For Immediate Release –2016 marked March of Dimes Canada’s 65th anniversary, and the Fifth Annual OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Friends in Toronto.
Hosted by The Young and the Restless star Kate Linder, the fundraiser combines an elegant high tea with all the juicy drama of a daytime soap while supporting March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education Program.
Conductive Education combines theory and rehabilitation for kids and adults with neuro-motor disorders like cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. The goal is to help participants improve physical independence in their daily lives, focusing on building from single steps to more complex tasks, and using problem solving techniques along with group reinforcement.
‘Conductive Education changes lives,’ says Linder, who serves as the program’s National Spokesperson. ‘I’ve seen it for myself, and it’s amazing. That’s why I do these events – because I know that the money we raise is going to make a real, tangible difference to someone living with a disability.’
This year’s event featured Linder and Y&R co-stars Sean Carrigan, Christel Khalil, Christian LeBlanc, and Michael Roark, and was emceed by Global Morning Show anchor Carolyn MacKenzie. Guests had the chance to participate in a Q+A session, bid on exclusive auction items, and get autographs and pictures with the soap stars.
Altogether, Toronto’s Fifth Annual OpportuniTEA raised over $82,000 for Conductive Education.
‘Kate works so hard on behalf of the program,’ says March of Dimes Canada’s President and CEO Andria Spindel. ‘She makes every tea exciting and special, knowing the money she helps us raise will have a lasting impact on our consumers.’
This event was generously sponsored by: Global News, Jergens Natural Glow, John Frieda, Warner Marketing, Hollywood Magic, PSAV, Fairmont Royal York, G.C.& Co. Salon and Med Spa, and Salma Jaffer Law.
For more information about March of Dimes Canada’s OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Friends, please visit marchofdimes.ca/torontotea. Next year’s tea is scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd, 2017.
For more information about March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program, please visit marchofdimes.ca/CE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Tina Siegel, PR and Media Coordinator, March of Dimes Canada
Phone: 416.425.3463 ext. 7258
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada. For more information, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.