May 23, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly take a look at the movers and shakers round city

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PAIN RELIEF: Arthritis Analysis Canada’s seventh annual ARThritis Soiree acquired a $2 million increase from B.C’s provincial authorities. Well being Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on the annual fundraiser, a lavish cocktail celebration, held at The Roof of the Fairmont Lodge Vancouver. The money injection catapulted the occasion’s closing tally to a file $2,355,000 in help of life-saving arthritis analysis.

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Chaired by Sandra Girard and Amanda Girling and introduced by MacDonald Realty, the affair introduced collectively the town’s enterprise, group and authorities leaders, in addition to philanthropists, medical doctors, scientists, well being care professionals, and lots of others who share an appreciation of artwork and a need to help arthritis analysis. This yr’s music theme handled visitors to a particular efficiency by arthritis champion Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy, who together with an all-star band sang a few of his best hits.

Greater than six million Canadians, together with 800,000 British Columbians of all ages stay with the ache and incapacity of arthritis. It’s reportedly the No. 1 trigger of labor incapacity and prices the Canadian financial system an estimated $33 billion per yr in price of remedy and misplaced productiveness.

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“By offering this funding, my ministry goals to assist Arthritis Analysis Canada proceed to enhance the lives of British Columbians residing with arthritis, and cut back the burden this illness locations on our well being care system,” Dix stated.

The Soirée is the signature occasion of Arthritis Analysis Canada (ARC), Headquartered in B.C. and steered by Dr. John Esdaile, Arthritis Analysis Canada’s Scientific Director. ARC is the biggest medical arthritis analysis establishment in North America.

“This occasion performs an essential function in creating consciousness concerning the greater than 100 types of arthritis and the way solely by way of arthritis analysis can we sort out the ache and incapacity skilled by tens of millions, younger and previous, who are suffering with this illness,” stated Esdaile.

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“Our analysis is concentrated on arthritis prevention, early analysis and higher remedy. Because of the beneficiant help of everybody who attended the ARThritis Soiree, and due to the funding present by the provincial authorities, we are able to proceed to alter lives.” provides Esdaile.

Gala chairs Sandra Girard and Amanda Girling welcomed the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, ARC Honourary Patron, to the yearly fundraiser staged at the Hotel Vancouver. Photo: Fred Lee.
Gala chairs Sandra Girard and Amanda Girling welcomed the Proper Honourable Beverley McLachlin, ARC Honourary Patron, to the yearly fundraiser staged on the Lodge Vancouver. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Arthritis Research Canada’s Dr. John Esdaile and event founder Naz Panahi were all smiles after getting a $2 million boost to their fundraising efforts from the Province of British Columbia. Photo: Fred Lee.
Arthritis Analysis Canada’s Dr. John Esdaile and occasion founder Naz Panahi have been all smiles after getting a $2 million increase to their fundraising efforts from the Province of British Columbia. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
ARC board of director Colin Hansen thanked B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix for the $2 million gift to help improve the lives of some 800,000 British Columbians living with arthritis. Photo: Fred Lee.
ARC board of director Colin Hansen thanked B.C. Well being Minister Adrian Dix for the $2 million present to assist enhance the lives of some 800,000 British Columbians residing with arthritis. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Chris Nelson and Diana Reid shared their personal journey of living with arthritis with party guests. The event would raise a record $2.35 million dollars for research, treatment and prevention initiatives. Photo: Fred Lee.
Chris Nelson and Diana Reid shared their private journey of residing with arthritis with celebration visitors. The occasion would elevate a file $2.35 million {dollars} for analysis, remedy and prevention initiatives. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

West Level Gray Academy Masquerade Ball

ARTS EDUCATION: After six years at Vancouver’s West Level Gray Academy and a 35-year profession in training, Head of Faculty Tam Matthews is retiring. Academy workers, college students, dad and mom and alumni of the Unbiased coed faculty gave the educator a becoming ship off on the academy’s annual profit, a masquerade themed affair. Led by Tracey Blackham, Jillian Dixon and Cheryl Araki, greater than 650 attendees crammed the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver ballroom to fundraise and bid farewell to their chief.

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Yours actually served as grasp of ceremonies on the faculty dinner and dance. Partygoers have been handled to a bubbly reception adopted by a luxurious wine paired dinner to gas raffle purchases, items of money and bidding on distinctive one-of-a-kind objects and experiences.

Within the spirited stay public sale, three coveted parking spots for a yr went for $40,000 every, bringing gala-goers to their ft. A David Hawksworth catered dinner for 10 served up an equally spectacular response fetching $30,000. Greater than $600,000 would finally be raised to go towards the growth of the junior and senior faculty’s Advantageous Arts and Performing Arts Program. .

Together with Hawksworth and his spouse Annabel, different notable West Level Gray Academy dad and mom attending the masked ball included latest B.C. Sports activities Corridor of Fame inductee Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canuck’s, and his spouse Marinette; Varshney Capital’s Praveen Varshney and his spouse Anuja; entrepreneur Dave Barnett and his spouse Sarah Ferguson; Cressey Improvement’s Hani Lamman and his spouse Megan, and West Coast Fishing Membership principal Brian Legge.

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Cheryl Araki, Tracey Blackham, and Jillian Dixon chaired West Point Grey Academy’s Masquerade Ball at Parq Vancouver. Photo: Fred Lee.
Cheryl Araki, Tracey Blackham, and Jillian Dixon chaired West Level Gray Academy’s Masquerade Ball at Parq Vancouver. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Retiring West Point Grey Academy Head of School Tam Matthews received well wishes from 650 guests including Stephen Anthony who will succeed him. Photo: Fred Lee.
Retiring West Level Gray Academy Head of Faculty Tam Matthews acquired nicely needs from 650 visitors together with Stephen Anthony who will succeed him. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Underscoring the importance of a performing arts education West Point Grey Academy music students Jack Anderson, Ayla Tesler-Rose and Charlie Rose, better known as Bad Weather performed at the school’s dinner and dance. Photo: Fred Lee.
Underscoring the significance of a performing arts training West Level Gray Academy music college students Jack Anderson, Ayla Tesler-Rose and Charlie Rose, higher generally known as Unhealthy Climate carried out on the faculty’s dinner and dance. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Celebrity Chef David Hawksworth and West Coast Fishing Club’s Brian Legge were among West Point Grey Academy parents who contributed to the event’s fundraising success. Photo: Fred Lee.
Superstar Chef David Hawksworth and West Coast Fishing Membership’s Brian Legge have been amongst West Level Gray Academy dad and mom who contributed to the occasion’s fundraising success. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Vancouver Canuck’s Daniel Sedin and his wife Marinette were among parents that came out to support the school and bid farewell to their Head of School Tam Matthews. Photo: Fred Lee.
Vancouver Canuck’s Daniel Sedin and his spouse Marinette have been amongst dad and mom that got here out to help the college and bid farewell to their Head of Faculty Tam Matthews. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Richmond Dawn Rotary Gala and Charity Public sale

SERVICE CALL: A staple on Richmond’s social calendar, the Richmond Dawn Rotary hosted its thirty first gala dinner and charity public sale on the Riverside Grand Ballroom. Rotary president Larry Thompson and public sale chair John Marquardt have been the grand marshall’s main this yr’s cost, a Rhinestone Cowboy themed affair. Cowboy stylish apparel, sequins and bling have been de rigour for some 500 cowboys and cowgirls that packed the group centre to assist make a optimistic distinction of their group and world wide.

Rooted within the perception charity begins at dwelling and repair above self, attendees demonstrated that in spades. The merrymaker would generate greater than $140,000 — a brand new fundraising customary — to help a bunch of packages within the Decrease Mainland and overseas.

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This yr’s featured charity was the Nurturing Empathy in Youngsters (NEIC), Roots of Empathy undertaking, a classroom program designed to cut back ranges of aggression and violence amongst schoolchildren whereas elevating emotional competence and growing empathy. Youngsters establish and mirror on their very own emotions, and emotions of others as they work together with a child and its mom over a time frame.

The emotional literacy pilot would gather $24,000 within the name out for money. This yr, a complete of 35 organizations will profit from the Rotarians good work. Beneficiaries embody Turning Level Restoration, Richmond Meals Financial institution and B.C. Alberta Information Canines. Since its inception, the Richmond Dawn chapter — considered one of 35,000 Rotary Golf equipment world wide — has disbursed greater than $1.2 million to charitable organizations regionally and internationally.

Rotary president Larry Thompson and Diane Dupuis were among a well dressed and well heeled crowd that helped rustle up $140,000 for local and international charities. Photo: Fred Lee.
Rotary president Larry Thompson and Diane Dupuis have been amongst a nicely dressed and nicely heeled crowd that helped rustle up $140,000 for native and worldwide charities. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Richmond city councillor Alexa Loo was among 500 cowboys and cowgirls that attended Rotarian John Marquardt’s Rhinestone Cowboy themed gala and charity auction. Photo: Fred Lee.
Richmond metropolis councillor Alexa Lavatory was amongst 500 cowboys and cowgirls that attended Rotarian John Marquardt’s Rhinestone Cowboy themed gala and charity public sale. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
At the Richmond rotarian romp they sponsored Burnaby Blacktop’s Adrian Alblas and his wife Olga had more reason to kick up their heels after winning the hefty 50/50 draw. Photo: Fred Lee.
On the Richmond rotarian romp they sponsored Burnaby Blacktop’s Adrian Alblas and his spouse Olga had extra cause to kick up their heels after profitable the hefty 50/50 draw. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

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