Toronto show holding preview night today

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The Toronto International Boat Show will celebrate all things boating with a Special Preview Night from 4 to 11 p.m. today.

For several years, boating enthusiasts have gathered to raise more than $585,000 for boating-related charities. Show-goers will embrace the VIP experience with live entertainment, food and beverages and an opportunity to bid on more than 100 silent and live auction items.

“The Special Preview Night is an opportunity for industry members and boating enthusiasts to gather in celebration of the boating lifestyle while supporting integral youth charities,” show manager Cynthia Hare said in a statement. “This annual tradition is built around a spirit of camaraderie and helps provide children with the opportunity to enjoy the positive benefits of the great outdoors.”

Beneficiaries of the night include the following children’s charities close to the boating community:

• Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund — Since 1901, the fund has given thousands of underprivileged children a much-needed break from the city and a chance to experience the wonders of camp.

• Ontario Sailing: Able Sail, Access BOOM Program — Access BOOM is a mobile sailing school that brings sailing into the lives of children and youth with disabilities.

• CNIB Lake Joe Summer Camp — Lake Joe Summer Camp is a world leader in providing people who have vision loss with innovative programming and partnerships to inspire them as they meet new friends and have new adventures.

The 55th annual Toronto show will run from Saturday through Jan. 20 at the Direct Energy Centre’s Exhibition Place.

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