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Costco Wholesale and Buschlen Mowatt Galleries

Posted on 18/05/2010 12:00am

Inaugural Charity Gala raises $35,000

May 18, 2010 - Vancouver, BC - On Thursday, May 13th, Costco Wholesale and Buschlen Mowatt Galleries partnered to raise over $35,000 at the inaugural "Thinking Outside the Box" gala to support the most urgent needs of BC Children's Hospital.

The gala featured hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Glowbal group, oysters by Rodney's Oyster Bar, an intimate live performance from award-winning Canadian country music star Aaron Pritchett, and was emceed by Global BC TV's Claire Newell.

Gala guests raise funds through live and silent auctions, ticket purchases and donations. The live auction, conducted by Barry Scott of Maynards Industries, included a $20,000 painting by internationally recognized artist Ricardo Mazal, and a ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬¹Ãƒ€¦‚¬Å“mystery box' vacation package donated by Claire Newell. Auction participants bid on the mystery box with only a few hints as to where the package would take them-a truly unorthodox idea which supports the evening's theme-"Thinking Outside the Box".

The gala event was one of many fundraising initiatives undertaken by Costco Wholesale during the "Miracle Month of May". Other fundraising includes "Miracle Balloons" that adorn warehouses in elaborate displays after purchase from Costco Members for a minimum donation of $2.

Costco Wholesale has supported BC Children's Hospital for over 20 years, raising over $6.5 million in British Columbia in support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

About BC Children's Hospital Foundation

BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service 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 72,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 120,000 people last year and had revenues of over $61.3 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

For more information, contact:

Aaron Sanderson
Philanthropy Officer
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
938 W 28th Ave
Vancouver BC V5Z 4H4
Tel. 604-875-2529
Cell 604-313-3689