Toronto concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House in St. John's

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The Smiling Land Foundation, organizers of the annual Rockin' Big Give in Toronto, have announced the beneficiary of their event this year will be Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Masonic Temple in Toronto, this will be the third year for the Rockin' Big Give - styled as a Newfoundland kitchen party in Toronto. Proceeds from the event are provided to charities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Smiling Land Foundation, organizers of the annual Rockin' Big Give in Toronto, have announced the beneficiary of their event this year will be Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Masonic Temple in Toronto, this will be the third year for the Rockin' Big Give - styled as a Newfoundland kitchen party in Toronto. Proceeds from the event are provided to charities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2008, the event raised $150,000 for Daffodil Place. In 2009, it raised $75,000 for the Stella Burry Foundation and the Vera Perlin Society.

While a full lineup of acts for 2010 has not yet been released, the third annual Rockin' Big Give will have former chief of the defence staff, retired Gen. Rick Hillier as its honorary chairman, according to a notice from the Smiling Land Foundation.

Hillier's presence is expected to draw additional support.

"We are thrilled to have the support of General Hillier as we focus our efforts on assisting Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador, our 2010 beneficiary," said founding member and chairman of the board of the Smiling Land Foundation, Paul Sparkes.

"As a father, I know how much parents worry about the well-being of their children and I am excited that the Smiling Land Foundation is supporting this important pediatric health care initiative."

Planned at two storeys, with "14 family suites, a large family kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities and more," the Ronald McDonald House in St. John's is expected to be the first built in Canada in 17 years.

The building is slated to be built within a five-minute walk from the Janeway.

"With the province's rural population dispersed over a large geographic area and the central location for pediatric health care in St. John's, this new Ronald McDonald House will fulfil a great need," stated board chairman for Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Lab-rador, Gerry Beresford.

"Caring for a sick child is never easy, but with the completion of this project, families will have access to a home-away-from-home and extra support that will help them navigate through a very difficult time."

The Ronald McDonald House is scheduled to open in 2011.

More information on the Rockin' Big Give in Toronto is available at:

www.smilingland.ca

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telegram@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Ronald McDonald House, Smiling Land Foundation, Stella Burry Foundation Vera Perlin Society

Geographic location: Toronto, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

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