Gold Heart Gala

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’ Gold Heart Gala, pre­sented by Cac­tus Club Cafe, took place once again at the Fair­mont Paci‡c Rim on Septem­ber 27. Nearly 300 guests came to­gether to cel­e­brate long time Va­ri­ety sup­port­ers, Bob & Bar­bara Ste­wart and present the much de­serv­ing cou­ple with the Gold Heart Award … Va­ri­ety’s most pres­ti­gious mark of dis­tinc­tion hon­our­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have done trans­for­ma­tional work in the com­mu­nity to raise funds and im­prove the lives of chil­dren with spe­cial needs across BC. In 2017, the Gold Heart Award was pre­sented to Ian Telfer, Chair­man of Gold­corp In­cor­po­rated & Nancy Burke, Hon­ourary Di­rec­tor of the Li­ons Gate Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion Board.

Bob is a for­mer Chief of the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment and served as Va­ri­ety’s Chief Barker in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2008. Bar­bara was Va­ri­ety’s ‡rst woman Chief Barker and creative mas­ter­mind be­hind Va­ri­ety’s hugely suc­cess­ful Gold Heart Pin pro­gram that was launched in 1991. “We’re ex­tremely proud to rec­og­nize Bob and Bar­bara,” said Cally Wes­son, Va­ri­ety BC CEO. “They have both con­trib­uted to Va­ri­ety in many ways through time, tal­ent and trea­sure. Their pas­sion for im­prov­ing the lives of chil­dren is a global in­spi­ra­tion.” Ad­di­tion­ally, Canada Wide Me­dia’s Peter Legge and Joseph & Ros­alie Se­gal were in­ducted into Va­ri­ety’s Cham­pion Cir­cle, which hon­ours Va­ri­ety BC’S most phil­an­thropic in­di­vid­u­als who sup­port Va­ri­ety’s work through­out the year. Cham­pi­ons Cir­cle mem­bers al­low Va­ri­ety to look to­wards the fu­ture by mak­ing gen­er­ous lead­er­ship gifts.

The night was an in­cred­i­ble evening of in­spi­ra­tion. Chaired by Mary Zilba and hosted by Global BC’S So­phie Lui, the Gala also fea­tured the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Pipe Band and a phe­nom­e­nal mu­si­cal per­for­mance by Rose­mary Siemens & Friends along with both a live and a silent auc­tion. A to­tal of close to $300,000 was raised for kids with spe­cial needs and their fam­i­lies prov­ince-wide.

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