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Fourth annual A Night of Miracles Gala raises over $350,000

Posted on 15/10/2012 4:00pm

South Asian community shows its support for the Campaign for BC Children

October 15, 2012 - Vancouver, BC – Lt. Gov. Steven L. Point, MP Andrew Saxton and BC Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid joined 400 guests October 13 at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s A Night of Miracles gala, an initiative of the South Asian community. The event at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown raised more than $350,000 to support the construction of a new BC Children’s Hospital.

“A new BC Children’s Hospital is our number-one priority,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “It’s clear that members of the South Asian community recognize just how important BC Children’s Hospital is to this province and have made supporting the construction of the hospital their priority as well.”

In four years, A Night of Miracles, the South Asian community’s only black-tie gala, has raised over $1 million in support of BC Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from this year’s gala and last have gone toward the South Asian community’s pledge to raise $3 million over five years to support the hospital’s Campaign for BC Children, and specifically the construction of an interventional radiology room in the new hospital.

“With the funds raised through A Night of Miracles and additional support from generous members of our community, we’re confident that we can reach our $3-million goal,” said Robin Dhir, the gala’s founding chair. “We are working hard to rally the community behind this cause. We all know how important our children are to the future of this province.”

Interventional radiology combines the use of different types of imaging equipment and narrow tubes, or catheters, for minimally invasive care; This means children experience less pain, less stress and a faster recovery. Interventional radiology rooms, where children are diagnosed and treated by specialists using digital images to guide procedures, are a critical part of the new Children’s Hospital.

The gala was emceed by Global BC TV’s Aaron McArthur and presented once again by co-sponsors Fasken Martineau and RBC Royal Bank with additional support from other sponsors. Dinner was created by executive chef Frank Gort in collaboration with Vikram Vij of Vij’s Restaurant. The evening featured a performance by acrobat Amanda Shatzko and guests danced to the South Asian tracks of DJ MiB Roadshow.

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 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 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.BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children in April 2008. 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 $150 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.

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For more information, contact:

Stephen Forgacs
Director, Communications
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Tel. 604-875-2338
Cell 604-719-4381