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Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball 2008

April 26, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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The 12th Annual Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball was held last Saturday at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The event, which always attracts Vancouver's well-heeled and highest-society names, plays a major role in supplying funds for the BC & Yukon Division and the fight against this disease which is still far too common, and knows no boundaries when it comes to age, race or sex. La Dolce Vita was this year's theme and included an elegant VIP champagne reception for Marquis sponsors, followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, gourmet dinner, and numerous prize draws. Dancing to the beats of former Roxy house band Dr. Strangelove capped of the evening in style. Also, this year marked a special anniversary for event co-chairs Katty Chaichian and Shaheen Esmail who, for the first time ever, partnered up to serve their third year in charge of this fabulous event. Way to go gals - hope we see you again next year to break another record.

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Diamond_Ball-4977 An event like this could not happen without the help of volunteers like Michelle Valancius, left, Ian Tootil and Michelle Briggs.
Diamond_Ball-4978 Aline Countess Dobrzensky, seen here with son Antony, epitomizes grace and elegance as chair of the VIP champagne reception.
Diamond_Ball-4981 Glamorous gowns and champagne are all part of the VIP reception for guests Heather Sanii, left, and realtor/sponsor Alexis Palkowski.
Diamond_Ball-4982 Three cheers for three years of hard work by Diamond Ball co-chairs, and best girlfriends, Katty Chaichian, left, and Shaheen Esmail.
Diamond_Ball-4983 Rounding out the lead at this year's event is beautiful Yasmin Gordon, the third of this year's co-chair trio.
Diamond_Ball-4989 VIP guests Martin Charlwood and Candice Alderson, left, enjoy canapes and conversation with former Wimbledon finalist and Canadian tennis doubles champ Grant Connell and wife Sarah.
Diamond_Ball-4994 CTV-9 reporter/anchor Renu Bakshi cuddles up to firefighter and famed artist Ross Penhall, left, and fellow firefighter Jay Brownlee.
Diamond_Ball-4995 Model Tiana Kruzel works the room during the cocktail reception showing-off the fabulous diamond necklace up for grabs at the Dipping for Diamonds draw.
Diamond_Ball-4996 Stockbroker David Lyall and wife Jill join philanthropist and Vancouver businessman Lorne Segal in lending their support to this worthwhile cause.
Diamond_Ball-4998 Craftsman Collision President/CEO Bill Hatswell and wife Illiana are honoured as Diamond Circle Table Patrons for their support.



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