Theatre Cares Vancouver announced it has raised $32,000 during its 2010 campaign for AIDS Vancouver and the BC Persons With AIDS in addition to the Actors’ Fund of Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Theatre Cares Vancouver has been raising funds for charity since 1991. Each year, Theatre Cares raises money at different events, but most notably Theatre Cares Week, which usually takes place in February.
“Most of the money raised is at the ‘curtain speeches’ during Theatre Cares Week,” explained local co-chair Louis-Marie Bournival who has worked with Theatre Cares Vancouver for the past ten years. “The week was delayed this year because of the Olympics but we still did extremely well. It was also great to have some new theatre companies join us this year”.
Included in the 2010 fundraising efforts were the Arts Club Theatre Company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Presentation House Theatre, Studio 58, Pacific Theatre and NeWorld Theatre.
Bournival, who lost a number of friends in the eighties due to AIDS, worked to re-establish the local group after it had taken a hiatus and helped to ensure that half of the money collected stays within the local community benefiting AIDS Vancouver and BCPWA. The other half of the funds raised is split between the Actors’ Fund and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Theatre Cares fundraising over the years has also benefited PAL Vancouver, the Coast Foundation, Triage Emergency Services & Care Society, Camp Moomba, PEERS Vancouver, Electric Company and the Positive Women’s Network, a partnership of women living with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia.
Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-based organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS relief and other worthy causes.
Visit http://www.theatrecares.com for more information.