The springtime charity circuit has definitely arrived. On Saturday, May 10th, young professionals (YPs) from across the city will converge at The Burroughes Building to imagine a future without HIV/AIDS as they raise money and awareness for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
Now in its fourth year, Paint the Town Red will feature foods from some of the city’s best vendors (favourites that include everything from Glory Hole Donuts and Greenhouse Juices to Emma’s Eatery and Caplansky’s Deli), a silent art auction of works from up-and-coming talents and, of course, what will be a packed dance floor thanks to the sounds of DJ Cal of Salacious Sound. A raffle with exceptional prizes will also be held, with Porter, Swarovski and the beloved Food Dudes being just some of the notable contributors.
All this, of course, is for a good cause. If you are in need of a refresher, The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is Canada’s only independent charitable foundation dedicated to eliminating AIDS through research. By funding promising Canadian HIV and AIDS research and spreading awareness through informational campaigns, CANFAR is contributing to the global fight to end AIDS. Since 1987, CANFAR has awarded more than $18 million to HIV and AIDS research projects.
The CANFAR Young Professional Council is a group of young Toronto professionals dedicated to assisting the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research in its mission to end AIDS. The first event saw approximately 200 attendees, and well over 500 young professionals are expected in attendance this year. They hope to raise over $14,000 from this event alone.
“This event, and the efforts of the CANFAR YPC in general, are unique in that they are targeted to a younger demographic that is not exclusive to the LGBT community,” says Communications Co-Chair Sabrina Scott. “It’s an inclusive event and group of young professionals working together to help the fight to end HIV/AIDS. A lot of people perceive the demographic we target as one that is increasingly apathetic. Organizing events like this one and actively trying to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS among younger Canadians is the YPC’s way of showing how much we care about what we’re doing.”
In a refreshing departure from most charity events, tickets are only $60 until May 9 (available online here, and $70 the day of the event.
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