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29TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL BALL
On November 20, more than 400 of the province’s top business moguls and philanthropists were immersed in a Persian paradise at the 29th annual Crystal Ball, presented by Beedie Development Group. The generous crowd raised more than $1.45 million to launch the Children’s Healing Experience Project. This $6-million initiative will ensure that all aspects of the care and environment in the new Teck Acute Care Centre support the healing process of generations of BC’s children. The Crystal Ball committee, led by chair Arya Eshghi, treated guests to the delectable Persian-inspired culinary creations of Venue Sponsor Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, paired with wines from Painted Rock Estate Winery. The event was made possible by Crystal Sponsors Canaccord Genuity, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar and Wesgroup; Airfare Sponsor Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation; Entertainment Sponsor New Gold; Champagne & Caviar Reception Sponsors Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating and Tracey Jackson Law Corporation; and Photo Booth Sponsor AirSprint Private Aviation.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
The 2015 Festival of Trees Vancouver at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and CF Pacific Centre raised more than $135,800 for BC Children’s Hospital, thanks to generous sponsors and festival-goers. The People’s Choice Award went to Teekay Shipping’s “Snoopy Tree.” Meanwhile, the Festival of Trees in Victoria, held at The Bay Centre, raised more than $138,000. Three other community-led Festival of Trees events took place around the province as well. The Nanaimo festival raised $6,275; Sooke brought in $1,200 and Osoyoos raised $6,277. Congratulations and thank you to all sponsors, donors and volunteers!  Victoria’s Bay Centre looking magical with trees lining the hallways during Festival of Trees.
2016 FOR CHILDREN WE CARE GALA
Presented by Aspac Developments Ltd., the 21st annual For Children We Care gala on January 23 raised an astounding $500,000 for the Children’s Healing Experience Project – an initiative to promote healing and reduce patient anxiety at the new BC Children’s Hospital. Organized by caring members in the Chinese-Canadian community, this annual black tie gala attracted more than 550 guests to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
A NIGHT OF MIRACLES
On November 7, the seventh annual A Night of Miracles, co-presented by Fasken Martineau and RBC, raised $315,000 toward the purchase of anesthesia machines to be used in the current hospital and in the Teck Acute Care Centre when it opens in 2017. Guests enjoyed the culinary delights of Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown’s executive chef Frank Gort and Vikram Vij of Vij’s Restaurant. The event was made possible by Auction Sponsor Port Metro Vancouver and Evening Sponsors KPMG, Nature’s Path Foods and Twin Brook Developments Ltd. Thank you to all donors, sponsors, guests and volunteers for making the gala a success. To attend the 2016 gala or to learn more about A Night of Miracles, please visit www.anightofmiracles.ca.
STEPHANIE CARLSON APPOINTED ROYAL CIRCLE AMBASSADOR
Stephanie Carlson, a long-serving volunteer with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and leadership donor, has been appointed inaugural Royal Circle Ambassador. In this role, she will support the foundation’s efforts to recognize Royal Circle members (individuals, family foundations and/or privately held corporations who have contributed $1 million or more). Stephanie, who has been a member of the board, a Governor, and a Society member, recently received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Created in 1995, it recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others to build a smarter and more caring nation. Everyone, from volunteers and caregivers to donors, who has worked with Stephanie has been inspired by her incredible generosity, enthusiasm and dedication. Congratulations and thank you, Stephanie, for your steadfast support!
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