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Spirit of the Canyon and Yuk Yuk's Opening

Oct 9 and Oct 8, 2003

By Catherine Barr


The Capilano Suspension Bridge provided the perfect backdrop for the North Shore Community Foundation's "Spirit of the Canyon" gala fundraiser. Guests gathered last Thursday night under the protection of some well-placed canopies and heaters to dine on dishes created in the great outdoors by the chefs from both Capilano and Grouse Mountain. The reception and silent auction proceeds go to support the many grants given by the association to deserving organizations throughout the North Shore.


Meanwhile, on Oct. 8, West Vancouver's Sergio and Wendy Cocchia entertained a list of invite-only guests at the grand opening of their new Yuk Yuk's comedy cabaret. Located at the Century Plaza Hotel, the new lounge features hot acts, great people and little cocktail tables with signal button lights that you turn on to get your server.

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Park ambassador Jenn McDonald greeted guests at the entrance to Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Capilano Suspension Bridge owner Nancy Stibbard and host/MC Kevin Evans encouraged everyone to get in there and bid for charity.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Sabine Jessen and Coho Society president Jim McCarthy came out in support.
Robin Delany (left) and foundation board member Carole Badgley mingled before dinner.
Selling raffle balloons and raising money was event chair Pat Scarlett.
Grouse Mountain's executive chef, Sylvain Cuerrier (left) and Capilano executive sous chef James Kline tempted guests with sauteed seafood and an outdoor BBQ.
Realtor Daniel Thompson had a night out with the ladies, namely mom Jane Thompson (left) and fellow realtor Paula Vendargon.
It would've been a real drag without Carlotta Gurl, dressed as Joan Rivers, who teamed up with comedy partners David C. Jones and Pearce Visser to ham it up with guests as they arrived on the red carpet.
Sergio and Wendy Cocchia (left), along with brother Mario have good reason to smile, their new club is already a new silly, stylish sensation.
No foolin', Tom Rowe (left), CTV talk show host Vicki Gabereau and CityTV's Marke Driesschen know good comedy when they see it.


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