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The master of ceremonies, Chris Gailus, Global BC anchor

Event raises more than $4 million toward equipment and programs

Over 700 invite-only guests attended the Telus Night of A Thousand Stars Gala at Parq Vancouver on November 10. In partnership with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the event raised more than $4 million toward a vital new piece of equipment—a 3T MRI machine—as well as other priority programs of Vancouver Coastal Health. The gala’s master of ceremonies was Global BC News anchor Chris Gailus, and the 2018 Leadership Award went to the Gaglardi family for their transformational gift of $25 million in support of the Future of Surgery campaign. Guests bid on silent auction items prior to dinner followed by a raffle and live auction.

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health’s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. The gala, presented by Capital Direct, raises funds and awareness for hospital facilities while celebrating thousands of health care superstars and the vital work they do.

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Naz Panahi, gala co-chair; and Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO

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Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO; Mary Ackenhusen, Vancouver Coastal Health CEO; Kennedy Stewart, mayor of Vancouver; and his wife, Jeanette Ashe

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Jim Chu, Aquilini Investment Group VP; and his wife, Vicki Chu

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Carole Miceli, midwife; RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes; and Giulio Miceli, La Terrazza restaurant owner

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Jane Carrigan Gailus; and her husband, Chris Gailus, Global BC news anchor

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Dr. Lee Ann Wills, Lions Gate Hospital doctor; and Dr. Gary Redekop, VGH neurosurgeon

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Christina Anthony, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation chair and Odlum Brown VP; and Gary Segal, Kingswood Capital Corporation VP

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Andrea Gaglardi, Bob Gaglardi and Nathalie Gaglardi received the 2018 Leadership Award on behalf of the Gaglardi family

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Steve Walsh, Peak Mortgage Company; and Julie Tran, managing director

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Lisa Sweeney; Fei Wong, Taku Resort and Marina president and philanthropist; and Andrew Sweeney, Phillips, Hager & North VP

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Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, plastic surgeon; and Kip Woodward, Vancouver Coastal Health chair

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Wes Purdie, Harry Rosen managing director; and his wife, Yvette Purdie

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Darcia Pope, Vancouver Coastal Health VP; and Sarah Payne, Vancouver Coastal Health director of transformation

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Tony Geheran, Telus Broadband Networks executive VP and president; Juggy Sihota, Telus Consumer Health VP; and Monique Mercier, executive VP Telus Corporate Affairs and chief legal and governance officer 

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Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO, speaks at the gala

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Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO, speaks at the gala

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Juggy Sihota, Telus Consumer Health VP, speaks at the gala

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The live auction

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Server Cameron Dent delivers dinner to guests

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The silent auction items