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Miss Universe hopeful hosts fundraiser

Ballet dancer Kamilah Sturton hopes PassionArt will help charities

Richmond's Miss Universe Canada hope is hosting a fundraising evening to celebrate some of B.C.'s finest artists.

A collection of the province's most talented singers, dancers, poets, actors, photographers, gymnasts, and musicians will gather April 5 for "PassionArt" to support Kamilah Sturton and her chosen charities.

A $15 admission will cover the performances at Vancouver's Magee Theatre, door prizes, food and drink.

And money raised on the night will go towards Operation Smile (which carries out medical procedures for children in developing countries) and the Canadian Cancer Society.

After taking several weeks to decide on her big fundraiser, ballet dancer Sturton - who attended St. Joseph the Worker, MacNeill and Magee secondar-ies and is a product of the Richmond Academy of Dance - veered away from traditional "easy money" events.

"I wanted to do something that spoke to my platform, to my passions, my charities and the community," said Sturton.

"I chose to have an evening celebrating creativity and art, showcasing some of B.C.'s finest artists."

Sturton said she's never used her contacts in the industry for anything on a large scale and wanted something that connected to the audience.

"I just about have everything in place, all I need now is an audience."

And one of the prizes is a pair of River Rock Club tickets for a Canucks game, but you need to buy your PassionArt tickets before April 3 to have a chance.

The News told earlier this month how Sturton, 21, ended up swapping professional ballet dancing for the country's leading beauty pageant after injuring herself while preparing for a national tour.

Tickets for the 7: 30 p.m. show on Friday, April 5 at the Magee Theatre, 6360 Maple St., Vancouver can be ordered online at https: // passionart.