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The Heart of Gold Gala

More than $900,000 raised to support women’s heart and brain health

More than 500 guests attended the Heart of Gold Gala at Parq Vancouver on June 1. Presented by Goldcorp in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the event raised over $900,000 to support women’s heart and brain health.

The evening began with a reception hosted by Wheaton Precious Metals and an array of silent auction items to bid on. Gala emcee was Coleen Christie and honourary chair was Olympian Joannie Rochette.Heart and Stroke Foundation BC & Yukon CEO Adrienne Bakker made opening remarks, and Man About Town Fred Lee was gala auctioneer. The gala ended with a Palladio Raffle Draw, the Samba Fusion dance troupe and a late-night buffet.

Over the past 12 years, more than $6 million has been raised through the Heart of Gold Gala. The funds will be used to empower women to protect their heart and brain health; encourage and invest in research for and about women; increase support for the next generation of female scientists; ensure women receive the best available treatment; and support patients, caregivers and families.

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Joannie Rochette, Olympic medallist and gala honourary chair; and Adrienne Baker, Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon CEO

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Paola Coronado Hass, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukonsenior adviser development; Brian Curin, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukon board chair; Felicity Curin, Little Kitchen Academy founder and gala committee member; Reyhaneh Wiebe, Guiness Business Centre managing director; and Kent Wiebe, Wiebe Wittmann El-Khatib LLP

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Aderita Guerreiro, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukon VP development; Faye Wightman, consultant; Jennifer Nelson, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukon communications manager; and Cecilia Tupper, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation director of development

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Tara Sedlak, VGH cardiologist; and Rudy Sedlak

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Dr. Victor Huckell, VGH cardiologist; and Jo-Anne Thomas, VGH nurse

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Olga Lee, Faith Wilson realtor; and Cynthia Anderson, Canfor executive assistant

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Stephanie MacLeod, St. Paul’s Heart Centre patient care manager; and Travis MacLeod, VSB teacher

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Brian Curin, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukon board chair; Charlene Ripley, Goldcorp Inc. EVP and general counsel; Gary Bakker; and Adrienne Bakker, Heart and Stroke BC & Yukon CEO

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Faye Wightman, consultant; and Dr. Santa Ono, UBC vice-chancellor

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Hurriya Burney, RBC VP commercial financial services; and Rupmeet Singh, RBC regional enablement coach

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Jennifer Burke, Heart and Stroke committee member; Sandra Haziza, Freestyle Canada director sports and development; and Rob Barlow, WireIE CEO

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Dr. Mona Lee, Lynn Valley Clinic family doctor; and Paul Caron, Caron Business Solutions principal

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Coleen Christie, Global News anchor; Alan Ferris, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver director of catering; and Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medallist

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Doug Clement, UBC professor emeritus sports medicine and former Olympian; and Diane Clement, best-selling cookbook author and former Olympian

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Jen Rainnie, Heart of Gold gala chair; and former gala chairs Diane Clement and Charmaine Crooks

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Shannon Heth, Milk Creative Communications founder; and Tiffany Soper, Avenue PR co-founder

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Stephen Judge, Liquidity Wines tasting room supervisor and wine club co-ordinator; Erin Korpisto, Liquidity Wines customer experience and communications manager; and Ian MacDonald, Liquidity Wines president

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Mark Goto and Grace Goto, 5M Photobooth co-founders

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Gala emcee Coleen Christie, Global News anchor

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Shelley Johnson, Nasco Productions director of events; and Michelle Mousseau, JW Marriott director of banquets and food services