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June 15, 2011

Fifth Annual Baskets with Panache! Raises $51,340

Baskets with Panache! raised $51,340 dollars to provide underprivileged children with an unforgettable hands-on farm experience through the Museum’s educational programs and summer day camps.

“Far too often, children in our community do not have the financial resources to attend the Museum’s educational school programs or day camps,” says Wally Parsons, Chair of the Baskets with Panache! planning committee. “Baskets with Panache! will enable children from all walks of life to take part in these programs, helping them to see for themselves where our food comes from, along with the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.”

In its first four years, the event has raised $125,000, providing more than 10,000 children the opportunity to participate in exciting educational experiences. Taking place in a heritage barn at the Canada Agriculture Museum, Baskets with Panache! event features the lively setting of a traditional country fair.

“It is so important for us to make our museum experiences accessible to as many children as possible regardless of their financial situation or physical challenges,” says Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director General of the Canada Agriculture Museum. “Our goal is to have every child leave the museum with a better understanding of the essential role that agriculture plays every time they eat, drink or even get dressed.

“By sharing this knowledge with children we help them develop life skills that will inform nutritional choices and potential career paths in the future. The Museum is grateful to all those who have generously donated their time, money and auction items to make Baskets with Panache! such an ongoing success.”

Auction items include many one-of-a kind themed gift baskets created by community leaders and local organizations. The event also features gourmet foods by Thyme & Again Creative Catering and award-winning wines from Prince Edward County, along with celebrity auctioneer Stuntman Stu of local radio station Magic 100, and emcee Catherine Clark.

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Media relations:

Kelly Ray
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
613-949-5732

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