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FUNdraiser for EarthPlay

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June 14, 2017
The Beer Hall at Mill Street Brew Pub
21 Tankhouse Lane in the Historic Distillery District
5-6pm: VIP Awards Ceremony (by invitation only)
6-10pm: EDC Gala

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The Earth Day Canada Gala is an opportunity for environmental, business, community and political leaders to come together, celebrate recent accomplishments, network and have fun! This year, we’re fundraising for our new EarthPLAY program, which puts outdoor free play back into childhood.

We anticipate more than 400 guests at the newly renovated Mill Street Brew Pub, where Fresh City Farms will provide innovative, playful (and of course seasonal) tapas and finger foods while Turbo Street Funk — known for their charismatic tunes and colourful footwear — provide the entertainment.

More details on our VIP guests, partners and raffle prizing to come!

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The VIP Awards Ceremony kicks off the event. This is where we:

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  • Honour our 2017 Hometown Heroes Award Winners.

This year, we will be presenting awards for environmental leadership in the following categories: Individual, Group, Teacher, Small Business, and Youth.

  • Honour our 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner.

This year, we are pleased to present the award to Silken Laumann, four-time Olympian, three-time medalist, life coach, child advocate and award-winning author of the books Unsinkable and Child’s Play: Rediscovering the Joy of Play in Our Families and Communities.

  • Hear an inspiring keynote address by a special guest.

This year, our keynote speaker will be Governor General’s Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel.[/list]

And our emcee for the evening will be Hannah Alper, the tenacious eco-warrior and ambassador for Free the Children.

Silken Laumann

Photo: Hattie Root Photography

Kenneth Oppel

Photo: Samantha Falco

Hannah Alper

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About EarthPlay

The objective of EarthPLAY is to put self-directed outdoor play back into the day-to-day lives of children. EarthPLAY encompasses a broad spectrum of projects that address play provision in schools, childcare centres, parks, streets and other community green spaces, highlighting the importance of freely chosen outdoor play as a vital determinant of health and social wellbeing.

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  • Connect with more than 400 community members and leaders;
  • Learn about innovative environmental and business best practices;
  • Engage with young entrepreneurs and Hometown Heroes;
  • Participate in a silent auction; and
  • Attend a VIP reception!


  • Logo placement on Earth Ball event website and all marketing collateral
  • Brand exposure among media partners
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“A BIG THANK YOU for hosting such a fabulous event. I had a great time, enjoyed great food, great music, great comedy and made valuable business contacts. Fantastic!”

Chantale Després
Director of Sustainability, CN

“As a sustainability practitioner in Toronto, I’ve been to many green events. The Earth Day Canada event is by far one of the best and most fun events I’ve ever been to. Great networking, perfect venue, amazing local food, and a chance to celebrate outstanding environmental achievements in this country – what more could you ask for!”

Steven Pacifico
Program Manager, Energy Exchange, Pollution Probe

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