Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Raises Over $267,000 at Gift of Love Gala in Abbotsford
February 18, 2016
ABBOTSFORD, BC – February 15, 2016 – Over 300 guests raised over $267,000 at the Gift of Love Gala Saturday, February 13 at the Ramada Plaza Abbotsford in support of British Columbia’s pediatric palliative care provider, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Guests dined on a fantastic three-course meal in a vibrant setting designed by Simon Cooksley Design accompanied by the beautiful music of the MEI Choir and musician, and Canuck Place father, Andrew Christopher.
This sold-out event, emceed by Breakfast Television Co-host, Riaz Meghji, was an achievement in teamwork bringing together supporters, partners, volunteers and staff, to ensure Canuck Place continues to provide comprehensive pediatric palliative care for children and families who need it most.
“Over 40% of the children and families in the Canuck Place program reside in the Fraser Health Region so having this community support is truly special,” said Canuck Place CEO Margaret McNeil. “The funds raised at this event will help ensure we can continue to provide complex clinical care to children with life-threatening illnesses and support their families through incredibly challenging circumstances.”
The Gift of Love Gala presenting sponsor MNP was represented by their Managing Regional Partner, Lee Bass. “Supporting the health and well-being of children is critically important to the MNP team,” said Bass. “Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is a leader in caring for kids and families in British Columbia and our partnership with Gift of Love gala is one small way we can support this care.”
Returning Gala Co-chairs, Jennefer Vanderpol and Yasmin Alibhai, led an incredible community Gala Committee who brought significant support and leadership to the fundraising Gala.
In a room full of love and support, Canuck Place father Andrew shared with guests the journey of his daughter, Lilee Jean, who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiformae, an aggressive form of brain cancer at just 10 months of age. Lilee was a brave spirit and endured 24 cycles of chemotherapy with her parents at her side and was welcomed to Canuck Place in September 2013 where the family was met with compassion and support.