DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

March 03, 2008 09:04 ET

Boxing Legend George Chuvalo and Soulpepper Founder Albert Schultz to Receive 2008 DareArts Cultural Award

Two Canadian "Heavyweights" Honoured For Their Work In Helping Kids at Risk

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - The DareArts Foundation is pleased to announce that its 2008 Cultural Award will be presented to George Chuvalo and Albert Schulz at its 2008 Leadership Awards ceremonies and gala fundraiser to be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 6:00 pm at the Fermenting Cellar in The Distillery District, Toronto.

George Chuvalo lost three sons and his wife as a result of substance abuse. Today, he travels across North America to bring tell youth about what happens to a family when one of its members uses drugs. His graphic recollection of events and his expressive nature enable him to convey his powerful message. His presentations are in demand from coast to coast, always stating one fact: addicts always begin with experimentation. He invites the listener into his private life with the hopes of reaching those who are at risk, and leaves the youth with a message of hope. Chuvalo has made anti-drug presentations to over 1,000 schools, detention centres and parent groups. In 1998, Chuvalo received the Order of Canada in recognition of his dedication to Canada's youth.

Albert Schultz is an actor and the founding Artistic Director of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company. Celebrating 10 years of enriching our community, North America's only year-round repertory company combines classical theatre, mentorship and training to inspire a new generation of artists and cultural leaders, while building an audience for the future of the arts. Under Schultz's leadership, Soulpepper has produced nearly 70 productions, launched its Academy for the training of actors, built a new theatre, established a partnership with neighborhood education programs, including DareArts, and developed a strong youth outreach initiative. Schultz has received numerous awards including two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction as well as four Lieutenant Governor's Awards. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Summit and a member of the Artistic Advisory for Luminato.

Past recipients of the DareArts Cultural Award have included General R.J. Hillier, Madame Aline Chretien, the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Robert Gillespie and Sonja and Tom Bata.

Also being awarded that evening will be six DareArts Leadership Awards that encourage at risk teens "to stay the course" away from guns and gangs. Now in secondary school, these teens are graduates of the DareArts education program and are setting positive paths for themselves and others. They are becoming the kind of Canadian citizens of whom we can all be proud.

"DareArts Foundation has helped more than 120,000 Canadian children find their potential by using arts education to motivate a lifelong pursuit of excellence," said Richard Patina, President of Lombard Insurance. "In honouring Mr. Chuvalo and Mr. Schulz through the DareArts Cultural Award, we are proud to be encouraging children to develop the self-confidence, discipline and leadership skills that will help them find their way though the tough teenage years while setting a model for others."

Presenting Event Sponsors are Guy Carpenter, Lombard Insurance and Scotiabank. Other key sponsors are BMO Bank of Montreal, CIBC, HKMB-HUB International, TD Financial Group and Trillium Foundation.

DareArts is a not-for-profit organization whose arts education empowers children to become leaders. DareArts' unique programs work with at risk 9-14 year olds in both 'inner city' and rural areas, including multiple Toronto Mega City areas. The children explore world cultures while they themselves paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write, act and create, guided by arts professionals. The children gain leadership skills by returning to their schools and teaching their classmates what they have learned. Celebrating its 12th year, DareArts influences over 120,000 Canadian children annually. For more information, please visit www.darearts.com.

Contact Information

  • DAREarts Foundation
    Marilyn Field, MSM
    Founder & President
    1-888-540-ARTS or (905) 729-0097
    Email: mfield@darearts.com
    DAREarts Foundation
    Alison Postma
    Director of Communications
    1-888-540-ARTS or (905) 729-0097
    Website: www.darearts.com