TORONTO, April 2 – We’d like to thank Corona and all those involved in making the Corona Chairs for Charity Auction a runaway success. The auction featured traditional Muskoka chairs that had been transformed by six Canadian artists into Corona Chairs to benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative


a charity that provides time away at a donated cottage for cancer survivors and their families. Participating artists include: V. Tony Hauser, Charles Pachter, Rose Pearson, David Hickey, Marilyn Brooks and Noelia Marziali.

The total monies raised was CDN$14,682.80. This money will be used to place additional families into cottages in the new Fall/Winter program. It is so wonderful and much appreciated for the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative to be able to offer these additional getaways.

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Corona Chairs for Charity Auction partners local artists with Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery InitiativeMarilyn Brooks Muskoka Chair

TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ – Coronawants you to take a seat in the name of charity. The Corona Chairs for Charity Auction features traditional Muskoka chairsthat have been transformed by six Canadian artists into Corona Chairs that will benefit theCottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative – a charity that provides time away at a donated cottage for cancer survivors and their families. Participating artists include: V. Tony HauserCharles PachterRose PearsonDavid HickeyMarilyn Brooksand Noelia Marziali.

The auction officially opens and bidding begins on March 22, 2009. In the meantime, the unique chairs can be previewed at by clicking on the Corona Chairs for Charity section. The Corona chairs will be on display at theSpring Cottage Life Show at the International Centre in Mississaugafrom March 27-29, 2009. All proceeds from the auction will go to Cottage Dreams.

“We applaud Cottage Dream’s dedication to providing deserving families with a much needed escape to cottage country and Corona is a proud supporter of the organization,” said CourtneyMarilyn Brooks Muskoka ChairMurgatroyd, Marketing Manager, Modelo Molson Imports. “The Muskoka chair has become somewhat of a symbol of our brand and these artists have truly made them into works of art. In addition to proceeds raised by the auction, Corona will donate $10,000 to Cottage Dreams.”

Cottage Dreams works with cottage owners who are willing to donate a week at their cottage to bring cancer survivors and their families together for an escape to reflect and celebrate on recovery in a positive and relaxing setting. Since September 2003,Cottage Dreams has grown to include hundreds of donated cottages from across Ontario and has offered cottages to more than 500 families.

“We are honoured that six of Ontario’s most accomplished artists have dedicated their time and talent in support of Cottage Dreams,” said Seana O’Neill, founder and president, Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative. “With support fromCorona, we hope that the monies raised will help us reach our goal to give more than200 Ontario families that have been affected by cancer a cottage getaway.”

The participating artists in the Corona Chairs for Charity Auction that have each offered their unique take on the quintessential Muskoka chair are:

  • V. Tony Hauser – Canadian photographer, renowned for portrait work. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is represented by the John Stevenson Gallery in New York.

  • Charles Pachter – Over the past four decades, Charles has renovated 24 buildings in Toronto. In 1994, he transformed an abandoned warehouse into Pachter Hall & Moose Factory, a live-work painting studio and gallery where he creates his work.

  • Rose Pearson – York University Fine Arts alumnae, Rose now resides in Haliburton where she paints and teaches privately out of her studio. Her work can be found in private collections across Canada.

  • David Hickey – A full-time painter and metal sculptor living in Lakefield, Ontario, David’s work is seen throughout Ontario.

  • Marilyn Brooks – One of Canada’s most renowned fashion designers and media personalities, Marilyn is a one-person fashion industrialist, designer, manufacturer and retailer.

  • Noelia Marziali – Born in Uruguay and raised in the GTA, Noelia attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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