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Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Raises Over $1.1 Million

October 17, 2016

Over 560 guests gathered at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel on Saturday, October 15th to support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, BC’s pediatric palliative care provider, at the 12th annual Gift of Time Gala presented by the Ledcor Group of Companies.

Sold out months in advance, Canuck Place supporters including guests, sponsors, volunteers, board members and staff came together and raised over $1.1M to support the critical care of BC’s children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.

Gala Co-Chairs, Emily Lazare and Shanni Eckford led a creative and passionate volunteer gala and wine committee who were pivotal to the success of the event.

Canuck Place Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Camara Van Breemen spoke to the enduring quality of love found at Canuck Place highlighting the provincial care provided to over 670 newborns, children and teens and their families. Underlining the theme of the evening, Camara focused attendees on the impact they have on Canuck Place families, “With donor support, we have the ability to walk with children and their families in their last days and weeks and to provide care and support for siblings and parents in the loneliness that follows.”

The event also featured a moving personal story from Canuck Place parent, Michaela Evanow, whose daughter, Florence, passed away on the Canuck Place program. Michaela, who was supported by her husband Jason, eloquently shared her family’s profound experience caring for a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 and the critical role Canuck Place had during one of the most difficult times in their lives and, today, in their healing with grief and loss counselling.

“Canuck Place is more than just a building,” said Michaela. “The walls seem to tremble with sacredness and strength. The family stories echo through the corridors. The light streams in through the stained glass windows, and the warmth of human love and dignity spill down the grand staircase. As a bereaved parent, I will never look at that building in the same way.” Her story captivated the audience and guests responded with a standing ovation.

Patrick Roberge Productions teamed up with Simon Cooksley Design to create a bold, stylish event experience inspired by the era of Prohibition with stunning metallic fixtures and wood accents. Guests were entertained by the Jennifer Hayes Trio along with a special performance by nine-year-old singer, Cranbrook, B.C.’s, Amber Campbell who performed in tribute to her brother who passed away at Canuck Place. The energy in the room remained lively with an exciting live auction with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, and finishing the night with attendees dancing into the early hours thanks to the music of DJ Colette.

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