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PAL Stratford launches $400,000 fundraising campaign with Christopher Plummer as its Patron

Media Release

Des McAnuff, John Wilkinson appointed co-chairs
of PAL Stratford’s fundraising campaign

September 24, 2012… PAL Stratford is pleased to announce the Co-Chairs for its “Places, please” fundraising campaign: Des McAnuff, Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and John Wilkinson, former MPP for Perth Wellington and a long-time friend of PAL Stratford.

“We are delighted that Des and John have stepped forward to fill these key places in our campaign,” said PAL Stratford President John Banks. “It is very rewarding to know that PAL has this kind of support.”

In accepting the position Mr. McAnuff said: “PAL Stratford is an important service to the theatre community and it is with great enthusiasm that we applaud their efforts. I am very happy to make this commitment to supporting the efforts of this campaign.”

Mr. Wilkinson added: “The Stratford experience is not made by buildings: it’s made by people seen and unseen. Our campaign speaks eloquently to who we are as a community: one that cares for our own. I am proud to be a part of PAL Stratford.”

With a goal of $400,000, “Places, please” will seek to make the recent purchase and renovation of 101 Brunswick Street a debt-free project.

Designed to provide five units of much needed affordable housing in the Stratford community, the undertaking at 101 Brunswick Street is 65% funded by the City of Stratford. PAL itself contributes 35% of the costs.

PAL Stratford is a voluntary organization dedicated to the provision of affordable housing and other services to local members and associates of Canada’s professional and performing arts community and others who are in need of assistance by reason of low income, age or disability.

PAL Stratford was established as a non-profit organization in 2002 and in 2006 was registered as a Charitable Organization. It is one of six Chapters of the national PAL Canada Foundation. The others are located in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.


For more information contact:
John David Sterne

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