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2009 Legacy Gala raises $205,000

Funds raised will be used for endowments and bursaries in support of post-secondary education for students in financial need

OSHAWA, ON. - The ongoing support of sponsors, auction donors, community partners and other guests at the 2009 Legacy Gala has once again ensured that hundreds of students in financial need will make their post-secondary dreams a reality at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College.

The eighth annual gala was held on September 18 at Tosca Banquet Hall and Conference Centre in Oshawa and raised $205,000 toward scholarship endowments and student bursaries. The amount includes $102,500 in matching funds provided through the provincial government's Ontario Trust for Student Support.

The event - themed Irresistible Venice - saw guests enjoy an evening in Italy's most romantic city including  Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) - the inspiration behind the gala's silent auction. Guests also enjoyed the historic charm and lure of Venice's landscape through masquerade, music, live and silent auctions, dancing and wine tasting.

Sponsors of this year's gala included the Albis family, owners of Tosca and Avanti Trattoria; Ontario Power Generation; the Caribbean Event and Grant Morris Associates Ltd.; Bill and Janis Robinson; the Durham College Alumni Association; Metroland Durham Region Media Group; BMO; Campus Living Centres; Durham Regional Police Services Board; KPMG; Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC); RBC; and Veridian.

The Legacy Gala is held each September to raise funds for UOIT and Durham College students. It is designed to relieve students' financial burden and help them pursue their post-secondary dreams.

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