The Toronto International Boat Show announced that it has raised $65,266 for charity during its Annual Boating for Children's Charity Special Preview Night held in January. The proceeds, raised through silent and live auctions, will benefit Camp Oochigeas, Ontario Sailing, the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund.
“This donation will benefit hundreds of children, putting smiles on their faces and easing uncertainty during these difficult economic times,” said Barbara Mrozek, director – Toronto Star Charities and Philanthropy. “We're so grateful to the Toronto Boat Show and all their efforts.”
During the charity night's 10-year history, the Toronto International Boat Show reports that it has raised more than $500,000. Since the Special Preview Night's inception, Ontario-based Pride Marine Group has supplied the feature auction item. This year it supplied a pair of 14-foot centre consoles by EdgeWater Power Boats, powered by Mercury Marine outboards, which has a combined value of $53,000.
“Each dollar raised has given a child the opportunity to experience the positive and lasting effects of boating and the outdoors,” said Cynthia Hare, show manager.