A big congratulations are in order for members of Team Corsage, who recently took on the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to raise funds for The Corsage Project.

Team Corsage came together to run or walk anywhere from 5KM to a full marathon in support the young women they work with each year at their Boutique Ball. This year, the team raised a whopping $9,233.00. That money will go directly toward helping provide prom attire — free of charge — to Toronto-area young women and LGBT youth facing economic barriers. Together, with the support of their donors, they’re also raising funds for post-secondary scholarships. Congrats to the runners, volunteers, cheerleaders and team organizers!

As runner and committee member Leonie Tomlinson said in a recent Children’s Aid Foundation spotlight: this team “is an extraordinary group of like-minded individuals actively engaged in giving back to the community by way of walking, running, or volunteering to improve the quality of life of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents.”

Want to get involved with The Corsage Project? Head to their website now.

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On the night of September 15, Team Corsage Project was very proud to attend the 17th annual CAFDN Recognition Night.

Honouring the strength and resilience of Their funding recipients and the generosity of their donors and volunteers, the Children’s Aid Foundation once again took-over Koerner Hall to recognize over two hundred scholarship and funding recipients, along with this year’s award recipients: Lynn Factor and The Slaight Family Foundation.

Hosted by Cityline’s Tracy Moore, the evening’s highlights included speeches from youth speakers, Tamia, Breanna, and Jemal, along with the parade of 2016 Graduates.


Plus, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is only a few weeks away! Team Corsage member Leonie Tomlinson was recently featured on the CAFDN blog. Here’s just a sample of what she had to say about why she runs for The Corsage Project:

“The Corsage Project is a rewarding environment powered by the generosity of volunteers. For many of us, mention of the word Prom conjures up wonderful memories and endless smiles, however, for many high school aged young women, all the attributes of prom – dress, hair, accessories, and transportation are burdensome financially. The Corsage Project alleviates financial burdens associated with purchasing prom attire and creates opportunity for young women to partake in their proms.”

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Calling all Runners! Register now to join The Corsage Project on October 16th for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. Become a member of Team Corsage and start fundraising today!


The Corsage Project, working in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, is a non-profit program in Toronto dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to young women and men who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear.

Through their scholarship program, the Corsage Project also helps local high school graduates achieve their post-secondary goals.

Working with at-risk and special-needs youth throughout their careers in Toronto high schools, Carole Atkins and Rhona Sallay saw firsthand the evolution of prom from a simple celebration of an important milestone to a costly event that placed unnecessary financial pressure on students – many who were working hard at school and at part-time jobs to help support their families. For these students, attending prom was simply too expensive.

Carole and Rhona were determined to even the playing field by ensuring that no student was denied the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of high school graduation because of cost.

In 2000, the Corsage Project was created in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation to help young women attend their prom by providing them with a new dress, accessories and a mini-makeover – all free of charge. In 2010, the program expanded to provide formal wear to young men.

Participants are identified through confidential referrals from school guidance counsellors, teachers, the Children’s Aid Society and/or community social workers.

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