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Argos Belli Brings Back Valentine's Dinner to Benefit SickKids

January 19, 2011 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Toronto Argonauts News Release

Toronto - Now there's no need for the women of Toronto to worry about plans for Valentine's Day; the Argos have the solution. In an ongoing effort to raise money for the SickKids Foundation, Argos DT Adriano Belli is organizing his second Big Kiss Valentine's Day Dinner. Ladies will dine on a three course dinner prepared by Argos players including Belli, Matt Black, Mike Bradwell, Joe Eppele, Byron Parker, Jason Pottinger, Chris Van Zeyl and others with all of the proceeds going to SickKids.

Commented Belli, "This event combines all my passions - women, food, my teammates and raising money for the SickKids Foundation. I'm looking forward to cooking for the ladies, spreading a little Valentine's Day romance and having fun, all for a great cause."

Here are the details of this special event:

EVENT: Big Kiss Valentine's Dinner

DATE: Friday, February 11 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Cirillo's Culinary Academy 4894 Dundas Street West, between Islington and Kipling Toronto, Ontario

COST: $100 (includes 3 course dinner, a glass of wine and a rose) Tickets at door Net proceeds to benefit SickKids Foundation


The Big Kiss Fund was created by Adriano Belli in an effort to support SickKids Foundation to enrich the lives of sick kids in a variety of ways. Nicknamed the 'Kissing Bandit', Belli endeavours to enlist the assistance of not only his fellow teammates, but other local professional athletes, so that kids have an opportunity to meet and interact with their sports role models. Belli approaches companies to make donations to SickKids Foundation for every sack or tackle he makes during the season. As well, Belli arranges for patients and their families to attend every Argos home game, visits patients in the hospital regularly and organizes an annual toy donation. Belli committed fully to his cause by singing a classic rendition of the national anthem at the Argos SickKids Game Day on October 3, 2008. The gregarious defensive tackle also auditioned for the 2008 version of CTV's Canadian Idol to raise awareness and funds. His first Valentine's Day dinner took place in 2009. Donations can be made at www.sickkidsfoundation.com/fundraise and clicking on Adriano's Big Kiss Fund.

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