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BC Fashion Week / Brian Jessel Cabriolet 2008 and A4K Boxing Gala at Hollyburn

April 4, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Fashionistas from all over B.C. had to kick it into high gear last week as a veritable frenzy of fashion forward events kept everyone on their toes. BC Fashion Week saw a series of local designers show off their wares all week long at the Chinese Cultural Centre. After parties and receptions galore meant the well-heeled had lots to choose from, including Brian Jessel's BMW dealership who held their annual Cabriolet Charity Fashion Gala. Benefiting the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation and the BC Women's Hospital, the evening featured fashions by Hugo Boss and fabulous food and libations from some of the city's top restaurants. But ending the week off with punch was the A4K - Athletics for Kids Gala at West Van's Hollyburn Country Club. Olympic style sanctioned boxing was the main event of this black tie dinner where celebrity athletes and supporters raised funds for sports equipment and fees for underprivileged kids.

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A4K_boxing_gala2008-4872 Former Canadian National gymnast turned PR gal Nathalie Balfour, left, and Team 1040 reporter Kristin Reid help sell raffle keys for the grand prize trip at A4K.
A4K_boxing_gala2008-4874 Derek Pink, seen here with wife Jennifer at the A4K gala, lends his support as the owner/partner of Tonic, Au Bar, Stone Temple and Ocean Club restaurant lounge here in Vancouver.
A4K_boxing_gala2008-4889 Presiding over the Olympic class sanctioned boxing at Hollyburn's A4K are referees Bruce Carrington and Heather McAlpine.
A4K_boxing_gala2008-4892 Former Canucks player and local hero Cliff Ronning, left, chats with A4K MC and Global TV's most popular sportscaster, Squire Barnes.
PICT0027 Employees Robin Hindson, left, Paul Killeen and Maxine Petrick get into the glam of things at the Cabriolet Fashion Gala.
PICT0029 Cabriolet Fashion Gala MC's Mike Killeen and Coleen Christie, of CTV-9 fame, look good up there on the catwalk.
PICT0030 Ice cream, smiles and more are all part of the Cabriolet gala as sponsor/realtor Alexis Palkowski, left, chats with Connor, Clark & Lunn Vice President, Catherine Dorazio.
bc_fashion_week-2306 Adanna Ugoalah, of JC studios, helps kick BC Fashion week into high gear at the first of many shows and parties.
bc_fashion_week-2308 Model Kayleen Franklin walks the walk at the JC Studios BC Fashion Week kick-off show and after party.
bc_fashion_week-2310 Ben Cote, of Barbarella hair salon, stands with model Selma Bukvic at BC Fashion week's first big event.
bc_fashion_week-2311 Looking like a movie star taking her bows, JC Studios designer RozeMerie Cuevas opens BC Fashion week with a bang.



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