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Coleen Christie, emcee, Mike Reno, Loverboy lead singer; and Fred Lee, man about town and gala emcee

More than $2 million raised for arthritis research

The 7th annual ARThritis Soirée raised over $2.35 million at the Hotel Vancouver’s rooftop bar with more than 400 guests in attendance. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wonderful B.C. wines along with an oyster bar kept partygoers busy.  There was a wide selection of auction items, including an autographed guitar signed by the Vancouver rock band Loverboy. Lead singer Mike Reno performed a handful of Loverboy hits that had the dance floor packed. Gala emcees wereGlobal News anchor Coleen Christie and man-about-town Fred Lee.
The ARThritis Soirée, presented by Macdonald Realty, brought together the city’s business and community leaders, philanthropists, doctors, scientists, health-care professionals and those who share an appreciation of art and a desire to support arthritis research. In its 100 forms, arthritis is the most costly chronic disease and the No. 1 cause of work disability in Canada. The number of Canadians affected by arthritis is over 6 million, including more than 800,000 British Columbians.
Arthritis Research Canada is the largest arthritis research organization in North America with centres in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. With a dedicated team of more than 100 research scientists, assistants and trainees, Arthritis Research Canada’s work in arthritis prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life issues is internationally recognized.
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Sandra Girard, ARC gala co-chair; and Amanda Girling, gala co-chair and board member

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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlan, the longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history, addresses guests

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Gala emcees Fred Lee and Coleen Christie take to the stage

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The ARThritis Soirée

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The ARThritis Soirée

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The Stanger brothers: David and Michael, Ancora Restaurant servers

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Megan Filmer, DLA Piper partner; and John McLachlan, barrister and solicitor

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Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Real Estate Group president, addresses the crowd

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Dr. John Esdaile, ARC scientific director; and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway

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Vanessa Pela and her husband, Walter Pela, KMPG managing partner

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Lianne Gulka, ARC board member; Melita O’Neill, marketing; Jill Davies, Sylvia Hotel president; and Sue Dupuis, health industry worker

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Jan Pelling, Pelling Insurance partner; Carol Young, Penning Insurance manager; and Brad Pelling, Pelling Insurance partner

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From Esonic Production Services: Cole St. Denys; and Carson Hegedus 

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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlan, the longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history; and Naz Pahani, ARThritis Soirée founder, board member and former chair

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Pamela Gwyer, Scotiabank senior manager corporate trade finance; and Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Real Estate Group president

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Kyle O’Keefe, C-Span mechanic; and Nicole O’Keefe, Cushman & Wakefield graphic designer

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Carolyne Grondzill, leasing agent; and Sean Byrne, Global TV account manager

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Jocelyn Cruickshank, KPMG managing director and ARC board chair; and Dr. Diane Lacaille, ARC scientist

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Mike Reno and his wife, Cathy St. Gerrnain, perform the song "Almost Paradise"

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Mike Reno from Loverboy performs

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Mike Reno from Loverboy performs

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The Loverboy autographed guitar that sold for $1,700

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Albert Gilmer plays the harmonica

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Mike Reno and the winners of the autographed guitar

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Mike Reno, Coleen Christie and Fred Lee at the auction

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Mike Reno, Coleen Christie and Fred Lee at the auction

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Mike Reno, Coleen Christie and Fred Lee at the auction