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Villa Charities Foundation presents an exclusive VIP Luncheon with Formula 1™ Driver Antonio Giovinazzi

Personal appearance by special guest launches Italian Heritage Month programming at the Columbus Centre

TORONTO – May 21, 2019 – Villa Charities Foundation is set to host a memorable charitable event with special guest, Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi on June 4. This prominent event will help kick off Villa Charities’ month of June Italian Heritage programming. Attendees of this exclusive luncheon at the Columbus Centre, presented by Craft Development Group and Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre, will have the unique opportunity to meet Antonio Giovinazzi and participate in a Q & A.

The intimate fundraising event will help support Villa Charities’ mission to celebrate and promote Italian heritage, culture, language, arts, food and family values.

“This is an exciting event for the Villa Charities community and Formula One enthusiasts in Toronto and the GTA,” said Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO, Villa Charities Inc. “VCI is proud to welcome Antonio to the Columbus Centre for his first Canadian appearance, and we are grateful to his management, Francesco Principe and Nicolas Conserva, Fan Club lead, for their partnership in facilitating this event.”

Guests at the event can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Fan Race Experience for two, available through the Antonio Giovinazzi Official Fan Club, which will bring Antonio’s supporters to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy in September 2019. The winners will attend the Formula One events on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 including the Free Practice Session 3, the Qualifying Session (Sept. 7), and the race
(Sept. 8). The package also includes return airfare for two to Milan, one-night hotel accommodation and transportation from the hotel to the race circuit.

“We are very happy that Villa Charities will be hosting Antonio Giovinazzi for his inaugural appearance in Canada,” said Francesco Principe, Driver Manager, Media & Sport Management Ltd. “Antonio is thrilled at the opportunity to meet his Canadian supporters at this wonderful event that will benefit Villa Charities, an organization that is central to promoting Italian heritage and culture.”

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 11:30am – 2pm
Where: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

A limited number of tickets to the event are on sale now for $100.00 each. To purchase tickets and full event details, visit the event website at villacharities.com/Antonio; email rsvp@villacharities.com or call 416-789-7011 Ext. 306.

Funds raised from the luncheon will go to Villa Charities Foundation, which was formed to provide long-term funding and financial stability to Villa Charities’ affiliates. TLN and Mediaset Italia are the Media Sponsors of the event. 

About Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi’s racing career began with karting from 2006 to 2012. He drove his career to stardom through the minor formulas, shining in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the International GP2 series. Giovinazzi switched gears during his last year of karting, taking part in the Formula Pilota China in 2012, where he became champion in his debut season with a total of six wins. From 2017 to 2018, Giovinazzi partnered with Scuderia Ferrari as their F1 third driver.  Antonio Giovinazzi was promoted to a Sauber F1 Team race seat for the 2019 Formula 1 season, as team-mate to Kimi Raikkonen.

About Villa Charities Foundation

Since its inception, Villa Charities Foundation has been raising funds in support of Italian Culture and Heritage and culturally sensitive long-term care at Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan. Your generous support ensures that Villa Charities can deliver on its mission to support our community and our nonni. For more information visit villacharities.com/foundation.

About Villa Charities Inc.

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided culturally sensitive long-term care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc./Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit villacharities.com

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For more information, please contact:

Jessica Patriquin
416-640-5525 Ext. 230

Kathleen Sloan, CM
Director, Marketing and Communications
Villa Charities
416-789-7011 Ext. 309

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