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This is the Galas Category

Vancouver’s charity gala events and fundraisers


Global TV’s Deb Hope Hosts Amica Rock n Roll 50s Gala

Posted: November 19, 2012 

Global TV’s Deb Hope Hosts Amica Rock n Roll 50s Gala Remember the days of poodle skirts, drive-ins and 50s style rock n' roll? Then good for you Peggy Sue, because you would have fit right in at the fourth annual Amica Helping Hands Gala. Guests dressed in their nostalgic best at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver to rock the night away to raise funds for the program which helps supports seniors in need, especially during the upcoming holiday season where ...more

Whistler’s Cornucopia 2012 Parties, Wines and Food

Posted: November 13, 2012 

Whistler’s Cornucopia 2012 Parties, Wines and Food For the last 10+ years now I've had the privilege of attending Whistler's annual Cornucopia festival of food and wine. Not for the faint of heart, those who venture beyond Cornucopia's serious side will find a high energy, full throttle weekend affair full of alcohol and after hours activities that go well into the wee hours of the night. So, as expected, this year's organizers stopped at nothing to put ...more

JDRF Rockin’ for Research Gatsby Glamour Gala

Posted: November 12, 2012 

JDRF Rockin’ for Research Gatsby Glamour Gala Flappers and fringes, jazz and joviality. It was time to put your best foot forward this month for the 13th Annual Rockin' for Research, Gatsby Glamour gala night. Benefitting the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), this perennial event was founded by local rock band Loverboy in an effort to find a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes. Today, it is one of Vancouver's premiere charity nights. Also honoured at this ...more

West Vancouver Library Gala 2012 Passport to Spain

Posted: November 5, 2012 

West Vancouver Library Gala 2012 Passport to Spain The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation held its signature gala event last week. A Passport to Spain was the theme as guests mixed and mingled among the books enjoying tapas, live entertainment, fabulous food and fashions. One of the main highlights included a live Flamenco performance by dancers from the Karen Pitkethly Flamenco group. Overall, the event raised close to $82,000 which will go to support the many programs and ...more

Actor Ed Begley Jr Goes Green at Real Estate Awards and Gift of Time Gala

Posted: October 29, 2012 

Actor Ed Begley Jr Goes Green at Real Estate Awards and Gift of Time Gala You might remember him best from his role in St. Elsewhere or from his comedy roles in Christopher Guest movies like This is Spinal Tap, but actor Ed Begley Jr is also a lean, green, environmental machine who says that his biggest responsibility is helping out Mother Nature. Speaking at the Real Estate Foundation of BC's 2012 Land Awards last week, the Hollywood star was the toast of the night. ...more

Vancouver International Film Festival Parties 2012

Posted: October 8, 2012 

Vancouver International Film Festival Parties 2012 The 31st Annual Vancouver International Film Festival wraps up this week after 16 days of memorable films, fun and faces. Known for being a festival of substance, the event featured over 380 films from all over the world organized into series like Canadian Images, Dragons & Tigers, International Shorts and Cinema of our Time. Still, no festival is complete without a few red carpet parties and premiere galas. Check out ...more

KidSport Dinner in the Park Gala Vancouver

Posted: September 17, 2012 

KidSport Dinner in the Park Gala Vancouver   Last week, I had the honour of returning from Europe aboard the same flight as our Canadian Paralympians fresh from their London 2012 experience. Little did I know that later that same week I would have the chance to dine with them and their Olympic compatriots at the first annual KidSport Dinner in the Park gala fundraiser. Gold, silver and bronze medals were everywhere as guests got a chance to ...more

Whistler Film Fest Attracts Local Celebs

Posted: July 23, 2012 

Whistler Film Fest Attracts Local Celebs It was lights, camera, action on the North Shore recently as local celebs, actors, directors and more came out to the Whistler Film Festival's "On Location" gala. Held at the North Shore Studios in North Vancouver, the evening included a glamorous red carpet arrival, food, cocktails and live entertainment by Cover Me Canada finalist and Whistler singer Ali Milner. But take out your calendars because you won't want to miss ...more

Night at the Aquarium 6th Annual Gala in Vancouver

Posted: July 9, 2012 

Night at the Aquarium 6th Annual Gala in Vancouver The penguins weren't the only ones dressed in tuxedos recently as the Vancouver Aquarium held its' 6th annual Night at the Aquarium gala fundraiser. The champagne and caviar were also plentiful, as were the offerings from many of Vancouver's top restaurants and wineries who all came out to support the many programs and services offered by one of Vancouver's most popular places. A live mermaid greeted guests at the door ...more

West Vancouver Chamber Presidents Dinner and Business Awards

Posted: June 25, 2012 

West Vancouver Chamber Presidents Dinner and Business Awards The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held their President's Dinner and business awards this month at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club. The evening was an elegant affair where business owners, council members and friends got a chance to socialize and enjoy a formal night out. An elegant buffet dinner, followed by the awards ceremony was also marked by a special presentation in honour of West Vancouver's 100 centennial and an ...more

CeeLo Green Headlines Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala

Posted: June 24, 2012 

CeeLo Green Headlines Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala It was a night of full throttle glitz and glamour last weekend as the 7th Annual Brian Jessel BMW Charity Gala "Cabriolet" was held. Featuring a live performance by "The Voice" star and musician CeeLo Green, the evening helped raise funds for Arts Umbrella, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Lots of North Shore folks were in attendance to lend their support as they enjoyed ...more

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Headline Kay Meek Centre Gala

Posted: June 17, 2012 

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Headline Kay Meek Centre Gala Last week it was a toast to The Meek at one of West Vancouver's best gala events. "Two Men, No Script: An evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood" was held to celebrate the Kay Meek's Centre annual gala fundraiser. A Champagne reception, followed by an evening of laughter and comedy improv, had everyone smiling. VIP guests were treated to a special meet-and-greet following the show where the two stars ...more

Odd Squad Gala and City Library Librations Event

Posted: June 10, 2012 

Odd Squad Gala and City Library Librations Event Spring gala events continued all over town this past week as two special events stepped up to raise money for some very worthwhile causes. First up, the Odd Squad Productions Society 2012 Gala Fundraiser was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a sold out crowd. Founded in 1997 by seven determined Officers of the Vancouver Police Department, the Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) first started scaring kids straight with ...more

Junior Achievement British Columbia Business Laureates and Hall of Fame Gala at Hotel Vancouver

Posted: June 4, 2012 

Junior Achievement British Columbia Business Laureates and Hall of Fame Gala at Hotel Vancouver Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) played host to over 700 prominent Vancouver business leaders last week at the 7th Annual Business Laureates of British Columbia gala dinner and "Business Hall of Fame" induction ceremonies. Held at the Hotel Vancouver, guests were treated to a five-star dinner and an evening of socializing which included a special segment dedicated to young up-and-coming business minds. Welcomed into the Business Hall of Fame ...more

Richard Branson in Vancouver and Real Housewives at Dining for Dreams Gala

Posted: May 27, 2012 

Richard Branson in Vancouver and Real Housewives at Dining for Dreams Gala It was a British invasion of sorts last week as Sir Richard Branson was back in Vancouver for the launch of Virgin Atlantic. Branson became one of the city's most overexposed as he arrived in style on the jet early morning to greet Premier Christy Clark. Then it was lunch with the Board of Trade followed by a charity photo op with Glee star Cory Monteith. A private VIP evening ...more

Heart of Gold Gala Glitters in West Vancouver for Heart and Stroke

Posted: May 21, 2012 

Heart of Gold Gala Glitters in West Vancouver for Heart and Stroke They say all that glitters is not gold, but when it comes to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, that simply isn't true. Last week, at the stunning West Vancouver waterfront home of Goldcorp CEO Ian Telfer, invited guests raised a glass to one of this year's most important, and most glittery, upcoming fundraising events. Committee members from the Heart of Gold gala were on hand for a pre-gala toast to ...more

Real Housewives of Vancouver and The Bay Pretty Please Gala

Posted: May 13, 2012 

Real Housewives of Vancouver and The Bay Pretty Please Gala It was a get gorgeous gala last week as the Pretty Please spring cosmetics and fragrance event was held at The Bay, Park Royal in West Vancouver. With designer names like Prada, Chanel, Dior and Gucci, everyone got a chance to feel pampered and glamorous. Makeovers, product displays, samples and demonstrations helped round out the evening which was held in support of the Look Good, Feel Better charity which is ...more

Jennifer Hudson Performs at Vancouver Opera Gala / Big Sisters BC Wine Auction

Posted: May 6, 2012 

Jennifer Hudson Performs at Vancouver Opera Gala / Big Sisters BC Wine Auction Grammy and Academy Award-winning performer Jennifer Hudson delivered a stunning live performance for an audience of invite-only guests last month at the Vancouver Opera's signature gala fundraiser. Entitled "Overture: Aida" the evening included a elegant and delicious dinner event which took place on the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Four Seasons chef Ned Bell ensured all the details went perfectly as guests also bid on amazing live and silent ...more

Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Posted: April 30, 2012 

Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver The 16th annual Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball (formerly Diamond Ball) was held last weekend at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel. Known as one of the highest profile galas of the year, it is a see-and-be-seen event for many North Shore VIPs. This year's focus was on childhood cancers and, in keeping with that theme, guests were treated to an evening of young entertainers including the Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble and ...more

Actor Rob Lowe at Turning Point Gala in Vancouver

Posted: April 22, 2012 

Actor Rob Lowe at Turning Point Gala in Vancouver Actor Rob Lowe has been a Hollywood heartthrob since the early 80s. But even with a successful career, famous friends and lots of money, he's the first to tell you that 'living the life' wasn't always easy. In town last week for the Turning Point Recovery Society's 5th annual gala fundraiser, the distractingly handsome lead man was happy to lend his name to the BC organization that provides residential addiction ...more

Athletics for Kids 10th Anniversary Las Vegas Boxing Gala West Vancouver

Posted: April 1, 2012 

Athletics for Kids 10th Anniversary Las Vegas Boxing Gala West Vancouver Championship boxing, Las Vegas showgirls, glamorous auction prizes and fabulous food. It was a ten year anniversary to remember for the folks at the Athletics for Kids (A4K) gala last weekend up at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club. Items up for grab included a Westjet trip raffle and a never before seen trip to Los Angeles to see "Dancing with the Stars" in person. But even after all these years, ...more

BC Lions at 13th Annual Healthy Chef Competition in Vancouver

Posted: March 19, 2012 

BC Lions at 13th Annual Healthy Chef Competition in Vancouver Eating healthy can be fun, just ask the BC Produce Marketing Association and the BC Lions. Last week, the 13th annual Healthy Chef Competition took place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver. Grey Cup winning members of the BC Lions, including Travis Lulay and Geroy Simon, were among the several celebrities in the room as chefs battled it out for top spot. Guests at the event came away with ...more

Leone Celebrates 25 Years at United Way Charity Spring Fashion Show

Posted: March 5, 2012 

Leone Celebrates 25 Years at United Way Charity Spring Fashion Show It was a double celebration last week as some of the city's most generous folks got together to raise money for a great cause. First up, it was the United Way's Women United in Philanthropy annual spring fashion show and fundraiser at Leone's boutique in Sinclair Centre. The night was also special however because guests got a chance to toast West Vancouver's Leone family for celebrating the 25th anniversary of ...more

Oscars 2012 Gala at Beach House West Vancouver

Posted: February 27, 2012 

Oscars 2012 Gala at Beach House West Vancouver Hollywood wasn't the only place rolling out the red carpet for Sunday night's Oscars event. The good folks at the Beach House in West Vancouver decided to put on the ritz for BC Children's Hospital Foundation at "Oscar a la Mer". This seaside celebration included champagne, theme rooms, fabulous food and lots of glitz and glamour. Guests also got a chance to cheer for their Oscar favourites as they watched ...more

CSI Actor William Petersen Headlines Opening of Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film at Capilano University in North Vancouver

Posted: February 20, 2012 

CSI Actor William Petersen Headlines Opening of Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film at Capilano University in North Vancouver It was lights, camera, action last week at North Vancouver's Capilano University as TV and film celebrities, dignitaries and VIPs celebrated the opening of the new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Open for business, and classes, this past January, the new 69,000 sq. ft. building cost over $34 million dollars and was designed by Vancouver architectural firm Cannon Design. Students here have access to the ...more

BC Sports Hall of Fame New Home and Olympic Memories

Posted: February 13, 2012 

BC Sports Hall of Fame New Home and Olympic Memories The BC Sports Hall of Fame has always been an impressive place of history in Vancouver, but now, thanks to a revamped BC Place, the Hall of Fame has a new home and even bigger legacy to share. Last week, during a special VIP reception, invited guests, athletes and friends were part of an extra special dedication night full of famous memories. The who's who of past inductees were in ...more

West Vancouver Italian Restaurant Holds Cancer Fundraiser and Gala Dinner

Posted: February 6, 2012 

West Vancouver Italian Restaurant Holds Cancer Fundraiser and Gala Dinner Since 2008, Mangia e Bevi Ristorante in West Vancouver has started the year off on the right foot with a charity month of dinners designed to raise funds for cancer research. Last week, it was time for the B.A.C.I.O. (Because A Cure is Obtainable) final night gala. "Bacio" - which means "kiss" - featured a fabulous menu of Italian specialities, live music, auction items and more. Monies raised this night ...more

Vancouver’s Biggest Upcoming Events for the Year 2012

Posted: January 3, 2012 

Vancouver’s Biggest Upcoming Events for the Year 2012 Get out your datebooks and calendars, it's time to plan your social schedule for the New Year. And while 2011 proved to be extra exciting, with red carpet galas and glamorous restaurant / wine events everywhere, here are a a few suggestions to pencil in for what promises to be a fabulous 2012. See you there! 01 - Who could forget our own BC Lions bringing home the Grey Cup last ...more

West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Christmas Part at Capilano Golf and Country Club

Posted: December 23, 2011 

West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Christmas Part at Capilano Golf and Country Club West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas party at Capilano Golf and Country Club this month. It was a fabulous dress-up affair complete with cocktail reception, live music and both silent and live auction items. And even as much as Capilano is known for their fabulous food, this year staff outdid themselves with one of the absolutely best buffets I have ever experienced. Another big highlight was a ...more

Vancouver’s 25th Annual Crystal Ball Gala for BC Children’s Hospital

Posted: December 11, 2011 

Vancouver’s 25th Annual Crystal Ball Gala for BC Children’s Hospital It's one of Vancouver's most elegant black-tie affairs, and this year there was even more reason to celebrate. The 25th annual Crystal Ball gala, in support of BC Children’s Hospital, marked its' anniversary year with a special plea to help support the development of a new BC Children’s Hospital. The ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel was transformed into a silvery wintery wonderland as guests enjoyed a champagne reception and ...more

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