David Foster announces TELUS as significant sponsor, tickets on sale March 1, 2012

and Josh Groban added to star-studded line up of entertainers


Feb. 23, 2012, Victoria, BC – The David Foster Foundation is pleased to announce that TELUS is now the marquee sponsor of the foundation’s May 25 – 27, 2012 Miracle Concert and Gala Weekend in Victoria as it celebrates its 25th anniversary year.


“TELUS is pleased to support the exceptional work being done by the David Foster Foundation and we are proud of their tireless efforts to assist organ recipient families at a time when it is needed most,” said Mel Cooper, Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board. “For 25 years, the David Foster Foundation has helped more than 700 families across Canada. Together, we will continue to support transplant recipients and their families and raise awareness of the importance of organ donation in Canada.”


In addition to the TELUS sponsorship announcement, David Foster, 16-time Grammy Award winner and chair of the foundation – via Skype – announced that concert single ticket sales for the 25thAnniversary Miracle Concert & Gala will go on sale one week from today on Thursday, March 1, 2012.


“I am so excited to be coming back home to Victoria-my hometown,” said Foster. “To be able to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Victoria community who supported the foundation from the very beginning is a thrill for me.”


Foster announced Josh Groban, Kenny G and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard to the growing list of entertainers who will join him May 26, 2012 for the Miracle Concert at Save on Foods Memorial Centre.  In August 2011, the

Canadian Tenors were named as the first act on board for this once-in-a-lifetime concert.  In addition to the musical entertainers, Foster announced that the original three friends who were with him at the start of the Foundation would attend the event as well; Rob Lowe, Alan Thicke and Wayne Gretzky.


Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 1 at noon through Select Your Tickets at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre box office, by phone at 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. Ticket prices range from $75, $125 and a limited number of $250 VIP seats and are subject to applicable taxes and service charges.


For those wishing to take part in the full weekend experience, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is offeringGrand Opening Gala Packages, available for purchase for CDN $5,000 per person, based on double occupancy and a three-day, two-night stay. Weekend guests will be treated to a private Friday night concert in the David Foster Foundation Theatre, opportunities to mix, mingle and dine with celebrity guests, full complimentary access to all of the hotel’s amenities and attendance at a spectacular dinner with VIP seating for the David Foster Foundation 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert & Gala. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from these packages will go to the David Foster Foundation.


About the David Foster Foundation

The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. In addition to helping families with their non-medical expenses, the foundation strives to increase organ donor registration through public awareness campaigns in Canada and the United States. For more information, visitwww.davidfosterfoundation.com





TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 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 $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada 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. For more information about TELUS in our community, please visit www.telus.com/community.




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Note to editors: High resolution photos of David Foster, Josh Groban, Kenny G, the Canadian Tenors and Ruben Studdard are available.


Media Contacts:

Kathy Baan, David Foster Foundation: 250-475-1223, 250-893-0424 (cell) orkbaan@davidfosterfoundation.com

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