Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Raise money for local food banks and get great kids' photos too

urbanbaby & toddler teams up with Kids of Vancouver 2011 to help raise money for local food banks

For the very first time, urbanbaby & toddler magazine and Kids of Vancouver 2011 have teamed up to offer your child a chance to be on the parenting magazine's Winter 2011 cover. Just sign your child up to participate in the Kids of Vancouver 2011 photo project from now until February 28, 2011 and he/she will automatically become a candidate to win this coveted spot.

Tanya and Jeff Harrison of Veridamo Photography are the brainchild behind the Kids of Vancouver project, which invites parents to sign up to receive an expert photo session for their child for a $100 donation (per child; every additional child is an additional $25) to one of two food bank programs. The image of their child will appear in the hardcover, perfect-bound Kids of Vancouver 2011 coffee table book, which is available for purchase at the end of the year.

Last year, the second year for the book, the initiative raised just over $14,000 in total for two local food banks. With the Greater Vancouver Food Bank's share, the charity was able to purchase more than 1,350 Kids' Picks snack packs (provided to preschoolers between 18 months and 6 years).

"We are both very proud and happy to have helped raise such a significant amount of money for these children's food bank programs," says Jeff Harrison. "Of course, a huge thank-you to all the parents that participated last year. And with the opportunity to have a Kids of Vancouver child appear on the Winter 2011 cover of urbanbaby & toddler magazine, we're positive we'll raise even more money this year!"

"urbanbaby & toddler is proud to be partners with Veridamo Photography in this Winter 2011 cover contest," says Emma Lee, editor and owner of urbanbaby & toddler, adding that the partnership is a great way to get a high-quality winter cover and to help local charities at the same time. "I have personally participated in Kids of Vancouver 2010 and was impressed not only with the images Veridamo captured of my children but also with Jeff and Tanya's passion for helping to feed the hungry. I hope that this year's cover contest will attract more people to sign up for Kids of Vancouver, thereby helping those in need in the community."

Winter style shotHow to Enter: To enter the urbanbaby & toddler Winter 2011 cover contest, parents must contact Veridamo Photography (through the Kids of Vancouver website, www.kidsofvancouver.com/urbanbaby) to register. To be eligible for the cover, children must photographed by Veridamo Photography and be between the ages of 6 and 36 months. The winner of the cover contest will be determined by public online voting after urbanbaby & toddler has narrowed the eligible images down to a maximum of 5 cover choices. Further details on the poll will be announced on the Kids of Vancouver website in September 2011.

For more information about the contest and to register, visit www.kidsofvancouver.com/urbanbaby.

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