32nd Annual Crystal Ball raises $4 million

Funds raised will advance critical mental health programs to support BC’s kids

Over 400 guests helped raise $4,000,000 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 32nd Annual Crystal Ball this evening. Funds raised at this year’s Crystal Ball will advance the enhancement and expansion of pediatric mental health programs, including a provincial outreach initiative that is poised to help transform mental health care for kids.

The 32 Annual Crystal Ball, presented by Beedie Development Group, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, and emceed by Global BC’s Chris Gailus. Inspired by this year’s theme of Zen and mindfulness, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Edgar Kano and his team designed a menu of Asian-fusion cuisine. The theme of this year’s gala was the Japanese philosophy of Kintsukuroi [keen-tsoo-koo-roy] and the idea that there is “perfection in imperfection.” Kintsukuroi celebrates healing, resilience and transformation. It treats breakage and repair as an opportunity for something stronger to emerge. In Kintsukuroi, the gold used to repair a once-broken object becomes part of its history and unique beauty, rather than something to disguise.

“So often, people are afraid of mental health issues; they feel ashamed and alone, and no one wants to talk about it,” said Jennifer Johnson, Chair, Crystal Ball committee. “But the reality is that 70 per cent of mental health issues begin in childhood. Early detection is critical, and with the funds raised at the Crystal Ball, BC Children’s Hospital will be able to expand current mental health programs to make sure that kids get the help they need, when they need it.”

Across the province, 84,000 children and youth experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, but 70 per cent aren’t getting the care they need. Funding from this year’s Crystal Ball will enable mental health experts at BC Children’s Hospital to guide and support community care providers to better identify and treat those who count on them—while also determining when a higher level of care is needed at BC Children’s. As the province’s only dedicated pediatric acute care hospital, BC Children’s Hospital sees and treats kids with some of the most severe mental illnesses. Last year, there were more than 16,000 visits from kids who accessed mental health services.

“Helping kids and youth struggling with mental health receive care closer to home will mean quicker and better access to specialized care, with less disruption to their lives. — Teri Nicholas, president and CEO, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

“A child’s mental well-being is just as important as their physical health,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Helping kids and youth struggling with mental health receive care closer to home will mean quicker and better access to specialized care, with less disruption to their lives. They can get better, and will be given the chance to reach their full potential.”

Since its inception, Crystal Ball has raised over $30 million for BC Children’s Hospital.

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BC Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the province devoted exclusively to the care of children. As one of the few pediatric medical centres in North America with a world-class acute care centre, research institute, mental health facility and soon, rehabilitation centre all on one campus, we provide expert care for the sickest and most seriously injured kids. At BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, we have a vision that every child is healthy and able to fulfil their hopes and dreams. The generosity of donors fuels our ability to conquer childhood diseases, prevent illness and injury, and prioritize the unique needs of kids in every aspect of their care. Please follow us at @bcchf or visit us at bcchf.ca for more information.

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