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Bellevue Wine Tsunami Fundraiser - West Van

Jan 27, 2005

By Catherine Barr


West Vancouver's Sidonio family was in Phuket on the 26th of December, the day of the Tsunami. They probably would have been washed away on the beach if they hadn't changed their plans and decided to go on an elephant ride instead. After returning to their hotel, and seeing the destruction, they changed their plans again, this time to stay behind and assist with the clean-up. Their story and more were the topic of a special wine an cheese fundraiser last week at the Bellevue Wine Co. Our thoughts are with those who suffered such a great loss.

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Friend Kevin Chiu came to mingle and lend his support to his friend, Bellevue Wine's Rob Lau.
A bittersweet occasion for West Van's Roy and Terri Maguire. Terri's brother John Knill was lost in the Tsunami and now, thanks to money raised from his CD's and music sales, they will open an orphanage in his memory.
West Van's Isobel Sutherland and friend Anne Watt browsed through the silent auction items up for bid.
World Vision's Roger Hardy, seen here with wife Randene, will help distribute the proceeds.
Event hostess Silvana Sidonio, seen here with Bruce McLeod, has seen the Tsunami damage firsthand. She and her family stayed behind from vacation to assist those in need.
Sipping wine and nibbling on exotic cheeses were supporters Tom Halford (left), Erin McElligott, Steven Young and Brooke Scott.


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