DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

February 19, 2010 07:00 ET

A DARE Affair-An Evening to Benefit the DAREarts Foundation in Empowering At-Risk Children

February 19, 2010, Empire Restaurant & Lounge, Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - Announcing the inaugural DARE Affair - an evening on the town for young, urban professionals in benefit of DAREarts with special guests, including dance legend Rex Harrington.

A DARE Affair Co-Chairs Kara Kennedy and Christine Somera want young professionals like themselves to support a great cause and have a great night out at the same time. Co-founders of a DARE Affair, they have been involved individually in charitable causes in the past, but decided to combine forces to raise money and awareness for an organization they strongly believe in. "We truly can make a difference, even in a small way" said Christine Somera, a paralegal with the Department of Justice. Influenced at an early age by her family's work with a children's orphanage in the Philippines, Somera believes social responsibility is everyone's responsibility. Kara Kennedy's recent experience as a new mother has sensitized her to the increasing incidents of violence, drugs and guns in schools. The marketing manager has focused her energy on not only raising money - but raising awareness about DAREarts, which provides an alternative solution to at-risk children.

The evening will combine a high-voltage entertainment factor with performances by past finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada together with musical entertainment and guest celebrity MC Rex Harrington plus a dose of social awareness through information about and by the DAREarts kids.

All proceeds from the event go to the DAREarts Foundation giving more at-risk children the opportunity to choose positive alternatives to violence, crime and drugs while building self-esteem and leadership skills through arts education.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online:

Event Information:
When: Friday, February 19, 2010, 7:30
Where: Empire Restaurant & Lounge
50 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Dress: Urban chic
Tickets: $50

The evening includes:
- Performances by So You Think You Can Dance top 20 finalists Melanie
Mah, Cody Bonnell and Caroline Tort
- Performance by singing sensation Roveena who performed on Breakfast
Television after her YouTube video was discovered, and up and comer
Cameron Watt
- Absolut Flavoured Vodka bar offering complimentary drinks
- DJ entertainment and dancing
- Silent auction with original photos from DAREarts students as well as
other photography, paintings, jewellery and much, much more...

About DAREarts: Discipline, Action and Responsibility in Education.

Since inception 14 years ago, DAREarts has introduced over 130,000 at-risk children to the arts with a five-year program that complements Canadian elementary schools. The program partners with world renowned musicians, artists, dancers and groups such as the National Ballet School, The Shaw Festival and the A.G.O. The children visit concert halls, museums and rehearsal studios and participate in 'hands on' activities where they themselves act, sing, dance, write and paint. Then, most importantly, share what they've learned with their own school classmates.

"At risk" students are viewed as students whose socioeconomic and environmental conditions may put a child's development in school at risk. Such children face a higher degree of negative influences which affects their decision making, yet after school program funding has decreased. Programs like DAREarts are needed now more then ever! For more information on DAREarts please visit: www.darearts.com.

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