Toronto, July 14, 2017 – The Pride and Remembrance Association, a not-for-profit organization that presents The Pride and Remembrance Run, is pledging $30,000 to the Fife House Huntley Street Project. Fife House is a charitable organization that provides secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
The Project – Fife House will assume the original premises of Casey House at 9 Huntley Street, Toronto. A Transitional Housing Program is planned for the building for 20 people living with HIV/AIDS and associated complex health issues who currently reside in the City of Toronto emergency shelter system. For more information, visit www.fifehouse.org.
While much of the operational costs for the project have been pledged, an additional $1.8 M of funding is required to complete the renovation. The City of Toronto has committed $500,000 of Section 37 funds to the project. $300,000 of matching gift from the Fran and Edmund Clarke Foundation has been pledged. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 Centre-Rosedale, has committed an additional $250,000 of matching gift from the City of Toronto, available until July 31, 2017.
The Pledge – The Pride and Remembrance Association is committing $30,000, to be matched by the City of Toronto. Together these funds will renovate/create up to four housing units in the project.
About The Pride and Remembrance Run – In 1996 three gay triathletes founded The Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual 5K fundraising run/ 3K walk, to honor friends who were lost to HIV/AIDS. It is dedicated to partnering the themes of pride and remembrance with community celebration and personal achievement.
Over the past 22 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run has raised over $1.6 M for local LGBTQ+ charities. The funds for this pledge have been made available by way of the tremendous community support of the 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run, which received record donations of over $189,000. Without the support of our participants and fundraisers, their supporters, our sponsors, including BMO Bank of Montreal our Platinum Sponsor, and our volunteers, this pledge would not be possible. For this we are truly grateful.
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TORONTO, June 19, 2017 – On Saturday, June 24th, the 22nd annual Pride and Remembrance Run will see record participants lace up as part of the largest fundraising event held during Toronto Pride Month. BMO will join racers to show their support as Platinum Sponsor.
The race is a long standing part of Toronto Pride Week—which is devoted to the celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community—and is one of the most popular running events in the Greater Toronto Area. This year, participants will raise money to benefit four Toronto Organizations: the Fife House Transitional Housing Program; Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Gay-Straight Alliance Forums; Casey House; and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.
WHO: Chris Brohman, President, Pride and Remembrance Association
Sheldon Bizjak, Co – President, Pride and Remembrance Association
Nardine Flaro, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal
Paul Noble, Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, BMO Capital Markets
WHAT: The 22nd Annual Pride and Remembrance Run, supported by BMO Financial Group
WHEN: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon ET
Race begins at 10:00 a.m. ET
Awards Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Start/Finish Line: Corner of Church and Wellesley Streets
Awards Ceremony: Barbara Hall Park (519 Church St., Toronto, ON)
“For 200 years, BMO has been investing and fostering inclusion in the communities where we do business, and we’re proud to support the diversity of all of our customers’ social needs, ideas and interests,” said Nardine Flaro, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal. “The Pride and Remembrance Run is one of the GTA’s most popular running events, and we’re looking forward to being on-site this year as the Platinum Sponsor, and to participate through our employee fundraising team, Team BMO.”
“For more than 20 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run and the LGBTQ+ community have rallied together with spirit and sportsmanship to show our pride and to give back,” said Chris Brohman, Co-President of the Pride and Remembrance Run. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we continue to foster the community spirit that unites us.”
A message from Lanni Marchant Canadian marathon record holder and 2017 Pride Run participant:
“I am really excited to be lining up as part of the Toronto community. It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from when we line up to race. We are all doing the same thing – some faster than others – we are all equals when we toe that line.”
The five kilometer run/three kilometer walk kicks off at the start line with warm-ups led by Michael de Corte of Jock Yoga. The run begins with a blast of a horn and the firing of a confetti cannon.
About the Pride and Remembrance Run
In 1996, three gay athletes founded the Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual five-kilometre run / three-kilometre walk coinciding with Toronto’s Pride Week. It was dedicated to partnering the themes of PRIDE and REMEMBRANCE with community celebration and personal achievement.
The Pride and Remembrance Run has become an annual tradition promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill, volunteerism and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, visit priderun.org.
About BMO and Diversity
From the development of the first Registered Disability Savings Plan to sponsorship of the Pride and Remembrance Run, BMO is committed to promoting accessibility, inclusivity and equality. This commitment extends to initiatives outside the workplace into all communities where BMO operates.
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Toronto, Ontario (March 2, 2017)
The Pride and Remembrance Association is proud to announce the following four organizations as beneficiaries of Toronto’s 22nd Pride and Remembrance Run: Fife House, The Canadian Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Casey House and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.
The Pride and Remembrance Run is an annual tradition promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. The annual 5km run or 3km walk will be on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. The run coincides with Toronto Pride, which is devoted to the celebration and support of Toronto’s diverse LGBTQ+ community. It is also the largest running event of its kind in Canada and of the most popular running events in the GTA. Over the past 21 years, the Pride and Remembrance Association has raised over $1.3 million for local charities that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community.
The 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run beneficiaries are:
Fife House Transitional Housing Program
Fife House provides secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS to enhance quality of life, build on individual strengths and promote independence.
Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Gay-Straight Alliance Forums across Ontario
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity works in schools and youth communities to stop bullying and discrimination by holding forums, workshops, training and providing ongoing support. This organization aspires to support and transform Canadian and indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world.
Casey House – Rebuilding Lives Day Health and Wellness Program
Casey House is a specialty hospital that provides compassionate health care to those living with medically complex experiences of HIV/AIDS. In an effort to improve patient services Casey House is building a new health care facility and introducing a Day Health and Wellness Program.
Pride and Remembrance Foundation
The Pride and Remembrance Foundation is the charitable foundation responsible for the distribution of funds raised by the annual Pride and Remembrance Run. The Foundation’s mandate is to provide financial support to registered charities that benefit the LGBT community. The Foundation accepts applications for financial assistance from registered charities throughout the year.
For more information regarding the Pride and Remembrance Association or the Pride and Remembrance Run, please contact Alexandra Matveeva firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Pride and Remembrance Foundation, please contact Alan Belaiche at email@example.com
Toronto, December 2, 2016
As the fun quotient, public profile and complexities of delivering The Pride and Remembrance Run grows, so does the importance of the board’s role. To this end, please join us in welcoming the 2017 Board of Directors who are committed to continuing the important legacy of The Run and founding principles of: fun, sporting camaraderie, and organizational professionalism. Their proven leadership abilities will help the PRA continue to expand our impact in the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Toronto, November 11, 2016
The Pride and Remembrance Association is now accepting beneficiary applications from registered LGBTQ charities for the 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run. The run is a 5K Run / 3K Walk held annually during Toronto’s Pride Week.
The Pride and Remembrance Run is the largest event of its kind in Canada and is among the most popular running events in the Toronto area. Over the years, Pride Run participants have raised over $1,000,000 for LGBTQ Charities.
Interested in applying?
Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 11:59pm, December 2, 2016.
Toronto, October 27, 2016
The Pride and Remembrance Association (PRA) presented cheques to the three selected Beneficiaries of the 2016 Pride and Remembrance Run, held on Saturday July 2, 2016. The presentation was held at Fabarnak, 519 Church Street Community Centre on Thursday October 27. This year’s Beneficiaries included:
John Farrell (The 519), John Maxwell (ACT), and Ann Rosesnfield and Kimahli Powell (Rainbow Railroad) were on hand to accept cheques. Presenting on behalf of the Pride and Remembrance Foundation (PRF) and the PRA were Alan Belaiche (PRR Founder and PRF), Bernardine Perreira (PRF), Christopher Brohman and Sheldon Bizjak, both of the PRA.