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Voya Loden Opening / Canucks Place Gala / Vancouver Art Gallery Gala

Oct 18, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Beautifully engraved baby silver piggy banks graced the tables at the The Canucks Place Children's Hospice Gift of Time Gala last Saturday at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Awarded to the highest bidders, the piggies are all part of the Kids for Kids program where children save their pennies and more to help another less fortunate child at Canucks Place. This, along with other glamorous auction items and a surprise performance by Spirit of the West, made for a fabulous evening all round. It all goes to show that big glamorous galas like this also appreciate the small gestures and that giving, in any form, is what is most important, especially during these economic times. Also getting rave reviews this past weekend was the Vancouver Art Gallery's Flash Forward Gala and Auction. Original art was auctioned off live then VIP guests enjoyed a fabulous five-star dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. And yes, it's finally happened. Coal Harbour's much anticipated Loden Hotel and Voya restaurant/lounge have opened their doors to the public. Super chic and sexy sleek, I predict that this luscious locale will be a big hit with both the beautiful people and movie stars alike. Save me a seat at the "Barr" and tell them Cat sent ya.

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Voya_Opening_02 Vancouver's new Loden Hotel and Voya Restaurant are now open for business and it promises to be a big hit thanks to Jay Jones, left, Lori Poppe and Simon Ogden.
absolutespa_parkroyal-6208 Bubbles in your bath and your glass - Absolute Spa hostesses Maddy Brown, left, and Laura Eastveld keep model Dylan Hickey company by the spa tub at the opening of the new Park Royal location.
giftoftime_canucksgala0002 Robyn Yen joins Global TV travel gal Claire Newell at the Canucks Place Gift of Time gala.
giftoftime_canucksgala0003 Holy bidding Batman! Surprised by the big bucks being raised at the Gift of Time auction are Holly Conway and Team 1040 sportscaster and Metro columnist Scott Rintoul.
giftoftime_canucksgala0004 Sitting at the North Shore Credit Union table at Gift of Time are Laurie Smith, left, Kym Catliff and her CEO hubby, Chris Catliff.
giftoftime_canucksgala0005 Getting the job done as MC's for the Gift of Time gala are QMFM radio personality Tara McGuire and Global TV anchor Chris Gailus.
giftoftime_canucksgala0006 Gift of Time chair Sandy Elliott Ergas poses with one of the silver piggy banks donated as part of the table settings.
vancouver_artgallery#A0007 Bidding on original art at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Flash Forward gala are Opus Hotel magnate John de C. Evans, left, Christie King, and Senator Larry Campbell.
vancouver_artgallery#A0008 Supporting a good cause at the art gallery's  Flash Forward gala are Telus senior manager Kenn Hamlin, left, gallery owner Douglas Reynolds and Barry Umbrite.
vancouver_artgallery#A0009 Vancouver Art Gallery chair David Aisenstat, of Hy's/Keg Restaurant fame, bids on items with artist Pamela Masek at his side.



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