Frequently Asked Questions

This year’s Crystal Ball will be held on Saturday, November 20th and will feature both a live streamed program for our at-home guests, as well as an in-person option for those comfortable with joining us at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. As part of this year’s gala, hosted by Chris Gailus and Fred Lee, you will learn from our patient families, researchers, and clinicians; browse and bid in our exclusive silent and live auction, and enjoy unique entertainment.

In accordance with BC Public Health Orders, all guests at the Fairmont Pacific Rim will need to complete a COVID Self-Assessment prior to attendance and will require proof of double-vaccination at the event. Guests will be asked to follow current masking guidelines while attending the event.

Our in-person event will also have a reduced capacity. We will be live-streaming our in-person event to those guests joining us from home, ensuring that all our guests stay connected on the evening.

This year, we continue our quest to conquer childhood cancers by raising critical funds to further research into personalized medicine, ensure the best and brightest experts are here at BC Children’s Hospital, and to provide families with the emotional support they need to travel this journey. With you by our side, we dare to dream of a future where every child battling cancer survives and thrives. Please see our “Cause”’ page for more details.


At BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the health and safety of our guests always comes first. Should you feel comfortable hosting a small group of guests in your home, please ensure you follow these important guidelines as outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control when gathering for our event.

All $1,000 reserved tickets are based on one guest. We ask that if you are hosting others in your home, each guest purchases a ticket to ensure the quality of the event experience and fulfillment of your food and beverage package. You may also choose to purchase our Circle of Care Package.

Tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the tickets. Confirmation of tax receipt amount will be provided 4-6 weeks after your purchase.

Easy how-to guide to access the virtual gala for optimal viewing experience.

To enjoy the full gala experience, cast the gala broadcast to your TV so you can have your phone or tablet ready to donate or bid on auction items.

Apple TV: Click here for instructions on how to cast if you have an Apple TV.

Chromecast: Click here for instructions on how to cast if you have a Google Chromecast.

HDMI Cable:  If you don’t have a casting device, you can connect your PC to your TV using an HDMI cable. Plug one end into an HDMI port on the back of your TV and the other into the HDMI port on your laptop or desktop. Switch the TV to the necessary input and join us.

If these options don’t work for you, simply set your computer up in a comfortable spot and enjoy the show. Still need help? Contact us at or call our support line at 778.654.7906 between 6 and 9:30 PM.

Black-tie, formal evening attire

Event valet parking is available for $29 (plus tax)

Yes, our generous hotel partner, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, invites you to enhance your Crystal Ball evening experience with the ultimate staycation at this luxurious property.
• Special Crystal Ball rate of $360 per night on November 20
• City view room with upgrades available for an additional charge at time of booking

To book your staycation, please call 1-800-257-7544 and advise reservations you’re attending Crystal Ball.

At-home guests gala box(es) will be delivered via contactless drop-off to the address provided, Saturday, November 20 between 11 AM and 5 PM. If you have any questions please email or contact Laura at 604.346.9164. Meals will need to be reheated and will come with detailed warming and plating instructions.

If you have further questions please contact the gala team at, we will be happy to help.

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