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Shooting Stars Foundation's "Stellar Celebration"

Apr 27, 2006

By Catherine Barr


The Shooting Stars Foundation is unique in many ways. Their mission statement describes it best: “We produce unique special events with passion, integrity, and innovation to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS”. Performers, artists and celebrities alike come together to put on these entertaining fundraisers which have included events like "Gambado", "Fit for a Queen", "Motown Meltdown", "Undercover" and, probably their most famous event, "Vancity Starry Nights". This past Thursday, at the Vancouver Club, the foundation held their "Stellar Celebration" reception where they handed out $80,000 in grant presentations to the various community based HIV/AIDS beneficiaries. Among the recipients were BC Persons With AIDS Society ($10,000), Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society - Camp Moomba ($5,000), Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation ($10,000), A Loving Spoonful ($7,500), McLaren Housing Society ($10,000), Positive Women's Network ($10,000), ASIA - Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS ($3,000), DTES HIV/IDU Consumers' Board ($2,200), DTES Women's Centre ($3,000), Wing's Housing Society ($5,000) and the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society ($4,000). One grant of $10,000 was also given to the Shooting Stars Endowment Fund.

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Shooting Stars' volunteers and sisters Cathy (left) and Barbara Newell cuddled up to Shooting Stars' past chair  Roger Millen who received a special congratulations this night for all his efforts with the organization over the last few years.
Representing the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (Stanley Theatre) was guest Jack Holmes.
Shooting Stars' executive director Kendra Sprinkling welcomed sponsors like Jerry King from Generation Printing.
Sponsoring events like "Gambado" were Granville Island Hotel's Diamond Karim (left) and Jill Butterworth-Penner and "Stellar Celebration" sponsor Bill Watt from TRG Benefits and Pensions.
Shooting Stars' director Wade Brown (left) and Shooting Stars' volunteer Randy Flather chatted with grant recipient reps Don Wong and Luke Balson from Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society - Camp Moomba.
Dr. Peter Centre fund development coordinator Leah Kruk (left) and Dr. Peter Centre executive director Maxine Davis were among the grateful grant recipients.
Shooting Stars' volunteer Sue Rae (left) and Shooting Stars' vice chair Janine Davies enjoyed cocktails and canapes with guest Susan Murphy from TRG Benefits and Pensions.
Shootings Stars' director Jodi Smith (left) was on hand to help Shooting Stars' newly appointed chair Ryan Resch hand out the grant money.
Vancouver Courier's Fred Lee and friend Camilla Tibbs, GM of Touchstone Theatre.



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