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BC Children's Hospital raises $1.2 million at 25th Annual Crystal Ball

Posted on 06/12/2011 12:00am

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

December 6, 2011 - Vancouver, BC - Guests celebrated the 25th anniversary of BC Children's Hospital Foundation's black-tie gala, the Crystal Ball, raising a net total of $1.2 million for the Campaign for BC Children December 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. One anonymous donor marked the occasion with a gift of $100,000 in honour of Diane Norton, who chaired the event for her third consecutive year. And a Ross Penhall painting sold for over $40,000 during the live auction, more than three times its listed value. Proceeds from the gala bring the total raised in the $200-million campaign to over $138 million.

"Every year our guests at the Crystal Ball step up to support children, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to BC Children's Hospital," said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "This year, they showed exceptional generosity and made a huge investment in the future by supporting 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, pediatric acute care hospital and serves the 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 78,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 115,000 people last year and had revenues of over $85.5 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

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 Suites 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 $138 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.

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For more information, contact:

Stephen Forgacs
Director, Communications
Tel. 604-875-2338
Cell 604-719-4381