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Dr. Peter Centre Passions Event and WEdnesday Night Hump Comedy Night at the Kingston with Johnny Scoop

Sep 10, 14, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Tom Hanks, Honorary Patron, is only one of the impressive names on a list of supporters behind the Dr. Peter Centre and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Helping to "provide comfort care for people living with HIV/AIDS", the centre is dedicated to Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, one of the first ever physicians in Vancouver who brought AIDS, and the need for proper care, out from the shadows. Sadly, Dr. Peter did not live to see the legacy of his work, however those who carry on in his name are forever grateful for his work and dedication - each one proudly continuing to celebrate his spirit with the kind of unswerving courage and passion that lives forever. Seems only fitting then that "Passions - A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation" celebrated its fifth year anniversary this past weekend. Fabulous food, served by some of Vancouver's top restaurants, and auction items galore, helps makes this an event to look forward to every year. Congratulations to everyone involved. Also, congratulations go out to Vancouver's comedy community on the launch of a new laugh-out-loud lounge that proves to be much more than just a mid-week pick-me-up. "The Wednesday Hump @ The Kingston" is the brain child of up-and-coming comedian Johnny Scoop and a band of famous friends who will stand-up to be counted on every week for a good giggle and more. Starting up again on Sep. 24 at the Kingston Taphouse on Richards, this show is a go for all the right reasons.

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dr_peter_centre2008-5905 Dr. Peter's mom, Shirley Young, left, and development manager Leah Kruk are both thrilled to celebrate Passions' fifth year.
dr_peter_centre2008-5908 Famed sushi-chef-to-the-stars, Hidekazu Tojo, once again impresses everyone at Passions with a delecate sablefish offering.
dr_peter_centre2008-5910 And who doesn't have a Passion for chocolate? Romain Grare and Josina de Bree keep the sweets flowing with the Rogers chocolate fountain at the Dr. Peter Centre fundraiser.
dr_peter_centre2008-5912 Former Vancouver Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths, left, and wife Janella talk over his upcoming Provincial election bid with communications manager/friend Paul Nixey at Passions.
dr_peter_centre2008-5914 O'Doul's Chef Chris Whittaker and Listel Hotel's Melina Sarantopoulos sample his duck in Okanagan black plum sauce at Passions.
dr_peter_centre2008-5915 Event mastermind and food stylist Nathan Fong toasts the centre's fifth anniversary alongside Passions host and CBC news anchor Gloria Macarenko.
dr_peter_centre2008-5916 Dr. Peter Centre board member Mark Virgin gets cuddles from a hard working Maxine Davis, executive director of the centre.
hump_comedynight-5838 Vancouver funny man Byron Bertram's comedic talent keeps the crowd chuckling as he plays MC at the first ever Wednesday Hump comedy night.
hump_comedynight-5839 Keeping them laughing in the aisles are Tom Shibaoka and Colleen Brow at the Kingston Taphouse Wednesday Hump.
hump_comedynight-5840 Comedy headliner Graham Clark, left, joins Wednesday Hump host and comedian Johnny Scoop at the Kingston.
hump_comedynight-5841 Kingston manager Chase MacLeod, left, welcomes great comedic talent, like performer Andy Canete, to the taphouse for the Wednesday Hump show.



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