Peacebuilders International (Canada)

Peacebuilders International (Canada)

May 06, 2009 12:02 ET

Peacebuilders International (Canada): "Spring for Peace" and Support Toronto's Youth

6th Annual Event Targets Reducing Violence and Building a Stronger Community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - Peacebuilders International (Canada) is proud to announce its 6th Annual "Spring for Peace" fundraising event on May 7th in support of their pioneering initiative to reduce conflict and violence among the youth community of Toronto. The event is presented by Paliare Roland LLP and will be held at Steam Whistle Brewing's Roundhouse in the heart of the city. Peacebuilders is a registered charity that works to improve the lives of youth negatively impacted by issues such as poverty, violence, and mental health challenges - engaging them in circle dialogues to honestly address the issues, to help them to feel valued, safe and connected to society and to see hope and opportunity in their futures.

Last year "Spring for Peace" raised over $130,000 with over 450 in attendance. This year, Peacebuilders is expecting more than 600 attendees including prominent community leaders, young professionals, business executives, and a host of committed members of Toronto's legal community. The evening will feature both a silent and live auction including "one of kind" items as well as a separate fine wines auction. The face of CTV Sports, Rod Black will be Master of Ceremonies. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Toronto's own jazz pianist Ron Davis featuring music from 2008's The Bestseller (www.rondavismusic.com). Younger patrons will enjoy the "Spring for Peace After Party" beginning at 9:30pm featuring music by Blues in D, former Canadian Idol contestant Mookie Morris and Team Canada DJs Grandtheft and D R One. Notable guests and patrons include Jeannie Becker, Premier ballerina Sonia Rodriguez, and Much Music VJ Devon Soltendieck.

"As demand for our services for youth from at-risk communities across the city increases, it is essential that we build the resources to support our programs," said Eva Marszewski, Founder & Executive Director of Peacebuilders International. "The success of Spring for Peace is crucial to our ability to continue to serve the growing number of Toronto's youth in need of our support."

About Peacebuilders International

Established in 2002, Peacebuilders is an award-winning charitable organization, widely recognized as a leader in the field of Restorative Justice. Based upon Aboriginal healing circle models, 'Circles' are structured group dialogues led by trained, impartial facilitators to address challenging issues.

Peacebuilders' Founder and Executive Director Eva Marszewski is a recipient of The Law Society Medal, The YMCA Peace Medallion and The Canadian Criminal Justice Associations' Crime Prevention Award. Eva works with family, friends and community seeking peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and injustice.

Event Information: "Spring For Peace", May 7 2009, 6:30pm, Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto - $150/ticket or $1200 for 10 tickets, Business Casual

$35 tickets for the After Party or $75 "All you can drink" tickets, Cocktail Attire

For information on Peacebuilders International or to purchase tickets please visit the website at http://www.peacebuildersinternational.ca or call 416-960-0105.

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