David Foster announces date for annual fundraising gala

An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Friends – Dec. 5, 2013 in Toronto


What: David Foster is coming back to Toronto this Dec. 5, 2013, and is pleased to announce that world renowned Andrea Bocelli and the Juno Award-winning Tenors are among the first artists to be confirmed to perform at the Toronto Gala.

Why: The event will raise funds for the David Foster Foundation, which was started in 1986 to support the non-medical expenses for families of children undergoing lifesaving organ transplants and to raise awareness on the importance of organ donor registration throughout Canada.

When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Presenting Sponsor: TELUS

Where: The Historic Automotive Building, Canada National Exhibition, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

Tickets on sale date: Sept. 1, 2013

More information may be found atwww.davidfosterfoundation.com


Additional information:

  • Canada’s first lady, Laureen Harper will serve as honourary chair for this year’s Toronto Gala event.
  • David will be announcing additional entertainers during the coming months leading up to the gala.
  • The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 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 an average of $10,000 per year up to $100,000.
  • Each year David reaches out to his international network of talented friends to create an unforgettable evening of entertainment and help him raise funds and awareness for families waiting for organ transplants.
  • To date, TELUS has donated nearly $2 million to the David Foster Foundation. These funds are directed toward family financial support – the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants.
  • In April 2012, TELUS and the David Foster Foundation launched www.DaysinWait.com. Days-in-Wait is a resource for Canadians to access information about their provincial organ donation registry, and learn more about the organ donation.


About David Foster and his Foundation

David Foster, a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 46 time nominee and 16 time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), 3 time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, 7 time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and the distinguished honor to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with over half a billion records sold.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, and Aird & Berlis, LLP families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant. The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.


About TELUS:

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 712,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.


For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com.



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