The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) celebrates 17 years of Bloor Street Entertains, Toronto’s preeminent fundraising gala, on Wednesday, November 27th. A CANFAR fixture since inception, Bloor Street Entertains has raised more than $5 million towards HIV and AIDS research to support the fight to end AIDS globally.
Each year, in the lead up to World AIDS Day, the heart of Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville corridor transforms into an exceptional evening of true elegance. This year, over 20 boutiques, museums and galleries will invite top culinary masters to turn their spaces into exquisite dining venues to support a vital cause. As night falls over the city, guests will kick-off the evening with fabulous entertainment and auction items at the exclusive Twilight party before moving on to dinner in one of the evening’s glitzy dining venues.
“Bloor Street Entertains continues to be a critical component of our fundraising efforts in the ongoing fight against HIV and AIDS,” said Christopher Bunting, President and CEO of CANFAR. “While we have made significant strides, HIV and AIDS continue to grow both at home and abroad with more than 71,300 Canadians living with HIV. We must continue to raise awareness about prevention, education and help fund the much-needed research to bring an end to this disease.”
This year, CANFAR is pleased to welcome back Tristan Michela, Executive Vice-President of CanDeal, as Chair of Bloor Street Entertains.
“I am honoured to be involved in this special night for a second year,” said Tristan Michela, Chair, Bloor Street Entertains 2013. “Our focus is to help raise vital funds to support HIV and AIDS research and prevention programs in Canada. I strongly believe that through research, we will find a cure.”
Bloor Street Entertains continues to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS research with Canada’s trendsetters and powerhouses collectively changing the face of AIDS-response. CANFAR is the only organization in Canada that is dedicated to eliminating HIV and AIDS through research. In Canada, the number of people infected with HIV has increased by 11% since 2008. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand how much further we have to go to eradicate the disease.
The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is Canada’s only independent charitable foundation dedicated to eliminating HIV and AIDS through research. By funding promising Canadian AIDS research and spreading awareness through education campaigns, CANFAR is working to end AIDS globally. Since 1987, CANFAR has awarded more than $18 million to HIV and AIDS research projects. Visit www.BloorStreetEntertains.ca or www.CANFAR.com for more information