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Third Annual A Night of Miracles Gala Raises over $300,000

Posted on 24/10/2011 12:00am

Third Annual A Night of Miracles Gala Raises over $300,000
for BC Children's Hospital

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

October 24, 2011 - Vancouver, BC - It truly was a night of miracles on October 22, as Vancouver's South Asian community showed its support of BC Children's Hospital by raising more than $300,000 for the Campaign for BC Children. The third annual A Night of Miracles, a black-tie gala, held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, brought out more than 400 South Asian community and business leaders.

"It was wonderful to see so many influential members of the South Asian community gather under one roof to support BC Children's Hospital," said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "When a community pulls together with a single purpose it can have a huge impact."

In the first two years of the gala, the South Asian community raised close to $400,000 to purchase urgently needed equipment for BC Children's Hospital. This year, money raised by the event goes toward the South Asian community's pledge to raise $3 million over five years to support the hospital's Campaign for BC Children.

"We are absolutely committed to this $3-million goal to support the construction of an interventional radiology room in the new children's hospital and A Night of Miracles has already taken us a big step closer to achieving it," said gala chair Robin Dhir. "Children deserve the best quality of medical care possible and it's our responsibility to ensure they get it."

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 National's Robin Gill and presented by co-sponsors Fasken Martineau and RBC Royal Bank with additional support from other sponsors. Dinner was created by executive chef Frank Gort and the evening featured performances by acrobat Amanda Shatzko and the Underground Circus. 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 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. ‚¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ’‚¬ Ãƒ¢€š¬€ž¢

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 $135 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.

For more information, contact:

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