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Mike Hudson, former NHL player; Lisa Hudson, BC Hospital Foundation chair; Sandi Treliving; and Jim Treliving, Dragons' Den TV personality and Boston Pizza International founder

Gala raises $4 million for BC Children's Hospital Foundation

On November 16, more than 400 guests attended the 32nd annual Crystal Ball, raising over $4 million benefitting the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Presented by Beedie, the evening began with a cocktail reception and bidding on silent auction items, followed by a four-course dinner; live auction with CBC’s Fred Lee; and a raffle draw.

Auction items included an Elton John concert at Rogers Arena in a Legends Suite for 33 people; an exclusive Cabo hideaway vacation; a ultimate Whistler VIP experience; a trip to Japan; and an 18.69 carat diamond bracelet. The theme of this years gala, kintsukuroi, is the Japanese philosophy that there is “perfection in imperfection.”

Crystal Ball is supporting the BC Children’s Hospital’s pediatric mental health programs, helping to bring hope and guidance to countless children and families in need. Last year, there were more than 16,000 visits from kids who accessed mental health services. The BC Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the province devoted to the care of children providing expert care for the sickest and most seriously injured kids. Since its inception, Crystal Ball has raised over $30 million for BC Children’s Hospital.

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Teri Nicholas, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation president and CEO; and her husband, Lee Nicholas

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Nicole Milani and her husband, Vern Milani, Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating president; and Michelle Weinberg, gala committee member

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Derek Lemke, VPD detective; Linda Lemke, BC Children’s Hospital CEO; Elizabeth Jones; and Darrell Jones, Overwaitea Food Group president

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Mimmo Guadagnuolo, retired; and Catherine Guadagnuolo, Vestis Fashion Group founder

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Jane Carrigan Gailus and her husband and gala emcee, Chris Gailus, Global News anchor

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Maddi Koop, KPMG accountant; and Michael Delucchi, PwC senior associate

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Jim Thomson; Margaret Thomson, The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation treasurer; Hamid Eshghi, The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation president; and Arya Eshghi

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Sylvia Chen; Hussein Shivji, Shivji Financial Services founder; Chris Gailus, Global News anchor and gala emcee; and Holly Alexander, National Bank senior private banker

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Trish Skinner; and John Skinner, Painted Rock Estate Winery proprietor and gala wine sponsor

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Michelle Weinberg, gala committee member; and her husband, Martin Weinberg, Halston Court Capital CEO

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Mike Hudson, former NHL player; Lisa Hudson, BC Hospital Foundation chair; Jacquie Prokopanko; and Richard Prokopanko, P.Richards Canada principal

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Oleg Minchenko, De Beers Diamond Jewellers Canada CEO; and Aya Primbetova, De Beers VP

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Dana Bourne; and her husband, Rick Bourne, Langara Fishing Adventures owner and auction donor

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The 32nd annual Crystal Ball

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The 32nd annual Crystal Ball

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The silent auction items included autographed Vancouver Canucks jerseys

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Art up for auction

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Live traditional Japanese music