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Steve Nash Carats Charity Classic diamond Event

Jul 20, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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NBA superstar Steve Nash and his famous friends were dripping in diamonds last week for a very good cause. "Carats - Diamonds at Sunset" was an exclusive VIP event held at the multi-million dollar West Vancouver home of Kyle and Janelle Washington, of Washington Marine Group fame. Held in conjunction with his Charity Classic basketball game, for $10,000 per couple, guests got to hobnob with Nash and a select group of Phoenix Suns players and be entertained by big names like David Foster and Colin James. But the big game started later when, alongside celebrity poker stars, guests took to the tables for a chance to win a 2.07 carat, 19K white gold piece signed and dated by Nash.

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Businessman Harald Ludwig, who now adds Lions Gate Entertainment to his portfolio, and beautiful wife Sharlene were among the VIPs.
Former Canuck Geoff Courtnall, seen here with wife Penni, saw his son Justin drafted into the NHL this year by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Carats diamond man Colin Ferguson was pleased to loan hostess Janelle Washington a flawless, pink, diamond ring valued at over $7 million. Check out that finger.
Pretty in pink, Christie King was thrilled to meet former Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier who later took part in the poker tourney.
Candace Alderson cuddles up with Stan Fuller (left) of Earl's fame and Uniglobe Travel president and CEO, Martin Charlwood.
Star-maker and producer/composer David Foster (left) joined Steve Nash and his mom on the patio just before the start of the live entertainment.
Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan was greeted warmly by Kyle Washington who generously opened his home to guests for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Former Canucks and Grizzlies owner Arthur Griffiths, whose family is part of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, enjoys conversation with Washington Companies' patriarch and businessman Dennis R. Washington.



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