Over 380 guests at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 33rd Annual Crystal Ball Gala, presented by Nicola Wealth, raised over $3.8 million and counting, to equip the hospital with its first suite of Next Generation Technologies. These innovative tools will enable experts at BC Children’s to peer into a child’s entire genetic makeup all at once, shining a light on the causes of unexplained conditions that have so long remained in the dark.
Each year, thousands of kids with unexplained genetic conditions visit BC Children’s Hospital. Many experience debilitating symptoms that affect their daily lives, but they have no answers for what's causing them. These children embark on exhausting journeys with their families that involve countless specialists and painful tests. But after months and sometimes even years of searching, they are often still left in the dark.
Next Generation Technologies can help families receive diagnoses faster than ever before and reduce the number of painful and invasive tests a child experiences. Discovering the underlying causes of genetic conditions can also inform personalized treatments, which may even lead to cures. In cases where there are no proven treatments, a diagnosis provides a family with a clearer picture of what their future holds.
This year also marks the final year for the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver as the hosting venue for the Crystal Ball.
"The generosity from the community is what allows us to continue to make great strides in our quest to elevate child health, and tonight, we've taken a huge leap forward."
—Teri Nicholas, President and CEO, BC Children's Hospital Foundation
2019 Crystal Ball Committee
The Crystal Ball gala committee is comprised of a group of dedicated women who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the Crystal Ball reaches its fundraising goal. Thank you to this generous group of individuals who volunteer to help ensure children across BC receive the best in care.
Jennifer Johnston, Chair
Isabelle Diamond, Lifetime Honorary Chair
Maria Freeman & Stephanie Miller, Silent Auction Co-Chairs
Tracey Wade, Live Auction Chair
"Wow, what an evening! We are honoured to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 33rd Annual Crystal Ball Gala, and to be a part of a transformative evening to help unmask a new era of care for BC's kids. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the donors, guests and volunteers who helped made the night an incredible success."
— David Sung, President of Nicola Wealth