TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading global children’s entertainment company and the Liberty Entertainment Group, Toronto’s premier hospitality collection, hosted the 8th annual Caring & Sharing Christmas Gala in support of the Children’s Breakfast Clubs. The highly-anticipated event involved over 1,000 children and teachers from the Children’s Breakfast Clubs affiliated schools in the Greater Toronto Area and rural Ontario. Notably, the 8th Annual Caring & Sharing Christmas Gala featured a special address from Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Donning glittering angel wings, over 200 volunteers from Spin Master helped each child select two toys – one for themselves and another to share with a friend. Following the toy selection, the children were treated to face painting, toy and game demonstrations and play areas, a bouncy castle and a dance party, followed by a formal luncheon in the Governor’s Room of the Liberty Grand.
“The annual Caring and Sharing event has been a holiday giving tradition for Spin Master employees,” says Anton Rabie, Spin Master’s Co-Founder and Co-CEO. “The excitement on each child’s face is the greatest reward and a special moment everyone looks forward to year after year. This November, we expanded on our generosity with our inaugural Los Angeles event – providing toys and a fun-filled afternoon to children experiencing homelessness in Southern California.”
Partners include the Liberty Entertainment Group, who generously donated the venue and luncheon as well as over 200 Liberty Group staff volunteers, Toronto Police Services, Carquest, Centennial College, North American Produce Buyers, The Don Valley Hotel & Suites, The Jazz Pilots and The International Policing Association.
“Spin Master’s generosity and kindness truly reflect what the Children’s Breakfast Clubs is all about,” stated Rick Gosling, President and Founder of the Children’s Breakfast Clubs. “The Caring and Sharing theme allows the children to receive a fabulous gift for themselves and another to share with someone they care about. This spirit of giving is a core value the children will retain throughout their lives.”
“Everyone has come together to make this an unforgettable day for all the children involved,” said Nick Di Donato, President and CEO of the Liberty Entertainment Group. “The event is a true reflection of partnerships, and we’re pleased to host the annual Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet in support of the Children’s Breakfast Clubs.”
Spin Master’s philanthropic efforts include sponsorship of The Children’s Breakfast Clubs and The Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive. Globally, Spin Master continues to bring inspiration and the opportunity to learn, grow and play to children living in challenging situations through the Spin Master-led global initiative, the Toy Movement. To date, the Toy Movement has completed seven missions, most bringing toys to over 350,000 children in need, both in Canada and abroad. For more information on how Spin Master is making a difference, please visit www.thetoymovement.org.
About Spin Master
Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2000, Spin Master has received 103 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 28 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master has 28 offices and employs over 1,700 people globally in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.
About Liberty Group
For over three decades the Liberty Entertainment Group, led by Nick Di Donato, has been redefining Toronto and Miami’s restaurant, nightlife and special event experience. As developers and operators of numerous landmark establishments the Liberty Entertainment Group has become recognized as one of the most successful and innovative companies in the industry. The Liberty Entertainment Group has gained global recognition by developing and operating an impressive roster of unique venues rich in detail and originality. Their portfolio includes Toronto landmarks: Casa Loma, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex and Rosewater and some of the city’s most prolific restaurants: BlueBlood Steakhouse, Don Alfonso 1890, the renowned Cibo Wine Bar brand of Italian eateries as well as the popular restaurant and lounge Spice Route. Over five years ago, Liberty Entertainment Group successfully established operations in the US market with the expansion of the Cibo brand in South Florida and the internationally recognized Coral Gables Country Club. With over 500,000 square feet of hospitality space, the Liberty Entertainment Group caters to a diverse clientele of upwards of 1.75 million people per year including A list celebrities, sports personalities and industry leaders. www.libertygroup.com
About Children’s Breakfast Clubs
The Children’s Breakfast Clubs works to ensure that children in some of Toronto’s most disadvantaged and marginalized communities start each day well-fed and ready to learn. The Children’s Breakfast Clubs works with community partners to provide a balanced, nutritious, and culturally appropriate breakfast program. In addition to offering over 4,000 meals per week in more than 20 community location, the organization also engages community and municipal leaders and agencies, schools, and corporate donors to deliver recreational and educational programming that supports the whole child. The program promotes a sense of purpose and leads to improved health, behavioral, and academic outcomes.
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