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Brazilian Carnival Ball 2012 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre (September 15, 2012)

Toronto, ON, September 15, 2012 - Toronto's historical Brazilian Carnival Ball made its final curtain call as it marks its 46th anniversary this year. This farewell event once again was filled with exhilirating evening of dance, music and camaraderier celebrating Anna Maria de Souza - the late Founder of the Ball - her legacy and her love for Carnivals. For its final gala, the Ball has chosen to support de Souza Institute Foundation and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO), with proceeds benefiting cancer care.

Toronto's most prominent arts, fashion, political and business communities will generously help to raise awareness and funds in support these two worthy organizations making a difference for people living with cancer through their entire journey. To date, the Ball has raised more than $57 million for numerous causes in health care, research, education and culture. Talented and beautifully styled dancers from the world-renowned Rio de Janeiro Carnival will perform and dance with guests throughout the evening.

This year's Chairs is Mario Silva, 2013 Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF). Honorary Chairs include Shari Fell, Tony Gagliano, Guilherme Guidi, Marvelle Koffler, Ken Shaw and Helen Vari. The Chairs and Honorary Chairs are pleased to be involved with organizations that provide patients and their families with access to world class cancer care through the various stages of their journey.

Brazilian Carnival Ball 2012 - Reception Photo

"This year I am especially grateful for all of the wonderful memories that the Ball has bestowed upon me, and I know Anna Maria would be as touched by the magnitude of support the Ball has received over the years for the many charities that have benefited from this event," says Ivan X. de Souza, President and CEO of the Brazilian Carnival Ball. "As I look back on its 46-year history, I am proud to be part of this city and to know that there are many generous and kind-hearted individuals and organizations willing to give back."

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