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Media Releases: September 24, 2012

Three releases were sent out today. Click the link(s) directly below to read them:

  1. Lucy Peacock and Loreena McKennitt head PAL fundraiser
  2. PAL Stratford launches $400,000 fundraising campaign with Christopher Plummer as its Patron
  3. Des McAnuff, John Wilkinson appointed co-chairs of PAL Stratford’s fundraising campaign

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John David Sterne

As published in the Beacon Herald, September 25, 2012.

Talented friends back PAL

By LAURA CUDWORTH, Stratford Beacon Herald
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:25:33 EDT PM

Christopher Plummer has leant his name and several Stratford talents will showcase their skill for PAL Stratford Oct. 15 at the seventh annual “Expect the Extraordinary” fundraising event.

The show called “Heart and Home: An Evening with Lucy Peacock and PALS in the Living Room” will be held at the Avon Theatre at 8 p.m. Some of the talented artists joining Peacock on stage include Loreena McKennitt, guitarist Gregory Hoskins, the Festival Youth Choir from St. Marys, Ben Carlson, Brent Carver, Ted Dykstra, Marek Norman and Geraint Wyn Davies.

A silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.

Plummer won’t take to the stage but he has agreed to be the patron of a $400,000 fundraising campaign called “Places Please.”

Outgoing Stratford Shakespeare Festival artistic director Des McAnuff and former Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson will co-chair the campaign.

“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.”

PAL Stratford is committed to providing affordable housing and other services for members and associates of Canada’s professional and performing arts community and others who are in need of assistance due to low income, age or disability.

A PAL lodge has been purchased at 101 Brunswick St. and renovations have begun. When renovations are complete the property will have five units. The city is paying for 65% of the cost and PAL is contributing 35%, a PAL press release said.

Tickets for the show Heart and Home range from $50-$20 and are available through the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's box office.

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