About Last Night

Pa­trons came out in spades to pre­serve Chi­na­town and sup­port the future of surgery.

Vancouver Magazine - - Contents - Fred Lee BY @FredAboutTown

Fred Lee’s so­cial snaps.

Chi­na­town Gala

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

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