Aroni Awards

Aroni Awards

November 25, 2009 13:15 ET

Media Advisory: 4th Annual Aroni Awards Gala to Honor Individuals Dedicated to Community Service and to Inspire Youth

Minister, Deputy Mayor, Councillors and Canada's Talents Get INSPIRED!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2009) - Comedian Jay Martin will host the fourth Annual ARONI AWARDS Gala honoring individuals dedicated to community service in an evening filled with live performances and awards presentations at the historic Arcadian Court, Sunday, November 29th, 2009.

The 2009 AroniMAGE awards will be presented to Jermaine Bagnall (Media/Sports) Schools Without Borders (Organization), Big it Up (Entrepreneurship), Thando Hyman-Aman (Education), Mitzie Hunter (Community). The 2009 AroniAwards Education scholarships will be presented to Aman Y. Sultan, Troy Knights and Chante Barnwell.

Inspire 2009

Aroni Awards Gala is an evening filled with live performances, awards presentation, silent auction, and a reception in honour of the AroniAwards recipients. The historic Arcadian Courts offers a unique venue to create the perfect setting for the Aroni Awards Gala. Hon. Margarett R Best (Ontario Minister of Health Promotion), Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Councillor Adam Giambrone, and Canada's premier entertainers and the Harmony Movement have joined to bring a moving night which will feature performances by Saidah Baba Talibah, Comedians Arthur Simeon and Jean Paul, Kim Davis, Jesse Bear, Divine Brown, Guinea's Manding Foli Kan Don drummers and many more.

Our Inspiration

The Aroni Awards Gala, was created in honor of Aron Y. Haile, as he was exemplary in creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds. Aron Y. Haile, an African Canadian who died in 2003, at the young age of 30, was an accomplished student, entrepreneur, software developer, entertainment event planner, theater arts enthusiast and adventurer. His willingness to mentor, love for people, and the arts gave him an avenue to forge countless meaningful relationships while giving back to the Toronto community. In December, 2003 while on holidays from his role as a software developer at BMO, his short yet fulfilled life ended in a vehicular accident East Africa. 

In honor of Aron's legacy, the goal of the Aroni mentorship program allows marginalized youth to develop mentors in the community while learning the core fundamentals of success. The event will also hand out five AroniMAGE awards to the unsung heroes of our community who continue to work in their perspective fields, while dedicating time for community service. The AroniAwards Education Grants will be presented to three students who require financial aid for post-secondary schooling. These students show strong dedication to community service, a positive outlook and continue to persevere despite socioeconomic hardships and other obstacles. 

Event:Aroni Awards Gala
Date:Sunday, November 29th 2009
Venue:Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street (8th Floor Simpsons Tower, Toronto, Ont.)
Time:5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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