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Town of Mount Royal, August 13, 2007 – Mount Royal Public Security staff handed out a $1,000 cheque to Mayor Vera Danyluk during a short formal ceremony held today at City Hall. This was a first donation to the Town of Mount Royal Foundation for Public Art. The goal of this new organization is to fund public art in the community and therefore enhance the Town’s public places and parks.

“Our Dunk Tank booth is always a favourite at Mount Royal Summerfest, and tradition has it that the moneys collected are used for various causes. This year, the event raised approximately $1,000, and we wish to contribute to the success of the new Foundation for Public Art” explained Public Security Director André Maratta.

The Foundation was created last spring and registered as a charity organization. Its goal is to collect funds for the acquisition of art work to be on permanent display in the Town’s public spaces. Eventually with donations from businesses and individuals the Town of Mount Royal will be able to constitute a public art heritage and enhance, through culture, a living environment already recognized as one of the most attractive.

Set up by Council, the Town of Mount Royal Foundation for Public Art is confident about attracting support from residents interested by art in all its forms. For every monetary contribution received, the Foundation may issue income tax receipts.

“Other fundraising events are scheduled. This fall, we plan on twinning a silent auction with our multicultural fair for the benefit of the Foundation for Public Art. Proceeds of the auction will go directly to the Foundation. Mount Royal businesses are encouraged to take part in this event by providing products, art work, collection items, gift certificates… anything that could contribute to make this event a success”, Vera Danyluk enthusiastically concluded.