The National Arts Centre Orchestra Players Association Christmas FanFair concert and campaign raises over $31,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank and the Snowsuit Fund

National Arts Centre Orchestra Players' Association/News Release

The musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra are pleased to announce that the 2012 NACO musicians’ Christmas FanFair fundraising campaign has raised a total of $31,637.00 for the Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank. This amount will be divided evenly between the two charities.

Organizers Marjolaine Fournier and David Thies-Thompson and the musicians of the NAC Orchestra wish most sincerely to thank the National Arts Centre, our host, CBC Radio’s Laurence Wall, and our special guest conductor – internationally-acclaimed opera star Measha Brueggergosman!

To the artists, to members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 471, Josie Finestone, and Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and to the many Ottawa music lovers who packed the NAC’s lobby for FanFair, we thank you for your generous support.

Begun in 1989, this is now the third decade for the Christmas FanFair benefit produced by the musicians of the NAC Orchestra to benefit the Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank. The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that has been raising funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children 15 years and under for more than 25 years. The demand for their services continues to grow; in 2011-2012, the Snowsuit Fund distributed 15,655 new snowsuits. The Ottawa Food Bank provides 48,000 people each month with emergency food assistance, 37% of whom are children. The Ottawa Food Bank supports more than 140 food programs throughout the National Capital Region, distributing 15 tons of food every working day; $1 donated to the Ottawa Food Bank generates $5 worth of food into the community.

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Andrea Hossack
Communications Officer
613-947-7000 x335
National Arts Centre Orchestra