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Literacy BC at Beyond Restaurant in Vancouver and Joe Fortes new rooftop deck

July 7 and 11, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words - and goodness knows I'm all about pictures - but for many struggling with literacy, those words sometimes don't come so easily. Thankfully, the folks at Literacy BC are there to support those trying to learn to read and write. Their Literacy and Beyond gala event took place last week with a spectacular wine and dine evening that included fabulous food by Beyond Restaurant and Lounge, live auction items and vino, vino, vino. Senator Larry Campbell took to the podium as auctioneer and, with a song in his heart, even managed to coax guests into outbidding themselves for this very worthwhile cause. Meanwhile, the sun continues to shine on one of Vancouver's favourite foodie institutions. Joe Fortes restaurant opened its fabulous new rooftop deck earlier this month. Despite some harsh new bylaws, the four-star service by some of this city's best staffers continues to make this THE place to be seen to stare at the stars.

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joefortesopening-5521 Up on the rooftop - Beverage Manager Wendy McMichael teams up with Joe Fortes' most famous Maitre d’ and partner, Frenchy Gagné.
joefortesopening-5523 Hey ladies, as if we need any more reasons to sit on the patio at Fortes. Big kisses for Sean Oldham, left, Oscar Galdamez and Jarret Gruban.
joefortesopening-5525 Ric Moore, father of the late Indy driver Greg Moore and owner of Maple Ridge Chrysler, enjoys Joe Fortes sunshine with birthday girl and wife Donna.
literaryBC-5452 Lteracy BC staff members Diana Twiss, left, and Whitney Borowko attend the big party.
literaryBC-5453 Beyond's Marina Henao and Craig McNair ensure guests are well fed and taken care of at Literacy BC.
literaryBC-5454 Wannabe Vancouver mayor Peter Ladner, left, jokes with former mayor turned senator Larry Campbell at Literacy BC.
literaryBC-5455 Mission Hill event manager Jami Christie pours the good stuff at Literacy and Beyond.
literaryBC-5457 Your hosts for the evening at Literacy and Beyond - media personalities Vicki Gabereau and Rick Cluff.
literaryBC-5458 Ali McCrae, left, joins Dave and Gail Owen, her aunt and uncle, to sip and sample at Literacy BC.
literaryBC-5459 Always a star attraction, blues musician Jim Byrnes is among the VIPs at Literacy and Beyond.
literaryBC-5461 Andrew Peller wines are poured at Literacy and Beyond thanks to Sherry Adams, left, and Annette Skeath.



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