Susan Chow and Lisa Dalton steered B.C. Most cancers’s energy lunch. The always-stylish Hope Couture fundraiser collected $600,000 to assist these going through most cancers.

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As soon as once more British Columbians demonstrated their unimaginable capability to present by opening their hearts, their wallets and even their properties to help people and organizations in occasions of want. From the notable to essentially the most buzzworthy, right here’s one closing look again at 2018’s prime merrymakers and the excellent folks behind them. Right here’s to them and a kinder, gentler 2019.

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HOPE COUTURE

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Susan Chow and Lisa Dalton steered the province’s most trendy and profitable fundraising lunch. They fed, entertained and managed to gather $600,000 to assist these going through most cancers right now. In 5 years, the facility lunch and Bacci/Boboli trend present has generated practically $Four million for B.C. Most cancers. The company additionally hosted one of many metropolis’s prime galas of the 12 months. Its Inspiration Gala eight weeks later would muster one other $4.three million.

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On the Time to Shine Gala, a $1.5 million reward from Westbank CEO Ian Gillespie and his spouse Stephanie Dong contributed to Judy Leung’s $4.three million evening for VGH & UBC Hospital Basis.

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TIME TO SHINE

Chair Judy Leung and the Chinese language neighborhood rallied behind VGH & UBC Hospital Basis’s efforts to package out 16 working rooms with state-of-the-art tools. A relative newcomer to the social circuit, the lavish occasion in simply 4 years has seen well-heeled company donate greater than $10 million to surgical care. A $1.5 million reward from Westbank CEO Ian Gillespie and his spouse Stephanie Dong led this 12 months’s fundraising cost. It could contribute to a superb $4.three million evening.



B.C. Kids’s Hospital Basis chair Lisa Hudson congratulated Crystal Ball chair Jennifer Johnston and her husband Scott Warren for his or her management and profitable $Four million evening.

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CRYSTAL BALL

Jennifer Johnston and a strong group of social do-gooders had been the power behind the Crystal Ball’s record-setting evening. For under the second time within the social gathering’s 32-year historical past, B.C. Kids’s Hospital Basis’s flagship fundraiser reached the $Four million mark. At all times a top-notch affair, this 12 months’s extravagant dinner and public sale would profit psychological well being initiatives for kids and youth on the province’s foremost pediatric, educating and analysis facility.



Sue Adams and Jacquie Prokopanko shined a highlight on the Michael Audain Artwork Museum in Whistler. The second annual occasion generated a formidable $500,000 for the cultural jewel.

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Wine fairies pouring drinks suspended from the Westin Resort ceiling ensured the Audain Artwork Museum profit was not going to be your stuffy gala social gathering.

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ILLUMINATE

Sue Adams and Jacquie Prokopanko shined a highlight on the Michael Audain Artwork Museum in Whistler. With wine fairies suspended from the Westin Resort pouring drinks, you knew this was not going to be your stuffy gala social gathering. Convincing artwork heavyweights to make the journey up the Sea to Sky Freeway, they had been rewarded with a wonderful night of leisure, in addition to nice artwork that went on the public sale block. The second annual occasion generated a formidable $500,000, up $200,000 from its debut.



Backed by scorching firemen, first time chair Jen Rainnie pumped new life into the Coronary heart and Stroke Basis’s 13th Coronary heart of Gold Gala.

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HEART OF GOLD

After stalling and a quick hiatus, the Coronary heart and Stroke Basis’s Coronary heart of Gold Gala returned greater and higher. First time chair Jen Rainnie pumped new life into the 13th present of hearts occasion, attracting 500 company to the New Orlean’s themed social gathering, produced at Parq Vancouver. Rainnie together with Olympic determine skating medallist Joannie Rochette — a Coronary heart and Stroke Ambassador — and a band of scorching firemen drummed up $850,000 in help of girls’s coronary heart and mind well being.



On the White Envelope Gala, social do-gooder Treana Peake and South Sudanese refugee James Madhier shared the plight of refugees dwelling on the planet’s largest settlement camp.

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Michael Buble and his spouse Luisana Lopilato joined Treana Peak at her West Vancouver waterfront residence for the outside White Envelope backyard social gathering.

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WHITE ENVELOPE GALA

Treana Peake by no means forgot the attractive act of kindness she and her mom obtained within the type of an nameless envelope of cash that arrived yearly. A lot wanted then, now Peake lives her life by serving to others. She hosted her inaugural White Envelope Gala, inviting 200 kind-hearted folks together with crooner Michael Bublé to her outside West Vancouver home social gathering to be taught of the plight of refugees dwelling on the planet’s largest settlement camp. A formidable debut, social gathering company would pay it ahead to the tune of $450,000.



Accompanied by his spouse Careena Sharma, co-chair Manjot Hallen steered the South Asian neighborhood’s A Evening of Miracles to its largest outcome so far. Since its inception, the occasion has raised over $5 million for B.C. Kids’s Hospital.

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A NIGHT OF MIRACLES

Bob Rai and Manjot Hallen chaired the South Asian Group’s A Evening of Miracles. An always-colourful affair, the tenth staging raised a file $755,000 for B.C. Kids’s Hospital. The tally was $275,000 greater than the quantity collected the earlier 12 months in help of the Sunny Hill Well being Centre for Kids Enhancement. The fundraising achievement represented a brand new customary of philanthropic help for the as soon as grassroots occasion Robin Dhir based in 2009.



Daffodil Ball chairs Jennifer Traub and Megan Lauman welcomed singer Sarah McLachlan to the Canadian Most cancers Society’s signature soiree, considered one of Vanhattan’s venerable events.

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DAFFODIL BALL

4-time chair Jennifer Traub, and newcomer Megan Lauman fronted the Canadian Most cancers Society’s signature soirée. There was a lot flower energy within the Resort Vancouver ballroom as philanthropists, enterprise leaders and most cancers survivors doled out $1.54 million to assist enhance the standard of lifetime of these dwelling with most cancers. Their generosity rewarded with a shock efficiency by Sarah McLachlan. The siren fittingly performing her hits Angel and Extraordinary Miracle for the star-struck crowd.



At all times a showstopper, Tiffany Soper and Kevin Mazzone piloted the fifth Evening of Winders Kids’s Want Gala on the London Aviation Centre.

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NIGHT OF WONDERS

Benefiting Kids’s Want Basis, Kevin Mazzone and Tiffany Soper piloted the fifth Evening of Winders Gala on the London Aviation Centre. At all times held in a novel location, this 12 months’s Needs Take Flight occasion was a stunner in additional methods than one; from the decor and meals to the $550,000 collected. It was one other file setting haul for the fledgling little-gala-that-could that started within the cramped confines of the Vancouver Artwork Gallery lobby.



A banner 12 months for Christie King, she married Goldcorp CEO David Garofalo and efficiently raised essentially the most cash ever at Splash, Arts Umbrella’s premiere artwork public sale and social gathering.

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SPLASH

It was a banner 12 months for Christie King. She married her prince, Goldcorp CEO David Garofalo and efficiently co-chaired her second Splash Gala with social gathering associate Bruce Munro Wright. The 36th version of the Arts Umbrella artwork public sale was additionally a record-breaker, netting $560,000 for the blossoming visible and performing arts college. 2018 was equally a superb 12 months for the college. It obtained the go-ahead to maneuver into a brand new 50,000 sq. foot Granville Island area previously occupied by Emily Carr College.



Joelle Paleologou and Ritu Khanna’s consideration to element paid off in spades. Their Peace Arch Hospital Laborious Days Evening Gala raised $1 million they usually had been invited to Vegas to share their social gathering secrets and techniques to success.

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HARD DAYS NIGHT

Guided by Joelle Paleologou and Ritu Khanna, the Peace Arch Hospital Basis’s premiere social gathering had 500 folks cross the pond to the land of strawberry fields for his or her very Brit bash. Pulling out all of the stops, their royal affair — one of the best theme social gathering of 2018 — celebrated one of the best of Britain from the Beatles to the royal household. A significant success, the social gathering not solely raised one million {dollars} to help the hospital’s psychological well being initiatives, however the duo was additionally invited to Las Vegas to share their social gathering secrets and techniques with different occasion planners.



Karin Smith, Alexandra Mauler-Steinman and Lauren Armstrong chaired the always-lovely Vancouver Symphony Ball, elevating $790,000 for the orchestra’s training initiatives.

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SYMPHONY BALL

Chairs Lauren Armstrong, Karin Smith and Alexandra Mauler-Steinman may have danced all evening on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 28th Symphony Ball. At all times a spectacular evening of candy music, the black-tie ball additionally gave 650 gala-goers the chance to say goodbye to outgoing conductor Bramwell Tovey who led his merry group of women and men by way of their musical paces one closing time. The night of music and dancing additionally scored $790,000 for the corporate’s academic initiatives.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Canuck Place Kids’s Hospice’s Present of Time; Chinatown Basis’s Chinatown Gala; Pacific Autism’s Launch Vacation Luncheon; B.C. Kids Hospital’s For Kids We Care Gala, and Household Providers of Larger Vancouver’s Speakeasy Soiree.

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