Toronto show raises money for local charities


The Toronto International Boat Show’s Special Preview Night raised $47,352 for children’s charities this year.

Show organizers said the money will aid three beneficiaries:

Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund: “This tremendous donation will help the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund support 103 camps this summer and allow as many as 25,000 underprivileged and special-needs children enjoy an unforgettable camp experience,” Toronto Star Charities and Philanthropy director Barb Mrozek said in a statement.

Ontario Sailing: Able Sail, Access Boom Program: Traveling around the province with a trailer of specially designed Australian Access Dinghies, the mobile Access Boom sailing program makes the opportunity to sail possible for children and young adults dealing with disabilities. With a well-designed weighted daggerboard ensuring they will not capsize, each of the boats accommodates one to two participants. “This year’s generous support of Special Preview Night means we can start the process to order another one or two boats to help replenish our aging fleet,” Ontario Sailing executive director Glenn Lethbridge said in a statement. As boats must be ordered from overseas, taxes, duty and transportation can drive costs up to about $10,000 apiece.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Lake Joe Summer Camp: “This generous donation enables CNIB Lake Joseph Centre to provide additional waterfront programming for children and youth with vision loss,” CNIB’s community giving manager Ryan Chin said in a statement. “Each summer, hundreds of people who are blind or partially sighted have an opportunity to participate in waterfront programs such as pontoon boat rides, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and water tubing.”

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