May 23, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly have a look at the movers and shakers in Vancouver social scene

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MISSION POSSIBLE: Joelle Paleologou is aware of first-hand how crucial it’s to fund new working suites at White Rock’s Peace Arch Hospital. Two years in the past, whereas ready in a B.C. Ferries lineup, she skilled a twisted colon on account of scar tissue from therapy of colon most cancers. She was rushed to Peace Arch for emergency surgical procedure however there have been no obtainable working rooms. Whereas ready, and in excruciating ache, Paleologou suffered a second obstruction earlier than an working room lastly opened up.

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Peace Arch Hospital saved her life and Paleologou is giving again, wanting to make sure each household in her neighborhood has entry to the easiest care once they want it probably the most. She would lead the hospital basis’s largest night time. Together with co-chair Siobhan Philips and a devoted group of volunteers, they welcomed a capability crowd who convened at Centennial Area to help the inspiration’s efforts to construct 5 new state-of-the-art surgical suites for the hospital.

An interstellar-themed affair, attendees have been transported to a different galaxy for an “out-of-this-world expertise.” Produced by Vicki Brydon and FMAV Productions and offered by Neil & Lisa Yarmoshuk, the occasion delivered. No expense was spared to offer company a really galactic expertise. Earlier than dinner and the numerous fundraising video games, company visited Captain Kirk’s oxygen bar, sipped bespoke cocktails in Spock’s Martian-tini lounge and hobnobbed with Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and different celestial creatures who roamed the room.

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After many selfies, everybody lastly settled into their seats to take pleasure in a royal repast curated by the 4 Seasons Resort and performances by Lumadrome and opera singer Evgenia Laguna. Native hospital do-gooders Vern and Helga Hoing as soon as once more led the fundraising cost. The couple’s $100,000 reward announcement unleashed a torrent of donations throughout the paddle increase. Practically $500,000 can be collected. Coupled with proceeds from a spirited stay public sale, raffle, ticket gross sales and sponsorships, the House Odyssey would safe the inspiration practically $900,000 for its efforts.

“Could the fourth was a incredible night time of philanthropy,” stated Stephanie Beck, Peace Arch Hospital Basis’s government director. “With tonight’s proceeds, we’ve got now reached practically $8 million of our $12 million fundraising dedication to construct 5 model new surgical suites for our neighborhood.”

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Jolene Laing accompanied Geoff Funke, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation board chair, to the foundation’s biggest night. Led by the foundation’s Vicki Brydon, the event raised nearly $900,000 to go towards the building of five new surgical suites for the hospital. Photo: Fred Lee.
Jolene Laing accompanied Geoff Funke, Peace Arch Hospital Basis board chair, to the inspiration’s largest night time. Led by the inspiration’s Vicki Brydon, the occasion raised practically $900,000 to go in the direction of the constructing of 5 new surgical suites for the hospital. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Peace Arch Hospital emergency physician Dr. Amir Behboudi and his wife Katie dressed for the Space Odyssey themed affair. Photo: Fred Lee.
Peace Arch Hospital emergency doctor Dr. Amir Behboudi and his spouse Katie dressed for the House Odyssey themed affair. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Peace Arch Hospital Foundation executive director Stephanie Beck thanked local philanthropist Vern Hoing for his gift of $100,000. He and his wife Helga have donated a total of $2 million to the White Rock Hospital. Photo: Fred Lee.
Peace Arch Hospital Basis government director Stephanie Beck thanked native philanthropist Vern Hoing for his reward of $100,000. He and his spouse Helga have donated a complete of $2 million to the White Rock Hospital. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
SPACE SUITS: Paintertainment models Amelia Stibbs and Sabrina Whitford welcomed guests to the sold-out interstellar soiree held at Centennial Arena in White Rock. Photo: Fred Lee.
SPACE SUITS: Paintertainment fashions Amelia Stibbs and Sabrina Whitford welcomed company to the sold-out interstellar soiree held at Centennial Area in White Rock. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Local residents Wayne and Jeri Cox mugged with Darth Vadar and Storm trooper at the May 4th fundraiser for Peace Arch Hospital. Photo: Fred Lee.
Native residents Wayne and Jeri Cox mugged with Darth Vadar and Storm trooper on the Could 4th fundraiser for Peace Arch Hospital. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Gown for Success twentieth Anniversary Gala

FASHION FORWARD: For 20 years, Gown for Success Vancouver has helped 35,000 ladies transition again to the workforce by offering them with skilled apparel, mentoring, profession providers and abilities improvement coaching. Certainly one of 150-plus chapters worldwide empowering ladies, the Vancouver department marked its twentieth anniversary with a $200-a-ticket birthday celebration on the Regency Lexus Dealership in Vancouver. A chance to have a good time its previous and look forward to the long run, greater than 300 company filed into the Burrard Road showroom to mark the foremost milestone.

World TV’s Jennifer Palma and yours actually fronted the Impression 360 festivities, offered by BlueShore Monetary. Newly appointed DFS government director Amy Robichaud welcomed alumnae and supporters together with Vancouver’s most influential enterprise and neighborhood leaders to the night time of trend and fundraising. The room was reworked right into a Roaring 20s Speakeasy for the agency’s flagship occasion. Attendees loved craft cocktails and culinary delights courtesy of the Lazy Connoisseur earlier than taking within the fundamental occasion, a signature trend present that includes 9 current graduates of Gown for Success’ skilled improvement and abilities coaching program.

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Chatting with her private restoration and journey again from unemployment and darkness, Gown for Ambassador Stella Panagiotidis, the night’s keynote, spark plugged fundraising efforts. A stay public sale and name out for money would contribute to a reported file haul of $130,000, making certain extra ladies have the alternatives for fulfillment.

“Gown for Success has been an integral a part of my self-actualization,” shares Panagiotidis, addressing the capability crowd. “I joined DFS searching for private route, solutions and help of my profession. What I didn’t anticipate was the optimistic ripple impact that will seep into each space of my life.”

“Gown for Success has performed a key function in reworking lives and stewarding a wholesome and rising economic system via making certain larger financial inclusion of ladies,” stated Robichaud.

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“I see not solely 35,000 particular person tales of empowerment, I additionally see greater than $1 billion put instantly again in to the economic system within the Decrease Mainland via salaries. I see virtually half a billion in financial savings for employers cost-per-hire because of our job retention packages and practically as a lot in development because of our skilled improvement and profession providers.”

Dress for Success Vancouver executive director Amy Robichaud, board chair Carla Wood, and board member Martine Cunliffe welcomed guests to the chapter’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Fred Lee.
Gown for Success Vancouver government director Amy Robichaud, board chair Carla Wooden, and board member Martine Cunliffe welcomed company to the chapter’s twentieth anniversary celebrations. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Style writer Susie Wall and Global TV”s Jennifer Palma orchestrated the fashion show featuring Dress for Success Vancouver graduates. Photo: Fred Lee.
Model author Susie Wall and World TV”s Jennifer Palma orchestrated the style present that includes Gown for Success Vancouver graduates. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
STRUTTING SUCCESS: Dress for Success Vancouver graduates Vivian Liu, Kate Brunger and Stella Panagiotidis strutted their stuff to help other women build their confidence and access employment opportunities. Photo: Fred Lee.
STRUTTING SUCCESS: Gown for Success Vancouver graduates Vivian Liu, Kate Brunger and Stella Panagiotidis strutted their stuff to assist different ladies construct their confidence and entry employment alternatives. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Once again outfitting the Dress for Success models were Turnabout Luxury Resale team of Joy Mauro, Lili Sablay and Ashley Greeff. Photo: Fred Lee.
As soon as once more outfitting the Gown for Success fashions have been Turnabout Luxurious Resale staff of Pleasure Mauro, Lili Sablay and Ashley Greeff. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Dress for Success Vancouver board member Patricia Chew thanked BlueShore Financial’s Armita Seyedalikhani for their presenting sponsorship of the firm’s flagship fundraiser and gala. Photo: Fred Lee.
Gown for Success Vancouver board member Patricia Chew thanked BlueShore Monetary’s Armita Seyedalikhani for his or her presenting sponsorship of the agency’s flagship fundraiser and gala. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Vancouver Port Authority’s Emily Hamer and Urban Development Institute’s Anne McMullin were among Vancouver’s influential leaders that came out for the night of fashion and fundraising. Photo: Fred Lee.
Vancouver Port Authority’s Emily Hamer and City Improvement Institute’s Anne McMullin have been amongst Vancouver’s influential leaders that got here out for the night time of trend and fundraising. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Skilled Fireplace Fighters Burn Fund Responders Dinner

HOT RELATIONSHIP: 2007 was a really vital yr for Capilano Group’s Nancy Stibbard. That was the yr her Capilano Suspension Bridge Park struck a lifelong relationship with the B.C. Skilled Fireplace Fighter’s Burn Fund.

A 46-ton tree fell on to the bridge, closing the favored vacationer attraction for 5 months. On the similar time, extreme winter storms brought about main harm to the Burn Fund’s vacation marketing campaign Vibrant Nights in Stanley Park negatively impacting donations. To have a good time Capilano’s reopening, a fundraiser was held for the Burn Fund so it might proceed to ship crucial prevention packages, enhanced medical care and important burn survivor providers. It was the start of a fantastic courtship.

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Stibbard has been supporting the Burn Fund ever since. From funding analysis led by Dr. Aziz Ghahary, a specialist in wound therapeutic, to the constructing of a brand new Burn Fund Centre in Vancouver, Stibbard has been a steadfast champion. Her donations have exceeded extra half one million {dollars}. For her generosity and dedication to the Burn Fund, Stibbard and the Capilano Group was acknowledged on the B.C. Skilled Fireplace Fighters’ fourth annual Responder Dinner.

Led as soon as once more by Burn Fund government director Lisa Lacamell and director Graeme Currie, this yr’s charity dinner attracted 200 company to the Terminal Metropolis Membership for the night time of recognition, celebration and fundraising. Stibbard would proceed her giving methods. Within the stay public sale, the Firefighters’ all the time coveted Fireplace within the Kitchen culinary bundle would garner the night time’s prime bid. Coupled with ticket gross sales, sponsorships and money donations, the night would see greater than $150,000 collected on the annual merry maker.

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Since 1978, the Burn Fund has been a registered charity of the B.C. Skilled Firefighters Affiliation, a company supported by the province’s 4,000 firefighters. The Burn Fund Centre offers a supportive and nurturing non permanent dwelling for out-of-town recovering burn and trauma survivors. The Centre options eight short-term keep furnished suites, together with widespread areas, together with a kids’s play space, massive household kitchen and neighborhood room. The Centre additionally provides burn and security instructional sources and packages. Greater than 150 households have been accommodated because the constructing’s opening.

FIRST RATE RESPONSE: Responders Dinner honouree Nancy Stibbard of the Capilano Group received congratulations from Burn Fund executive director Lisa Beck. Stibbard has donated more than $500,000 to the Burn Fund. Photo: Fred Lee.
FIRST RATE RESPONSE: Responders Dinner honouree Nancy Stibbard of the Capilano Group acquired congratulations from Burn Fund government director Lisa Beck. Stibbard has donated greater than $500,000 to the Burn Fund. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Steering the fourth annual Responders Dinner at the Terminal City Club were Burn Fund board president Gord Ditchburn, VP Ray Boucher and Secretary Treasurer Todd Schierling. More than $150,000 was raised to support critical prevention programs, enhanced medical care and vital survivor services. Photo: Fred Lee.
Steering the fourth annual Responders Dinner on the Terminal Metropolis Membership have been Burn Fund board president Gord Ditchburn, VP Ray Boucher and Secretary Treasurer Todd Schierling. Greater than $150,000 was raised to help crucial prevention packages, enhanced medical care and important survivor providers. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Jennifer Podmore-Russell thanked child burn survivor Keira McKenzie for her philanthropic efforts. The eleven year old raised $10,000 to ensure more kids like her can go to the special summer camp. Photo: Fred Lee.
Jennifer Podmore-Russell thanked youngster burn survivor Keira McKenzie for her philanthropic efforts. The eleven yr outdated raised $10,000 to make sure extra youngsters like her can go to the particular summer season camp. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

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