A gala with a cause

Annual SNAP! photography auction raises funds for ACT 
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The eagerly-anticipated SNAP! Gala, taking 
place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, is an evening of photography, philanthropy 
and fabulous hors d'oeuvres, benefitting the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). 
Bringing together art-lovers of all kinds, the highlights of SNAP! 2013 will 
be the curated live and silent auctions of contemporary photography from 
Canada and abroad. 
When:   Thursday, March 7, 2013 
    5:30 to 11:30 p.m. 
Where:  The SNAP! Factory, Andrew Richard Designs 
    571 Adelaide Street East, Toronto 
Now in its 12(th) year, the main attraction at the SNAP! Gala is the live 
auction, featuring the work of some of Canada's most notable contemporary 
photographers. Each year this auction gets bigger and better, with this year's 
event headed up by Honourary Chair Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture 
Communications and CBC television personality. 
"It's been inspiring to see so many talented photographers donating their time 
and work to be auctioned off for the cause," Dickinson says. "Photography is 
such a moving and emotionally-charged medium that complements this incredibly 
emotional health issue. HIV/AIDS affects so many people in our city, and the 
funds raised from SNAP! will help provide much-needed support." 
In addition to the live auction, this year's silent auction features an 
exciting collection of photographic art from both seasoned professionals and 
talented amateurs. Images for the silent auction collection were selected by a 
panel of esteemed judges through the popular Elevator Digital Photo 
"I am heartened to see so many people come together to celebrate art and 
support such a worthy cause," says Matthew Teitelbaum, the Art Gallery of 
Ontario's Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO. "For the third year in a 
row, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a proud partner of the SNAP! Gala and 
Auction. It is truly our privilege to be involved." 
This year's event will also acknowledge 30 years of the AIDS Committee of 
Toronto (ACT). Since 1983, ACT has championed the cause of people living with, 
affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS. ACT works with gay men, women and youth 
to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience, and provides counselling, 
information, social support activities and employment programs. Learn more 
about ACT online at ACToronto.org, follow @ACToronto or visit 
Two people are newly infected with HIV every day in Toronto, so ACT's work is 
far from over. And that is why this exciting and high-profile fundraiser is so 
important. So far, SNAP! has raised over $1.9 million to support ACT's free 
programs and services. The proceeds from the 2013 SNAP! Gala will allow this 
important work to continue. 
Notes for editors: 
About SNAP! 
SNAP! attracts more than 700 art and photography enthusiasts each year, 
providing patrons with an opportunity to support ACT and add to their art 
collections. Both renowned and emerging artists showcase their work at the 
event. All proceeds go to support free and vital programs for people living 
with HIV/AIDS. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit 
About Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group 
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD 
Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and 
serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating in 
a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian 
Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance 
Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Waterhouse, an investment in TD 
Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including 
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and 
Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's 
leading online financial services firms, with more than 8.5 million online 
customers. TD had CDN$811 billion in assets on October 31, 2012. 
For more information or to arrange an interview with a SNAP!  spokesperson or 
artist please contact: 
Laine Jaremey SNAP! PR Lead 416-909-0966 ljaremey@gmail.com 
For media inquiries regarding ACT: 
Andrew Brett ACT Communications Coordinator 416-340-8484 ext. 225 
SOURCE: AIDS Committee of Toronto 
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