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Canucks Autism Network founders Clara Aquilini and Paolo Aquilini, Vancouver Canucks co-owners

$1.1 million raised for Canucks Autism Network

More than 540 guests attended the 3rd annual Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Reveal Gala at Rogers Arena on June 9, raising more than $1.1 million for families living with autism in B.C. The arena was transformed into “St. Tropez” with 66 tables, representing the the one in 66 children diagnosed with autism in Canada. With veteran broadcasters Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen as emcees, the evening presented the challenges, gifts and possibilities that autism can bring.

Reveal is the signature fundraising event for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), a non-profit organization founded by Vancouver Canucks co-owners Paolo and Clara Aquilini in 2008 in honour of their autistic son, Christian. Its goal is to increase training and awareness across B.C. while providing year-round sports and recreation programs for families and individuals living with autism.

 

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Vancouver Canucks players Derrick Pouliot and Troy Stecher join actor Jacob Tremblay in the dressing room

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Gala emcees Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen, veteran broadcasters

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From The Answer Company: Krista Magnusson, director of marketing; Carrie Dawson, director PMO; and Shawn Ostheimer, founder and president

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Judy Watson; and Gary Zlotnik, ZLC Financial founder

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Pedram Hosseini, Red Cellar managing partner, and his wife; Pegah Hosseini

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Massimo Bellini Bressi, Respect Your Universe director of business development; and Roxanna Sarvari, designer

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Luis Gomez, The Bay downtown sales manager; Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel owner; and Kristen Donald, Hip Salon hair stylist

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Steve Darling, senior broadcast journalist; and his wife, Jennifer Darling

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Haneef Virani, realtor; and Rio Yassin, son of gala co-chair Christi Yassin 

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David Garofalo, Goldcorp president and CEO; his fiancée, Christi Darbyshire; Monika Deol, media personality and Stellar Cosmetic founder; and Avtar Bains, Premise Properties president

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Nicola Diaz and Alejandro Diaz, El Santo restaurant owner

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Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, Face of Today founder; and Marcus Rambold

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Craig Parry, IsoEnergy CEO; and his wife, Rebecca Parry

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Robin Wyss, Vancouver Canucks Alumni association executive director; his wife, Sue Wyss; Dianna Babich; and her husband, Dave Babich, Vancouver Canuck alumnus

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Kate Dunston; Paul Dunston, Plenary Group director; Ken Hicks, Ignite Technical Resources managing partner; Tracy Blackham, 49 North Properties partner; Lisa Dalton, HSBC chief of staff; and Scott Atkinson, Raymond James institutional sales

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Sean Salem, Le Vieux Pin winery co-owner; and Foad Rafii, Rafaii Architects Inc. founder

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Tannaz Alesafar, National Bank Private Banking 1859 banking agent; and Charmaine Crooks, former five-time Olympian and NGU Consultants Inc. president and CEO

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Athena Bax, artist; and Fiona Forbes, TV personality

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Marcus Rambold; Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, Face of Today founder; Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and CEO; and Kevin Chase, stylist

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The CAN Reveal Gala with emcees Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen

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The CAN Reveal Gala with emcees Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen

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The CAN Reveal Gala

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