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Ballet BC GAla at Buschlen Mowatt Galleries and Ceili's Miss Hawaiian Tropics Contest

Mar 5, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Vino Virtuoso - A Night on Pointe was an elegant and emotional gathering held last week at Buschlen Mowatt Galleries. Presented by Ballet British Columbia, the evening featured fine food, fabulous raffle prizes and two stirring pas de deux performances produced especially for the intimate art gallery setting. The evening culminated in a grand prize draw for artwork by Vancouver's own Tiko Kerr. Also, last week, contestants at Ceili's Miss Hawaiian Tropics contest got closer to the sun as preliminary judging took place. The top two winners, chosen by yours truly and a panel of other media VIPs, now advance to the finals. And finally, a big shout out to Lisa Petersen, Cat's Plus One winner, who came out on special assignment this week on behalf of Metro. She pulled double duty taking photos and names and was a big help - check out her included pic. Congrats.

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ballet_BC_buschlen_001 Ballet BC volunteers Sheila Kearnay, left, and Lorraine Smith pose with a Cecilia Miguez statue at Buschlen Mowatt.
ballet_BC_buschlen_002 Ballet BC dancers Melissa Morrissey, left and Ashley Judge add elegance and style to the gala.
ballet_BC_buschlen_003 Preparing fancy appetizers and more at the Ballet BC gala is Diva! At the Met's catering chef David Baarschers.
ballet_BC_buschlen_006 Buschlen Mowatt's Kevin Lorage gets some lovin' and kissin' from fellow workers Aimee Stolte, left, and Adria Karchut.
ballet_BC_buschlen_007 Passion and performance are at the heart of the Ballet BC company as demonstrated by artistic director John Alleyne and dancer/choreographer Simone Orlando.
ballet_BC_buschlen_008 Donated works by famed Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr are auctioned off to one lucky winner at the end of the Ballet BC gala.
miss-Hawaiian_001 Ceili's staffers Miles Boisselle, left, Devon Hardy and Will Laudeu keep the judges and crowd in control for the Miss Hawaiian Tropics contest.
miss-Hawaiian_003 MC Victoria Plank, left, and friend Robyn Gordon, a Miss Grand Prix and aspiring Playboy model, add to the sexy scene at Ceili's Miss Hawaiian Tropics contest.
miss-Hawaiian_010 - #30009 On special assignment with Metro, contest winner Lisa Peterson gets the scoop from Ceili's event planner Sarah Curnew.
miss-Hawaiian_010 - #30009.jpg  
miss-Hawaiian_011 Ceili's Miss Hawaiian Tropics top two winners, Ari, left, and Amanda, are now on their way to the finals to win their way to fame and fortune.



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