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Gold Medal Plates Olympic Fundraiser at Hyatt Hotel Vancouver

Nov 14, 2006

By Catherine Barr


Last week, the Hyatt hotel held a fundraiser of Olympic proportion. Gold Medal Plates - deemed the "ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in food, wine, sport and community," was held on Nov 14th. The Vancouver version of this multi-city event featured wine and food by local restaurateurs that were paired up with Olympic host athletes. Keynote speeches, entertainment and more followed the tasting event and proceeds raised support the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the "Own the Podium 2010" and "Road to Excellence" initiatives.

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Gold medal 4x1 relay runner and 1996 Olympian Robert "Blastoff" Esmie (left) served up lobster rolls alongside sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo.
Charmaine Crooks, silver medalist in the 4 x 400 relay in 1984, chatted with expectant mother and keynote speaker Catriona LeMay Doan, Olympic double gold medal speed skater in 1998 and 2002.
Gold medal paralympion Paul Rosen shattered his leg in a hockey accident at age 15. But today, this motivational speaker is the number one sledge hockey goalie in the world and has a team Canada championship ring to prove it.
Simon Whitfield's gold medal triathalon win at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games was one of the most memorable on record after he fought back from a bike crash and slowly overtook the entire field to cross the finish line first.
Featured foodie Justin Ault, owner and operator of Hapa Izakaya, spent 10 years in Japan before bringing the modern izakaya concept back home with him in January 2003.
Entertaining guests was Dallas Arcand, an Edmonton born Plains Cree Indian who is also a World Champion Hoop Dancer title holder.



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