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Vancouver Art Gallery - Extraordinary! Design - Auction - Party

June 4, 2005

By Catherine Barr


The Vancouver Art Gallery called it "Extraordinary! Design. Auction. Party." and it sure lived up to its name. Last Saturday the biannual fundraising gala attracted about 600 guests to an East Van "post-industrial inner city warehouse" venue that had been vamped up for the big affair. Over 24 local restaurants served up the goods alongside auction items and live DJ music making it a real see-and-be-scene night to remember.

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Chef Gord Martin (centre) and his Bin 941/942 team, Sara Wade and Allan Prokuski, served a scallops ceviche with watermelon - yum.
A little surf and turf as Monk McQueen's chef Jeff Batt (centre) parlayed his prawns alongside George Siu and Park Heffelfinger of Memphis Blues BBQ fame.
John and Rebecca McKay
Committee chair Rick Graham (left), of Grouse Mountain fame, was pleased to have Ian Hanomansing, of CBC News, as MC of the event.
A lot of behind the scenes work went into this event - just ask gallery directory Kathleen Bartels and hubby Brian.
Balir Murdoch and Emily Edwards.
The always effervescent Carmen Ruiz y Laza of Leone's and Mission Hill Family Estate proprietor Anthony von Mandl added an extra touch of class to the event.
Radiant's John Almond, seen here with wife Lonnie of Corus Entertainment, purchased a glamorous green designer sofa at the live auction.


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