Universal Youth Foundation

Universal Youth Foundation

August 05, 2005 07:00 ET


INAUGURAL GALA FEATURING MISS UNIVERSE, TEAMS TONIGHT Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2005) - A cross-Atlantic soccer match between Canadian and Italian Parliamentarians ended with a score of 7 to 1 in favour of the Italians and a win for world youth. Team Canada made a valiant effort, scoring the first goal of the game. Taking place at the Centennial Stadium in Toronto, the soccer match was in support of the new Universal Youth Foundation (www.universalyouthfoundation.com). Founded by philanthropist, Mario Cortellucci, the non-profit organization is committed to providing educational assistance to children and youth in need throughout the world by funding schools and teachers. In addition to elected officials, players included Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer, Robert Iarusci and the Coach of the Italian National Women's Soccer Team, Carolina Morace.

"It was a pleasure to play in support of the Universal Youth Foundation here in Canada, a country rich in diversity, compassion and the warm-heartedness of its people. My teammates and I look forward to celebrating our great Canadian experiences tonight at the Gala hosted by the Foundation. I would like to congratulate Mario Cortellucci and the Universal Youth Foundation for taking the important intiative to provide hope for world youth through education," stated Senatore Roberto Salerno, Captain of the Nazionale Parlamentari Italiana Soccer Team.

The inaugural Gala of the Universal Youth Foundation will take place tonight at the Renaissance Parque Convention Centre in Vaughan, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Under the theme, "Back to School for Children who don't have Schools," the event will raise funds for Foundation. The Gala, which experienced an overwhelming response of generosity from the public, will feature Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova and blind performing artist Simone Soman, renown for her dynamic and energizing repertoire.

/For further information: To make a donation to the Universal Youth Foundation, please call (905) 326-9732 or visit the organization's website at www.universalyouthfoundation.org.

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