Toronto Boat Show's Special Preview Night Raises Over $47,000 for Charity

Canadian Boat Shows Inc. (CBSI), organizers of the Toronto International Boat Show, announced that the show's Special Preview Night charity gala raised $47,352.

The event, which was held on January 11 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario, drew 1,200 people the evening prior to the boat show's opening day. Consumers purchase VIP tickets to attend Special Preview Night, enabling them to peruse the show's 550 exhibitor booths without the show's opening weekend crowds. Each year, the event features numerous live and silent auction items. This year's bidding showpiece was a Crownline 19SX sport boat package donated by Pride Marine Group and Crownline.

Funds raised at this year's Special Preview Night will support the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, Ontario Sailing Able Sail, Access BOOM Program and CNIB Lake Joseph Summer Camp

"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,' says Barb Mrozek, Director, Toronto Star Charities and Philanthropy. "We are truly grateful for the hard work and efforts put into this event to help give children a memory that will last a lifetime.'

The mobile Access BOOM sailing program provides children and young adults dealing with disabilities the opportunity to sail. With a well-designed weighted dagger board ensuring they will not capsize, the boats each accommodate 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,' says Glenn Lethbridge, Executive Director, Ontario Sailing.

"This generous donation enables CNIB Lake Joseph Centre to provide additional waterfront programming for children and youth with vision loss,' says Ryan Chin, CNIB, Manager, Community Giving. "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. This tremendous support allows CNIB to empower more children and youth with the skills, confidence and opportunities they need to fully participate in life and, above all, to have fun on the water.'

To date, CBSI says the Toronto International Boat Show's Special Preview Night has raised more than $630,000 for charity.

The 2014 Toronto International Boat Show runs January 11 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Special Preview Night will take place on January 10.