Fife House

Fife House
Spotlight

Spotlight
BMO Financial Group

BMO Financial Group

September 14, 2010 07:00 ET

Supportive High-Calibre Talent Packs Spotlight Line-Up for 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - Spotlight has received an outpouring of support from various Canadian rising-star musicians eager to lend their talent to benefit Fife House, which provides 80% of the secure, affordable housing in Toronto for people with HIV/AIDS.

Momentum for the 2010 edition of the annual event is building; the Spotlight team is excited to welcome to the stage Juno and Gemini Award nominee Kellylee Evans; Billboard No. 1 hit singer and ex-member of the Nylons Micah Barnes; singer and songwriter Mark Masri; and Vancouver Island Music Award Female Vocalist of the Year Hayley Sales.

"The high-calibre talent that is participating in Spotlight 2010 is sure to make the event special for everyone," said Ellen Smith, Spotlight committee chair. "We are thrilled and honoured to have such wonderful talent and sponsors, like BMO Financial Group, support the good work that Fife House does in Toronto."

The event, under the theme 'Spotlight Unplugged. Up Close and Personal,' will treat audience members to an eclectic mix of genres and influences including 'soul-pop,' jazz-fusion, soulful tenor and reggae.

Spotlight will be held at the historic Berkeley Church on Queen Street East on September 30. Tickets are $75 and include a cocktail reception, silent auction and the packed music line-up of performances. Tickets can be purchased through www.spotlightfife.com or by calling 416-205-9888.

"The Fife House Support Staff is touched by the outpouring of support from our sponsors and the performers at this year's event," said Keith Hambly, Executive Director of Fife House. "The generous support of talented Canadians and community sponsor organizations make our ongoing efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS possible."

Over the last 2 years Spotlight has raised over $200,000 and event organizers hope to raise another $100,000 this year. Now in its ninth production, Spotlight has been growing year after year and will be a hot ticket for Toronto in 2010.

It is estimated that at least 20,000 people in Toronto are living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House has 158 housing units serving more than 160 residents and 400 more clients through their Homeless Outreach Program. Fife House is staffed by approximately 50 employees and 300 volunteers.

Money raised at the Spotlight fundraiser will go towards moving costs, bedding, food programs and social service support.

About Spotlight

Started in 1999, Spotlight is a fundraising campaign that supports the Fife House mission to provide affordable housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. Originally called Rhythms For Life, the fundraiser has traditionally involved community-based talent and silent auctions to bring support to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Spotlight has been part of Fife House fundraising events along with 'A Taste For Life' and 'Performers For Life.' As Spotlight evolves it continues to be a corner stone event that benefits Fife House through the performing and fine arts.

About Fife House

Fife House Foundation, a registered charity and community run organization, recognizes that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinate for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House works closely with people and families to ensure that affordable housing and support services, promoting healthy lifestyles and social well being, are provided to assist people living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House operates three residences that offer 24-hour support services through a network of over 300 qualified staff and volunteers. In 2009, the agency assisted more than 500 persons and families. More information can be found at: www.spotlightfife.com or www.fifehouse.org. Follow the Fife House team on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/spotlightbenefit-com and Twitter at @Spotlight_Fife.

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