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February 11, 2000
Night of Knights offers garden of delight
For the second year in a row, the community has stepped in to make a
significant contribution to one of Toronto's directly-operated Homes for the
Aged. Through the 2nd annual Night of Knights, over $40,000 has been raised to
create a safe, enclosed therapeutic garden for residents at Carefree Lodge who
may be at risk of wandering.

The Night of Knights, sponsored by the North York Knights of Columbus (No.
4393) and a variety of corporate partners, takes place on Thursday, February
17, 2000. The event includes a performance by the Toronto Philharmonia,
featuring Maestro Kerry Stratton, at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts.
The orchestra will perform music by Antonio Vivaldi. As well, guests and
sponsors will attend a dinner at Auberge du Pommier prior to the performance.
All concertgoers will be invited to a reception immediately following the
Philharmonia performance.

Carefree Lodge is surrounded by trees and walkways, and some residents can
enjoy activities outdoors in beautiful surroundings. But not all residents can
share in this experience. Some are at risk of wandering or getting lost in the
outdoors. Funds raised through the Night of Knights will provide a new enclosed
courtyard garden, which will allow a growing number of residents to continue to
share the joys of nature.

"Something as simple as a garden can make a huge difference," said Toronto
Councillor Anne Johnston (North Toronto), who is Toronto's Seniors' Advocate.
"I think it's great when the community steps in and makes a contribution that
will be enjoyed for many years to come."

Added event chair Stacey Petersen from the Royal Bank Financial Group, "It is
clear from the corporate response that they have a strong desire to give back
to the seniors who have provided so much to our community over the years. It's
a pleasure to see the corporate sector taking an active role in the community."

Tickets to the concert are $50.00, and can be ordered by calling (416)

Media Contact
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(416) 338-0338



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