May 23, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly have a look at the movers and shakers of Metro Vancouver society

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WORLD PEACE: Jennifer Packet was topped this 12 months’s Miss Chinese language Vancouver 2019. The 22-year-old UBC graduate lately bested 9 different gifted contestants to earn the title, punching her ticket to the Miss Chinese language Worldwide Pageant to compete in opposition to delegates from all around the world. A pageant with a goal, B.C. Most cancers was this 12 months’s beneficiary of the wonder contest which celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary.

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Previous to the pageant’s reside broadcast, gala chairs Glynnis Chan, Might Ho and Shella Keung steered the gala dinner serving to increase $460,000 for B.C. Most cancers and the acquisition of main state-of-the-art radiation gear. With some 700 viewers members within the room, the group was moved when B.C. Most cancers affected person and Vancouver resident Carmen Hou took the stage to share her private most cancers journey. Going through most cancers whereas nursing a new child, the then 32-year-old was identified with stage IV breast most cancers.

Hou started chemotherapy therapy and went on to have a mastectomy of her left breast. Surgeons additionally eliminated 20 lymph nodes from her underneath arm, ten of which had been cancerous. She has adopted up with two varieties of radiation and commenced a drug trial this winter. Whereas the most cancers isn’t rising, she’s additionally not in remission.

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“With out the therapy and care I’ve acquired at B.C. Most cancers, which donors make potential, I might not be standing right here earlier than you,” stated Hou, now 35.

“I’ve been gifted extra time with my household due to the life-saving therapies I’ve acquired at B.C. Most cancers, together with precision radiation.”

Hou’s shifting story compelled the well-heeled crowd in attendance to assist the trigger. A particular Dom Pérignon dinner that includes classic bottles from the enduring champagne home coupled with a dinner curated by Vancouver firefighter and celeb chef Michael Varga offered for $25,000, sparkplugging the five-lot reside public sale. The continuing name for money noticed Lions Golf equipment Worldwide cleared the path with a beneficiant $100,000 match donation.

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“We’re grateful to everybody who generously donated to assist convey progressive radiation gear to B.C. Most cancers, giving better hope to the greater than 80,000 British Columbians going through most cancers,” stated Sarah Roth, president and CEO, B.C. Most cancers Basis.

“This state-of-the-art gear can have a considerably optimistic impact for sufferers, notably helpful for pediatric and breast most cancers sufferers, lowering therapy setup time, decreasing danger of lacking the goal and radiation of wholesome tissue.”

Cecilia Heung and Dom Perignon ambassador Vivian Tsang enjoyed the pre-pageant gala and auction that saw Tsang’s Dom Perignon and Chef Michael Varga collaborative dinner fetch $25,000 in the live auction. Photo: Fred Lee.
Cecilia Heung and Dom Perignon ambassador Vivian Tsang loved the pre-pageant gala and public sale that noticed Tsang’s Dom Perignon and Chef Michael Varga collaborative dinner fetch $25,000 within the reside public sale. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Runners-up Winnie Zheng and Danni Jia flank Jennifer Packet, the 2019 Miss Chines Vancouver pageant winner. Photo: Fred Lee.
Runners-up Winnie Zheng and Danni Jia flank Jennifer Packet, the 2019 Miss Chines Vancouver pageant winner. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Pageant gala chairs Glynnis Chan, May Ho and Shella Keung helped raise $460,000 for B.C. Cancer and the purchase of leading state-of-the-art radiation equipment. Photo: Fred Lee.
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Pageant gala chairs Glynnis Chan, Might Ho and Shella Keung helped increase $460,000 for B.C. Most cancers and the acquisition of main state-of-the-art radiation gear. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Perusing the pageant’s silent auction items were local Chinese leaders and philanthropists Stella Chan and Pao Yao Koo. Photo: Fred Lee.
Perusing the pageant’s silent public sale gadgets had been native Chinese language leaders and philanthropists Stella Chan and Pao Yao Koo. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Xmas duel

PITCH PERFECT: Described as B.C.’s largest carolling competitors, 15 groups of aggressive carollers battled it out for singing supremacy at Xmas Duel.

Impressed by Seattle’s Figgy Pudding singing contest, the fifth staging noticed the family-friendly outside occasion transfer from its unique Gastown digs to the roomier Vancouver Artwork Gallery Plaza. Offered by the Bloom Group and the Downtown Vancouver Enterprise Enchancment Affiliation, lots of of choral lovers packed the general public sq. to cheer on their favorite group on the annual sing-off, whereas supporting Might’s Place.

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Choirs fundraised to punch their ticket to the perfect in present, whereas attendees bought a poll for $5 to vote for his or her favorite carollers. Earlier than the winners had been introduced, a reported $60,000 was collected for Western Canada’s first free standing hospice. The six-bed hospice offering compassionate finish of life take care of folks dwelling with psychological well being points and addictions is situated on Powell Road in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Along with the folks’s alternative, a panel of judges together with Elektra Ladies’s Refrain creative Director Morna Edmundson, Miss 604 social media maven Rebecca Bollwitt and former Vancouver metropolis councillor Heather Deal chosen winners of probably the most inventive and greatest vocal carolling group. St. George’s Junior Faculty Choir gained the Folks’s Alternative Award. The group additionally took dwelling Finest Youth Choir honours. The Sizzling Toddies picked up Finest Vocal Efficiency whereas Notre Dame Platinum Ladies efficiency was declared the Most Inventive.

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“Due to all our sponsors and particularly the choirs and their supporters for testing their vocal skills in assist of Might’s Place Hospice,” stated Lesley Anderson, Xmas Duel Venture Supervisor. “Xmas Duel is an excellent occasion welcoming folks of all skills to return out to sing, hear and benefit from the neighborhood celebration of music.”

Yule Duel project manager Lesley Anderson welcomed featured guest performer Marcus Moseley to B.C.’s largest carolling competition. Photo: Fred Lee.
Xmas Duel challenge supervisor Lesley Anderson welcomed featured visitor performer Marcus Moseley to B.C.’s largest carolling competitors. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Judges Morna Edmundson, Heather Deal and Kathie Marteinsson had the difficult task of selecting this year’s choral winners. Photo: Fred Lee.
Judges Morna Edmundson, Heather Deal and Kathie Marteinsson had the tough process of choosing this 12 months’s choral winners. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Global B.C.’s Jennifer Palma and the Bloom Group’s Liz Barnett fronted the fifth annual Yule Duel carolling competition that saw $60,000 collected for May’s Hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Photo: Fred Lee.
International B.C.’s Jennifer Palma and the Bloom Group’s Liz Barnett fronted the fifth annual Xmas Duel carolling competitors that noticed $60,000 collected for Might’s Hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Making spirits vivid, from UBC, again row: Mika Han, Magdalen Hamilton and Davis Tune; entrance row: Stephen Juwono, Jessie Lam and Charlotte Choi had been amongst 15 carolling teams that participated within the vacation sing-off on the Vancouver Artwork Gallery Plaza. Picture: Fred Lee.


Lattimer Gallery Bentwood Field Public sale & Reception

BOXING SALE: Peter Lattimer, proprietor of the Lattimer Gallery, hosted his annual Charity Bentwood Field Public sale & Reception on the Museum of Vancouver. 13 award-winning and up-and-coming Indigenous artists participated within the charity occasion remodeling clean cedar bentwood bins into lovely artworks.

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For the previous dozen years Lattimer has organized the Bentwood Field sale to assist assist the City Native Youth Affiliation, a Vancouver group offering prevention targeted packages and companies to Native youth since 1988.

Corrine Hunt, designer of the Vancouver Olympic medals in 2010, celebrated mural artist KC Corridor, and Michelle Stoney, recipient of the 2019 B.C. Achievement Award in First Nations Artwork, had been amongst this 12 months’s gifted artists who donated their time and expertise creating the coveted bins for public sale. Stoney’s Octopus and Raven creation garnered the night’s prime bid, contributing to a reported $83,000 haul for UNYA. For the reason that occasion’s creation, greater than $550,000 has been raised.

Artist Roger Smith was one of 13 Indigenous artists who participated in Peter Lattimer’s annual Bentwood Box Auction. Since its inception, the event has generated more than $550,000 for local charities. Photo: Fred Lee.
Artist Roger Smith was one among 13 Indigenous artists who participated in Peter Lattimer’s annual Bentwood Field Public sale. Since its inception, the occasion has generated greater than $550,000 for native charities. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
UNYA project manager Elizabeth Adams thanked Museum of Vancouver CEO Mauro Vescera for hosting the annual Bentwood Box Auction and Reception. The 13th staging would raise a reported $83,000. Photo: Fred Lee.
UNYA challenge supervisor Elizabeth Adams thanked Museum of Vancouver CEO Mauro Vescera for internet hosting the annual Bentwood Field Public sale and Reception. The thirteenth staging would increase a reported $83,000. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Haida artist Corey Bulpitt lent his support to the charity auction that benefitted executive director Sheryl Robinson’s Urban Native Youth Association in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Photo: Fred Lee.
Haida artist Corey Bulpitt lent his assist to the charity public sale that benefitted government director Sheryl Robinson’s City Native Youth Affiliation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Malia Terry and Lattimer Gallery’s Emma DelliCarpini displayed one of the beautiful Bentwood Boxes that went on the charity auction block. Photo: Fred Lee.
Malia Terry and Lattimer Gallery’s Emma DelliCarpini displayed one of many lovely Bentwood Packing containers that went on the charity public sale block. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Arts publicist Helen Yagi coveted Roger Smith’s Vancouver Canucks inspired Bentwood Box. Photo: Fred Lee.
Arts publicist Helen Yagi coveted Roger Smith’s Vancouver Canucks impressed Bentwood Field. Picture: Fred Lee.  Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

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