Originally published on October 20, 2017, Vancouver Sun

The Gift of Time gala raised a record $1.24 million and pushed its 13-year total beyond $10 million.

The funds will go toward the $12 million needed every year to support 715 children and their families at the hospice’s Vancouver and Abbotsford locations.

Third-time co-chair Emily Lazare and second-timer Shanni Eckford said tickets sold out in two weeks and $107,000 had been received before 600 guests filled the Bayshore hotel ballroom.

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