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Photo: Stars come out for 20th anniversary fundraising gala, Sept. 10

Strombo and Russell Peters to toast Suzuki

TORONTO — Some of Canada's best known celebrities, musicians and athletes will walk down the "green carpet" in September to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. David Suzuki.

Comedian Russell Peters and broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos will act as co-hosts for a fundraising gala that promises to be filled with laughs, music, and tributes to Dr. Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation.

"As a board member and as a life-long fan, I am really excited to be there with David," says Stroumboulopoulos. "He is an icon because he is a brave and inspiring figure for all generations."

Russell Peters George Stroumboulopoulos Susur Lee

The special eco-friendly gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, September 10th in honour of the 20th anniversary of the David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada's leading environmental organizations.

"I'm really looking forward to co-hosting the gala," says Peters. "I grew up watching David Suzuki and have a lot of respect for him. It also makes me feel less guilty for driving a V10, a V12, and a couple of V8's around LA these days."

Celebrity Chef Susur Lee will serve up a specially prepared locavore menu featuring local grown and organic foods.

"I'm honoured to be the chef for this 'green gala'," says Lee, a passionate supporter of provincial growers and suppliers, who often sources his ingredients at the Ontario Food Terminal. "I strongly believe in the Suzuki Foundation's push to have more locally produced food on the plates of Canadians."

TIFF is a proud supporter of the gala and has announced that Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie will have its world premiere at TIFF on September 11. The documentary is the first film about Dr. Suzuki's life and is produced by Entertainment One in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.

"I am very proud of the role the David Suzuki Foundation has played in a variety of environmental issues in Canada and other parts of the world," says Suzuki. "It's an organization whose continued efforts will become all the more important in the coming years."

For more information about the Gala and to purchase tickets, please go to legacygala.ca.

For more information, contact:
Leanne Clare,
Specialist, Ottawa,
David Suzuki Foundation
Tel: 613-286-0182
Email: lclare@davidsuzuki.org

Setting the green standard — A big gala with a little footprint

The David Suzuki Foundation's eco-friendly fundraising gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday September 10th in honour of the organization's 20th anniversary. The event will set the green standard for event- planning by thoughtfully choosing sustainable sources for the evening's food, drink, gifts and power.

LOCAVORE FOOD: Celebrity Chef Susur Lee will serve up a specially prepared locavore menu, featuring local grown and organic foods.

GREEN DRINKS: The evening's wine will be provided by Stratus Vineyards, Ontario's greenest winemakers and the first winery in the world to receive LEED certification for sustainable design.

SUSTAINABLE FIBRES: All paper associated with the event will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Canada's gold standard for sustainable paper and wood products.

GREEN POWER: Bullfrog Power will provide clean, green renewable power for the event.

CARBON NEUTRAL: The entire event will be carbon neutral, with carbon credits purchased to offset the entire event's carbon footprint, including all flights and the Toyota hybrid cars used for transportation within the city.

GIFTS: The evening's live auction will include a chance to bid on ecotourism adventures, naming rights for a newfound species of wild bee, original nature artwork by Robert Bateman, and a chance to have David Suzuki visit your child's school.

For more information about the Gala and to purchase tickets please go to legacygala.ca

August 23, 2010

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