Director of Student Programs at McCarthy Tétrault LLP added, "Each year our student volunteers have fun supporting this great local cause. We are proud to continue to support FYFB."
A huge FYFB thank you goes out to all the volunteers and donors. We are overwhelmed by your generosity!
HOPE Volleyball Tournament Raises Funds for FYFB
FYFB was pleased to be selected as a sponsored charity for the annual HOPE volleyball tournament on Saturday, June 16th on Toronto Island.
The HOPE event was organized by a volunteer executive team with the support of dozens of other volunteers on the event day. FYFB volunteers were also involved through the event preparation and on the day itself. In particular, we would like to thank RBC's Client Knowledge & Insights department, the Pacer's Care group and UofT's Duke of Edinburgh club for organizing volunteer teams. The tournament was an incredible success, with approximately 200 teams playing and thousands of people participating or viewing games over the day. In addition, funds were raised to support FYFB through both a silent and live auction. We thank the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Highland Gate Golf Club, Hinterbrook Winery, Hudson's Bay Company and Autoshare for donating prizes for these auctions. It was an honour for FYFB to work with the dedicated HOPE organizers and we had a wonderful day on the Island with them.
Further information on HOPE and pictures of the event can be found on HOPE's website at hopevolleyball.com.
FYFB is excited to be holding its annual bowl-a-thon event at a new downtown location, The Ballroom, the evening of October 9th.
The Ballroom is centrally located centrally at 145 John Street in Toronto's entertainment district. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a lane for the evening. Exciting details to follow!
Queen West Art Crawl
FYFB will once again be participating in the Queen West Art Crawl that takes place at Trinity Bellwoods Park on September 15th and 16th. FYFB has participated every year since 2006, using the opportunity to connect with our neighbours and raise funds through a silent auction.
Interview with Linda Arthurs, Artist and Supporter of FYFB
Toronto-based artist Linda Arthurs has been donating her brilliantly hued paintings to FYFB for sale at the Queen West Art Crawl for years. We recently sat down with Linda to catch up with her about her art, life and what inspires her. Here is what she had to say.
"I am 62 years old, and have been intrigued by art since I was very young. When I was six years old, I would frequent the studio of a neighborhood painter and watch him work. I found out much later that he was one of the Group of Seven!
After having children, I found myself painting less and less. When my first born son, Dennis, was killed at 16 years of age, it all but destroyed me, and I turned back to painting as an outlet to cope with my grief. From that point forward, I promised to only paint what I perceive to be beautiful things, with the goal of bringing happiness to people through my paintings. Dennis was a talented painter and it is my homage to him." Check out Linda at musingart.blogspot.ca.
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