Luge Canada

PartyLite Brightens Life of Children's Miracle Network Beneficiary and Olympians

Company donates $200,000 to Children's Miracle Network and $114,000 to Canadian Luge Association
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PartyLite Canada, a leading home fragrance and décor company that offers affordable, premium products and thrives on relationships, recently held its annual National Conference at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, where Consultants from across the country came together to donate a combined total of more than $300,000 to Children's Miracle Network and the Canadian Luge Association, celebrate their success and learn about the exciting new PartyLite products.

PartyLite has been a proud supporter of the Children's Miracle Network since 1997. Over the past 14 years, Customers and Consultants have helped raise more than $3.4 million for the charity.

As part of PartyLite's ongoing support, each year at its annual conference, the company honours a remarkable Children's Miracle Network beneficiary as its conference champion. This year's champion is Shayne Smith. Shayne is an athlete, a mentor, an advocate for the physically challenged and a motivational speaker. Shayne is a wheelchair basketball player and sledge hockey champion who, as a victim of bacterial infection from infancy, has had both legs, most of his left arm and half of his right hand taken from him. The word "no" is never an option for Shayne and nothing holds him back.

"I figure if I can shoot 80% from the floor with half a hand, surely you can get up and go to work with a smile on your face," said Smith.

According to Tony De Santis, PartyLite Canada President: "Shayne is an extraordinary person and a miracle that makes a difference. Despite huge setbacks in his life, he remains an inspirational young man, brimming with positive energy. His main interest in life is to simply give back. We are proud to have him in our PartyLite family. Giving back is the cornerstone of our company and it was our pleasure to make this donation to the Children's Miracle Network on behalf of everyone at PartyLite."

PartyLite presented John Hartman, Chief International Officer for Children's Miracle Network, with a cheque for $201,809.

"We are grateful for the continued support from our friends at PartyLite," said John Hartman, Chief International Officer for Children's Miracle Network. "On behalf of our member foundations and the 2.6 million children treated in Canadian children's hospitals each year  thank you!"

PartyLite's support for the Canadian Luge Association started in October of 2009 with the creation of a special pack of candles representing colours associated with the 2010 Winter Games. From October to March 31, 2010, for every "Celebrate Canada" Votive Combination sold by PartyLite's Canadian Consultants, PartyLite donated $2 to the Canadian Luge Association. A second program to celebrate Canada Day and to generate further support, included donations from the sales of a limited edition special pack of red and white candles. Sharon Muncey, Vice President of Marketing for PartyLite, presented Olympic luger Alex Gough with a cheque for $114,030.

"PartyLite, our Consultants and Customers were honoured to have raised over $114,000 to support the Canadian Luge Team." said Muncey. "Having Alex at our Conference made it that much more special. She's a remarkable and determined young woman who makes us all proud to be Canadian."

"The Canadian Luge Association is very thankful to PartyLite for the financial support," said Gough. "The funds that have been raised through this program will pay for coaching, equipment and travel for our national team."

About PartyLite

PartyLite Gifts Canada is a leader in the art of creating ambience and entrepreneurial home business opportunities. PartyLite candles, home fragrance, accessories and home décor products are sold in 15 countries world wide through independent consultants of more than 68,0000 globally. For more information or to locate a PartyLite consultant, please visit

About Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. Each year more than 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. In Canada, Children's Miracle Network helps support 12 children's hospitals across the country. Each year these hospitals treat more than 2.6 million children.

About Canadian Luge Association

The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization responsible for governing the sport of luge across the country. The Canadian Luge Association safely recruits and develops the nation's current and future high-performance luge athletes with the goal of regularly climbing onto the international podium.

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