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26th Annual Crystal Ball raises $1.1 million

Posted on 29/11/2012 11:00pm

Proceeds to support the construction of the new BC Children’s Hospital

November 30, 2012 - Vancouver, BC – Over 400 guests raised a net total of $1,125,013 at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s black-tie gala, the 26th annual Crystal Ball, presented by the Radcliffe Foundation, November 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. The money raised goes toward the foundation’s capital campaign, the Campaign for BC Children, which is supporting the construction of a new BC Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the gala bring the total raised in the $200-million campaign to over $155 million. Diane Norton chaired the event for her fourth and final year, before handing the role to Arya Eshgi.

"The Crystal Ball is always a great party, but it’s the impact that the event has had on the quality of care our children receive that is really worth celebrating,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Crystal Ball guests have joined with tens of thousands of other British Columbians in showing support for the construction of a new BC Children’s Hospital."

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 81,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. In 2011-12 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 140,000 people and had revenues of $83 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

About the Campaign for BC Children

Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include construction of a new hospital - including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, operating rooms and patient rooms; the relocation of childhood development and rehabilitation services from Sunny Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home of BC Children's, and Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is building pediatric care capacity throughout the province. To date, BC Children's Hospital Foundation has received campaign donations from thousands of British Columbians in 270 BC communities. The community has contributed in excess of $155 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.

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For more information, contact:

 Stephen ForgacsDirector, Communications
Tel. 604-875-2338
Cell 604-719-4381
1-888-663-3033
sforgacs@bcchf.ca