About Last Night
Patrons came out in spades to preserve Chinatown and support the future of surgery.
Fred Lee’s social snaps.
The Party Fast becoming a leading date on the social circuit, the Chinatown Foundation Gala packed 750 guests into the Hotel Vancouver ballroom for its sophomore running of an event created to help preserve the district’s cultural heritage.
The Ringleader Carol Lee, daughter of developer and philanthropist Bob Lee, is the force behind Chinatown’s revitalization. In addition to purchasing key buildings and businesses in the historic part of town, the UBC and Harvard grad created the Chinatown Foundation to revitalize the once-bustling area.
The Players Lee, the CEO of Linacare, enlisted powerhouses Carole Taylor and Leslie Diamond to lead the charge, and Wallace Chung, Jacqui Cohen, Sam Feldman, Robert Ho, Paul Lee, Phil Lind, Brandt Louie, Joy MacPhail and Paul Wong to support the cause. The red-hot night raised $1 million.
Night of a Thousand Stars
The Event Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation’s Night of a Thousand Stars, presented by Telus, is an opportunity to raise a glass to visionaries and health-care professionals working to improve the health and wellbeing of British Columbians. The gala-do was Vanhattan’s biggest party of 2017.
The Cause The 22nd staging saw more than 900 business, community and health-care leaders convene at the Vancouver Convention Centre to raise over $5.95 million—a record-breaking haul—to support cancer care and innovation, bringing the next generation of surgical robotics to VGH.
The Champion Philanthropist Darlene Poole led the way, spark-plugging the extraordinary night with a $1.97 million gift to realize the technical upgrade needed by VGH. Poole and her late husband, Jack, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer, were instrumental in bringing the first robot, named Jack, to the city.
Leadership Award recipients Maggie and Ben Yeung UBC VGH Foundation CEO Barbara Grantham and health-care visionary Darlene Poole VGH doctors Mark Fitzgerald and Celine Bergeron Former VJ Monika Deol and her husband, Avtar Bains from Colliers
Singer Ty Waters headlined Carol Lee’s Chinatown Gala Talent agent Sam Feldman and his daughter Aiya Former B.C. Finance Minister Carole Taylor and Pacific Blue Cross CEO Jan Grude Artist Paul Wong and Joy MacPhail
Telus’s David Beck, Jill Schnarr and Kenn Hamlin Society darlings Melita Segal and Arya Eshghi