What: David Foster will be in Victoria to officially open the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and will then join Mayor Fortin at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour for an update on plans for David Foster Way.

Why:

The owners of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Kevin & Shawna Walker, have pledged a 10-year, $2M commitment to the David Foster Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to events in the David Foster Foundation Theatre will benefit the Foundation, helping the families of children awaiting major organ transplants

In 2012, during the David Foster Foundation Miracle Weekend that celebrated the foundation’s 25th anniversary, the City of Victoria honoured David Foster for his contributions to Canada’s arts and culture with the naming of its Inner Harbour waterfront pathway, David Foster Way.

When: Friday, May 3, 2013

1 p.m.                      David Foster Foundation Theatre opening

2:15 p.m.              David Foster Way update

Where:

David Foster Foundation Theatre, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive

Ship Point, Inner Harbour, 950 Wharf Street

Available for interviews:

David Foster Foundation Theatre

  • David Foster, Chairman, David Foster Foundation
  • Mike Ravenhill, CEO, David Foster Foundation
  • Kevin & Shawna Walker, owners, Oak Bay Beach Hotel
  • Tamara & Evanne Fisher, transplant mother and recipient

David Foster Way

  • David Foster, Chairman, David Foster Foundation
  • Mike Ravenhill, CEO, David Foster Foundation
  • Mayor Fortin, City of Victoria

Additional information:

The David Foster Foundation

  • The David Foster Foundation has assisted close to 800 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support.
  • In 2012, 346 Canadians died while waiting for a donor organ and 4,529 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
  • The David Foster Foundation wants to improve the outcomes for children who are fighting for their lives and ease the immense financial burden experienced by their families. The Foundation’s financial commitment to families ranges from $200 up to $100,000.

David Foster Foundation Theatre

  • A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to events in the David Foster Foundation Theatre will benefit the David Foster Foundation, helping the families of children awaiting major organ transplants
  • The owners of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Kevin & Shawna Walker, have pledged a 10-year, $2M commitment to the Foundation.
  • Carrying forward the hotel’s long-standing tradition of supporting the local Victoria, BC arts scene, the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a premier venue decorated in elegant style with chandeliers, sapele mahogany paneling, a full stage for live entertainment and a large screen and projector for feature films.
  • While enjoying the show, guests will indulge in a delectable three-course dinner highlighting the best local ingredients of the West Coast’s land and sea accompanied by wine suggestions from the sommelier.
  • Seating up to 160 guests in banquet-style or 300 guests at a cocktail reception, the theatre can also be reserved for private parties and occasions.

 

David Foster Way

  • In 2012, the City of Victoria honoured David Foster for his contributions to Canada’s arts and culture with the naming of its Inner Harbour waterfront pathway, David Foster Way.
  • More than five kilometres in length, once complete, David Foster Way will be one of the longest, named pedestrian and cycling harbour pathways in North America connecting Ogden Point to Rock Bay.
  • Located in the heart of Victoria, the waterfront pathway showcases special places such as Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Legislative Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Fairmont Empress and Ship Point. The pathway will eventually include Barclay Point, and north through the new Johnson Street Bridge which is currently in development.

 

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Media Contacts:

Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-896-3844 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca

Katie Josephson, City of Victoria: 250-361-0210, 250-217-8343 (cell) or kjosephson@victoria.ca