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Whitecaps FC Unveil Frontline Heroes Artwork Fundraising Campaign by Local Artist Carson Ting to Help Greater Vancouver Food Bank

May 1, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday it has joined forces with internationally-recognized local artist Carson Ting who has created "It Takes A Village", a unique and inspirational piece commemorating Vancouver's 7 p.m. ovation for healthcare workers, emergency responders, city employees, store clerks, supply chain workers and all who have been working tirelessly on the frontlines of the pandemic. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from every print sold will be contributed to help address the Greater Vancouver Food Bank's unprecedented demand.

The club will also be gifting a print to each of its #FrontlineHeroes, who are recognized nightly across Whitecaps FC social media channels.

ARTWORK & VIDEOS: It Takes A Village artwork by Carson Ting, video produced by Kindred & Scout, artwork time lapse, BC Nurses' Union and Great Vancouver Food Bank presentations

The uplifting scene also features BC's own provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and expert sign-language interpreter Nigel Howard, who have been guiding British Columbians through the uncertainty since the pandemic began. Local celebrities Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogen and Steve Nash can also be spotted in the artwork.

"I'm deeply inspired by our city's collective energy, unity and positivity," said Ting. "Before this project, I was thinking of ways that my skill-set could be used to support our courageous frontline workers during these difficult times. When I got the call from Whitecaps FC about this initiative, I was all in."

"We couldn't be prouder of Carson and all of the partners who have donated so much of their time and resources to this incredible project," added Whitecaps FC chief executive officer Mark Pannes. "He has so perfectly captured the gratitude our community expresses every night, and we think it's only fitting to support the recent donation by the BC's Nurses Union and commit the proceeds of this artwork to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank."

"Nurses and frontline workers have felt the love throughout this pandemic," says BC Nurses' Union president Christine Sorensen, who also supports the fundraising initiative. "BC nurses recently made a $10,000 donation to the BC Nurses' Union Fund for Food Banks BC, which assists food banks across the province. We are very pleased that Vancouver Whitecaps FC are joining our effort. We recognize that it takes a village to support the greater need of all our communities."

Local production company Kindred & Scout donated their energy and creativity to create a video that features 'Caps forward Tosaint Ricketts and community cheers across Vancouver. Hemlock Printers and Hemlock Harling also supported the food bank in a big way, donating their resources to print and distribute the artwork to donors.

Additional partners that have donated their resources to the initiative include TSN 1040, Postmedia and Daily Hive. Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., official beer partner of Whitecaps FC, will also take part by launching a new benefit craft this summer. The total of pro bono work and contributions to this project has amounted to over $100,000.

Each of the 24" x 18" art pieces can be purchased at whitecapsfc.com/ittakesavillage for a minimum of $30 plus tax and shipping. BC-based NÜTRL Vodka has already donated $10,000 for one art piece alone.

"We are truly grateful to be included in this artistic tribute to COVID-19 frontline heroes," said Greater Vancouver Food Bank chief operating officer Cynthia Boulter. "Our staff and volunteers are working continuously to ensure we can provide healthy food each week to those in need across the Lower Mainland."

To purchase 'It Takes A Village' artwork and donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, visit whitecapsfc.com/ittakesavillage. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will issue tax receipts approximately six weeks after each donation.

About Chairman Ting (Artist)

Chairman Ting Industries Inc. is a tiny design studio located in the West End, Vancouver, started by husband and wife team, Carson Ting and Denise Cheung. Despite their nano-size, the studio has worked with giant global brands. Every project they take must fit their fun criteria, because life is too short for boring work.

About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) has been providing food support to community members in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore since 1983. For nearly 40 years, the GVFB has been a consistent source of healthy food for those in need. 25% of our clients are children, and 22 per cent are seniors. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic together, the GVFB wants to provide information and reassurance about the support its communities will receive from five locations in our four cities. For GVFB's current locations and schedule, visit foodbank.bc.ca/find-food/locations.

About the BC Nurses' Union

A strong, dynamic voice for nurses and nursing in British Columbia, the BC Nurses' Union provides collective agreement negotiation and support - as well as professional and advocacy services - to its more than 48,000 members. As the largest nursing union in BC, it defends the rights of individual nurses, and advocates for their profession. Since the BCNU's founding in 1981, it has achieved significant advances in the overall standard of living for nurses - an investment that attracts new nurses to the profession and retains experienced nurses - both significant benefits to patients and health care. The BCNU has been a proven leader in the nursing profession and works daily to be the trustworthy and professional representative of nurses in BC and defenders of public health care. BCNU uses its voice to support what its members do best - provide exceptional care to British Columbians. To help offset increasing pressure faced by food banks across the province during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC nurses made a $10,000 donation to Food Banks BC. Donations made between now and May 17 to the BC Nurses' Union Fund will be directed to Food Banks BC.

About Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC purpose is to unite and inspire its communities. Whitecaps FC is one of the longest standing professional soccer clubs in North America, having originally been founded in 1974. Since 2011, the club has played in Major League Soccer, the top tier of professional soccer in the United States and Canada. Whitecaps FC are a fully integrated club, housing one of the most unique soccer development programs in North America, starting from grassroots and including professional development programs for both boys and girls, with a goal to provide a safe and welcoming environment so that all participants can thrive and achieve their potential. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com.


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