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January 17, 2005
The Toronto Restaurant Challenge City-wide tsunami relief initiative expects to raise over $50,000 for Canadian Red Cross
Several Toronto City Councillors are supporting The Toronto Restaurant
Challenge--a fundraising endeavour for the Canadian Red Cross' Tsunami Relief
Fund developed by members of Toronto's restaurant industry. On January 26,
servers at participating restaurants will be donating all of their tips and
wages--an anticipated $50,000--to the tsunami relief fund.

Councillor Adam Giambrone said, "This is a wonderful and generous gesture on
the part of Toronto's restaurant servers, and I'd like to thank them for it.
It's also a terrific way for all Torontonians to continue the generosity they
have shown towards relief efforts by simply enjoying a meal in one of our fine
participating restaurants. At the same time, we will be supporting our
restaurant industry during a traditionally slow time for business, as they
bounce back from several challenges they have faced in the last few years. I
encourage all residents of Toronto to support these efforts by eating at a
participating restaurant on January 26."

Other Toronto City Councillors supporting the Toronto Restaurant Challenge
include Kyle Rae, Pam McConnell, Shelley Carroll, Michael Walker, Brian Ashton,
John Filion, Karen Stintz and Sylvia Watson.

Project organizer Deborah Hunt, a server at the popular Five Doors North
restaurant on Yonge Street near Eglinton Avenue, is excited that the Toronto
Restaurant Challenge will be an opportunity for the restaurant community to
help a cause that has directly affected many of its members. "There are many
Sri Lankans working in Toronto's restaurants," said Hunt, "and I have seen
first hand the devastation that this disaster has had on people's lives. I'm
just happy to see so many restaurants coming together to raise money. The
response has been very good."

The Toronto Restaurant Challenge currently boasts 14 participating restaurants
and project organizers expect that number to grow as the January 26 date draws
closer. The Toronto Restaurant Challenge is expected to raise over $50,000 for
the Canadian Red Cross' Tsunami Relief Fund.

The public can learn if their favourite restaurant is involved by visiting A Toronto Restaurant
Challenge poster in their windows will also identify participating restaurants.

Diners are encouraged to make reservations early, as this will be a busy night.

Any restaurants wishing to participate can contact Deborah Hunt at, Vito Rizzuto of
Five Doors North at 416-480-6234, or the office of Councillor Adam Giambrone at
416-392-7012 /

Media Contact:
Robert Camara, Office of Councillor Adam Giambrone, 416-392-7012



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