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Vancouver's Hotel Georgia New Year's Eve 2006

Jan 4, 2007

By Catherine Barr


After 80 years, the landmark Vancouver Hotel Georgia has closed its doors for renovation / restoration. So what better way to say goodbye than with an all-out, whole hotel New Year's Eve ballroom blitz. "The Night the Lights Went Out at the Georgia" will be long remembered as old friends, guests, local celebs and more came out to party. Two live bands, four elegant food stations, champagne and dancing were all part of the celebration, proceeds of which go to support the Central City Foundation. The five-star facelift will take approximately 3 years to complete and will include a new hotel and 48 storey mixed commercial/residential use tower.

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Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan was more than pleased to pose with his partner Lynn Zanatta (left) and Central City Foundation president and CEO, Jennifer Johnstone.
Event designer Simon Cooksley made sure the night was extra memorable by hiring live bands from New York and serving Pommery POP champagne.
Elvis sightings were a regular feature this night. The king himself stayed here in his glory days.
Newspaper editor Justin Beddall, editor of the Westender's sister paper - the North Shore Outlook, attended the event with Julia Iriarte.
Former NHL hockey player Todd Harkins and wife Kirsten were among the local celebs in attendance.
Local actor Paul Duchart (left), who can be seen on screen with Renee Zellweger in the upcoming movie "Case 39", celebrated with blue hats, horns and champagne with social writer Fred Lee.



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