Almost $6 million raised to fund robotic surgery
Over 900 guests and VIPs attended the 22nd annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre on November 18. Presented by Telus, the event raised a record-breaking $5.95 million toward the next generation of robotic surgery at VGH.
The evening began with a cocktail reception and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items before guests headed into the ballroom for the gala. Global BC News Hour anchor Chris Gailus was the gala emcee.
Darlene Poole donated a generous gift of $1.97 million for the new robot named after her husband, Jack. The 2017 Leadership Award was given to Peterson and the Yeung Family, in recognition of their exceptional philanthropic leadership.
After dinner, Goldcorp Inc. sponsored the popular Twilight Lounge with dancing to the Famous Players Band.
Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO; and Bob Gaglardi, Northland Properties Ltd. founder
Thys Le Grange, Goldcorp Inc. director cyber security; and Marina Le Grange
Joan Chambers, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP partner; and her husband, Darryl Chambers, retired
Debbie Hungerford, Cafe Ami owner; and her daughter Briana Hungerford
Margaret Rolfe, retired; Peter Dearbourgh, retired; and Carol Merciar, retired
Claudia Orrante, personal concierge; and Luis Castro, Goldcorp Inc. manager internal audit
Lesley and Steven Rappard, retired
Devina Zalesky, AllWest Insurance president; and Paul Zalesky, AllWest Insurance CEO
Dr. John Yee, thoracic surgeon; Luigi Aquilini, Aquilini Investment Group founder; and Jim Chu, Aquilini Group SVP
Blake Gilks, Vancouver Coastal Health regional department head pathology; and Susan Porter, UBC dean of graduate studies
David Chung, Dava Development Ltd. founder; Alice Chung, Alive Health Centre owner; Lily Lee, Robert and Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre founder and local philanthropist; Ratana and Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path founders
Emily Ko; and Jason Ko, Viva Pharmaceutical Inc. president and CEO
Stephanie Cochran Forgacs, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation associate director of major gifts; Brooke Wade; and Tracey Wade, Wade Capital president
Charlene Taylor, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation associate director gift and estate planning; Gary Segal, Kingswood Capital Corporation VP; and his father, Joe Segal, Kingswood Capital Corporation founder and local philanthropist
Melita Segal and her husband Lorne Segal, Kingswood Properties Ltd. president
Pianist Jennifer Lauren performed for guests at the reception
Global BC News Hour anchor Chris Gailus as master of ceremonies