Gold Heart Gala
’ Gold Heart Gala, presented by Cactus Club Cafe, took place once again at the Fairmont Pacic 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.