PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program

PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program

September 22, 2009 08:46 ET

Evening of urban peace in Toronto to inspire cities around the world

Event will transform the night with magic, music, dance, and a demonstration of challenge, hope and resolve. Ballet and hip hop dancers juxtaposed with images of economic and social challenges.

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO/MEDIA INVITE--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - World-class magicians, dancers, gospel singers and youth choirs will blow the doors off Toronto with a fundraising event like none before this Wednesday, September 23rd. The stirring evening, called "The Power of One," will inspire the city and the world towards urban peace. It will also underscore the major role for the business community in fighting youth crime and building peace.

The night will be an experience of sights and sounds of youth showcasing skills and passions, illustrating how the power of one choice can encourage and inspire youth to avoid a life of crime and violence.

The theme, Power of One, is an action plan for urban peace. It starts as one act of kindness that creates a ripple effect across the community and grows into the power of many across generations.

An experience of sight, sound and taste:
* Ballet and hip hop dancers juxtaposed with images of economic and social challenges and films made by youth in conflict with the law.
* Baldini, Man of Magical Mystery will will perform tricks and discuss the challenges faced by youth who run afoul of the law.
* Three live youth choirs will descend on the night with candles ablaze.
* A showcase of environmental and culinary life-skills programs for youth in conflict with the law.
* Cocktails, gourmet food stations, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment.

About PACT
PACT (PARTICIPATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT COMMITMENT TRANSFORMATION) is a charity run by Toronto "social entrepreneurs" that builds urban peace in partnership with the courts and schools. It empowers, supports and encourages troubled and at-risk youth to reach their full potential in life. PACT's solution for peace in the GTA urban community includes restorative justice mediation, life-plan coaching for high risk youth and life-skills projects for youth in the courts and schools. All net proceeds will go to several PACT programs that support at-risk youth and enhance the social infrastructure of the city through the courts and schools.

What: "The Power of One" - an evening in support of urban peace.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 6pm -- 11pm (Media Showcase from 8-9 PM)

Where: CiRCA nightclub at 126 John Street, in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District,

Media: On-site passes and interview requests can be arranged through Terance Brouse, (647) 274-5249

Jeff Wong: Celebrity choreographer to the stars and his amazing hip hop and contemporary dancers
Vocal Horizon's Chamber Choir
Toronto Mass Choir:
Toronto City Mission Choir:
Baldini: Man of Magical Mystery and director of the PACTMagic program
Stevie Gee: Jazzy golden era singer overcast with a touch of modern soul.
Carson: Jazz saxophonist
Paula Griffith, Gospel Singer


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