28th annual Crystal Ball raises record $2.7 million
BC Children’s Hospital raises record $2.7 million at 28th annual Crystal Ball
Single donor achieves gala goal with the stroke of a pen
November 27, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – Over 400 guests rose to their feet at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 28th annual Crystal Ball, presented by Beedie Development Group, as emcees Sasa Drover and Global BC’s Chris Gailus made the unexpected announcement that philanthropist Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian had decided to meet the gala’s fundraising objective by singlehandedly purchasing an EOS imaging machine for the hospital’s Orthopedics Department for $1.4 million. As a result, the gala, which was chaired for the second time by Arya Eshghi, raised a record $2.7 million November 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.
This high-tech X-ray machine will enable the orthopedics team to capture clear and detailed images of children’s entire limbs – the spine, arms or legs – with a single scan and considerably less radiation exposure. The exceptional success of this year’s Crystal Ball, and Dr. Mowafaghian’s decision to buy the EOS imaging machine, means the foundation will also establish an endowment to support the technology needs of the Orthopedics Department.
"For 28 years we’ve been humbled by the generosity of the Crystal Ball guests, and every year something extraordinary happens. This year was no exception,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The Orthopedics Department is one of the hospital’s busiest areas, and this support from Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian and many other donors will ensure the orthopedic surgeons, nurses, radiologists and, most importantly, the children we serve will benefit from access to leading-edge technology.”
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 85,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. In 2013-14 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 118,000 people and had revenues of $92 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.
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