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John Larroquette at Turning Point Recovery Society Gala and Vancouver Marathon

May 1, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Emmy-award winning actor John Larroquette, best known for playing the lovable pervert Dan Fielding on tv's Night Court, headlined the 25th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser for the Turning Pont Recovery Society at Vancouver's Four Seasons Hotel last Thursday. The New Orleans born star, who now appears on Boston Legal, was both entertaining and captivating as he shared his bittersweet story about alcoholism and the fight to recover. Co-hosted by Global TV weekend anchor Robin Stickley, the gala dinner was preceded by a special VIP reception where Larroquette proved himself to be a most gracious and gregarious personality. Also hosting VIPs this week were the folks behind the BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver Marathon. The Hotel Le Soleil and Copper Chimney restaurant served up cocktails and kudos for international guests and local sponsors as they acknowledged their involvement and thanked them for their support in making sure everything was ready, set and go, for Sunday's successful race.

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John_Larroquette_Rec#50001 Still a star - actor John Larroquette's story about his battle with alcohol is both humourously informational and humanly inspirational at Turning Point.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50002 Ask a Woman Enterprises' Tammy Preast and main man David are among the VIPs at the Turning Point pre-gala reception.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50003 Turning Point Board President Jim Myers, seen here with wife Beth, warmly welcomes actor John Larroquette at the VIP reception.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50004 Turning Point worker Mike Rathborne, left, and his dad Don are all smiles as they pose with Global TV glam gal and event co-host Robin Stickley.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50005 Todd Jeannotte, director of catering for the Four Seasons, handles an unexpected, pre-gala, fire drill with calm, cool, reserve.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50006 Four Seasons' Yew Restaurant Operations Manger Jeff Hanson and hostesses Riley Arnold, left, Livia Cecchetti and Brielle Wong are used to VIPs like AC/DC - who just recently checked out of the hotel.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50007 National PR gals Dawn Teasdale, left, Michelle Ward and Claire Munroe are thrilled with the turn out at Turning Point.
John_Larroquette_Rec#50008 Rock and rollers Craig Turner, left, co-owner, and guitarist/musician Randy Mulherin show their support for the Turning Point society.
vancouver_marathon-5023 Accepting the BMO Van Marathon award for the Hotel Le Soleil is Copper Chimney restaurant owner Dalip Sharma and hotel sales manager Ellen Leung.
vancouver_marathon-5024 McDonald's Community Relations Coordinator Alycia Beck, left, and guest Melisa Serrambana attend the BMO Van Marathon awards.
vancouver_marathon-5026 Vancouver Marathon volunteer Amelie Hamilton welcomes international guests like Mexico's Director of Sport Travel, Alejandra Alanis to the reception.
vancouver_marathon-5027 Vancouver Marathon's Jennifer Wong and Daryl Doyle hand out the awards at the BMO Van Marathon pre-race reception.



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