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2005 Legacy Gala unveiled; hockey legend to co-chair

OSHAWA, Ont. - With a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in attendance, Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and vice-president of Advancement at UOIT, Terry Slobodian announced the theme and honorary co-chairs of the 2005 Legacy Gala earlier today at Tosca Banquet Hall.

Hockey legend Bob Baun, and his wife, Sallie, were introduced to the crowd as the inaugural co-chairs for the event, which promises to be the most successful gala yet to benefit the students of UOIT and Durham College.

Bob Baun is best known for scoring an overtime goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs in game six of the 1964 Stanley Cup finals, while playing with a broken leg. This goal was extremely important as the team went on to win the Stanley Cup two nights later.

Following their introduction, Bob and Sallie Baun announced the theme for the gala, The Roaring Twenties, What Delicious Rhapsody. The journey in education continues this year with a delightfully whimsical event that focuses on providing additional funds for students to access post-secondary educational opportunities.

The Legacy Gala raises funds for scholarships and bursaries at Durham College and UOIT. Last year's sold out event ensured that students would have access to a variety of educational opportunities. At Durham College and UOIT, over 1,200 students rely on scholarships and bursaries each year.

Proceeds from the 2005 Legacy Gala will also benefit graduate students for the first time with the recent creation of UOIT's initial graduate level program, the Master of Information Technology Security -- a unique program offering that can only be found at UOIT.

The Legacy Gala will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Tosca Banquet Hall in Oshawa.


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education, as well as a Master's degree in Information Technology Security. It is also developing leading edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 905.721.8668.

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