Christie King, Face the World board member; Milk, drag performer; Bruce Orr, Orr Development principal; Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and Face the World founder; and Janelle Washington

Christie King, Face the World board member; Milk, drag performer; Bruce Orr, Orr Development principal; Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and Face the World founder; and Janelle Washington

Cohen family matriarch Marlene Cohen and Umberto Menghi, restaurateur who will soon be opening Giardino on Hornby beside the spot his old restaurant Il Giardino di Umberto used to be.

Cohen family matriarch Marlene Cohen and Umberto Menghi, restaurateur who will soon be opening Giardino on Hornby beside the spot his old restaurant Il Giardino di Umberto used to be.

Dennis Wasylenko, Parks Canada senior urban outreach officer; and Simon Cooksley from Simon Cooksley Event Design who has been designing the Face of Today galas for 13 years

Dennis Wasylenko, Parks Canada senior urban outreach officer; and Simon Cooksley from Simon Cooksley Event Design who has been designing the Face of Today galas for 13 years

Julia Molnar, Isola Bella Kids Boutique owner; and her husband, David Cubitt, actor

Julia Molnar, Isola Bella Kids Boutique owner; and her husband, David Cubitt, actor

Kevin Chase, Kore Hair Salon stylist; and Christie King, Face the World board member

Kevin Chase, Kore Hair Salon stylist; and Christie King, Face the World board member

Mayor Gregor Robertson; and his executive assistant Nicole Seguin

Mayor Gregor Robertson; and his executive assistant Nicole Seguin

Wendy Zajac and her husband, Mel Zajac, The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation founder

Wendy Zajac and her husband, Mel Zajac, The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation founder

Philip Barnes, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts regional VP Pacific Northwest and GM; Jill Killeen, Face the World board member; and her husband, Mike Killeen, CTV Evening News co-anchor

Philip Barnes, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts regional VP Pacific Northwest and GM; Jill Killeen, Face the World board member; and her husband, Mike Killeen, CTV Evening News co-anchor

Neil Aisenstat, Hy's of Canada/Gotham Steakhouse president; and Jessica Taylor, Shapiro Hankinson and Knutson Law Corporation barrister and solicitor

Neil Aisenstat, Hy's of Canada/Gotham Steakhouse president; and Jessica Taylor, Shapiro Hankinson and Knutson Law Corporation barrister and solicitor

Joy MacPhail, former MLA; and her husband, James Shavick, Shavick Entertainment CEO

Joy MacPhail, former MLA; and her husband, James Shavick, Shavick Entertainment CEO

Marika Palmer; her husband, Frank Palmer, DDB Canada chairman & CEO; and Ronnie Negus, former star of The Real Housewives of Vancouver TV series

Marika Palmer; her husband, Frank Palmer, DDB Canada chairman & CEO; and Ronnie Negus, former star of The Real Housewives of Vancouver TV series

Arrabella Campbell and Russell Hollingsworth, architect, greet Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder

Arrabella Campbell and Russell Hollingsworth, architect, greet Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Jill Killeen, Face the World board member

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Jill Killeen, Face the World board member

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Andrea Hill, Cause We Care Foundation founder

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Andrea Hill, Cause We Care Foundation founder

Emcee Mike Killeen, CTV Evening News co-anchor; and Fiona Forbes, Shaw TV host

Emcee Mike Killeen, CTV Evening News co-anchor; and Fiona Forbes, Shaw TV host

Pamela Martin, BC Liberal Party director of engagement; and Nicole Harvie, HELLO! Magazine Vancouver contributor

Pamela Martin, BC Liberal Party director of engagement; and Nicole Harvie, HELLO! Magazine Vancouver contributor

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Feizal Virani, designer

Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; and Feizal Virani, designer

Loig Morin, Loig's Music Lab founder; and his assistant/photographer Elsa Zekri

Loig Morin, Loig's Music Lab founder; and his assistant/photographer Elsa Zekri

Drag performer Milk entertains the guests

Drag performer Milk entertains the guests

Dimitri Kotsalis, The BMW Store GM; BMW i8 lease auction winner Bobby Genovese, BG Capital Investment Group chairman, Dee Dee Eustace, architect & interior designer; and Christian Chia, OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd. president & CEO

Dimitri Kotsalis, The BMW Store GM; BMW i8 lease auction winner Bobby Genovese, BG Capital Investment Group chairman, Dee Dee Eustace, architect & interior designer; and Christian Chia, OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd. president & CEO

Janelle Washington; Christie King, Face the World board member; and Ronnie Negus, former star of The Real Housewives of Vancouver TV series

Janelle Washington; Christie King, Face the World board member; and Ronnie Negus, former star of The Real Housewives of Vancouver TV series

Mike Bonner, BMO Financial Group senior VP, BC & Yukon; Nancy Segal; Liz Zlotnik; Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; David Cubitt, actor; and his wife, Julia Molnar, Isola Bella Kids Boutique owner

Mike Bonner, BMO Financial Group senior VP, BC & Yukon; Nancy Segal; Liz Zlotnik; Jacqui Cohen, Face the World founder; David Cubitt, actor; and his wife, Julia Molnar, Isola Bella Kids Boutique owner

Musician Jim Byrnes and Robyn Post

Musician Jim Byrnes and Robyn Post

Gary Brown, Silver Wheaton CFO and senior VP; and Anna Wallner, TV host/producer

Gary Brown, Silver Wheaton CFO and senior VP; and Anna Wallner, TV host/producer

Vicki Gabereau, media and television personality; and her husband, Tom Rowe, TV producer

Vicki Gabereau, media and television personality; and her husband, Tom Rowe, TV producer

Joesph Bowcott, Highbury Foundation; and Serge Blanchette, Highbury Foundation

Joesph Bowcott, Highbury Foundation; and Serge Blanchette, Highbury Foundation

Jacqui Cohen greets guests at her front door

Jacqui Cohen greets guests at her front door

Auctioneers Howard Blank, Anna Wallner and Joy MacPhail work the crowd

Auctioneers Howard Blank, Anna Wallner and Joy MacPhail work the crowd

Jacqui Cohen and Rob Menard

Jacqui Cohen and Rob Menard

A one-year lease on this 2015 BMWi i8 was the auction highlight at Face the World.

A one-year lease on this 2015 BMWi i8 was the auction highlight at Face the World.

Face the World's 25th Silver Anniversary Gala raises $1.5 million for charitable organizations

Face the World's 25th Silver Anniversary Gala 2015
Jacqui Cohen's Point Grey home
June 13, 2015

More than 200 guests, including prominent business and community leaders, attended Face the World's 25th Anniversary Gala held at Army & Navy president Jacqui Cohen's Point Grey residence with presenting sponsors BMO Bank of Montreal. The event raised $1.5 million dollars for organizations that support abused women and children, the elderly and the homeless. The evening began with a champagne reception in the driveway to the sounds of DJ Loig Morin of Loig's Music Lab. Guests also had an opportunity to bid on silent auction items.

Emcees Vicki Gabereau, Canadian television and radio personality, and Mike Killeen, CTV Evening News co-anchor, made opening remarks before dinner with a live auction afterward featuring auctioneer Howard Blanks. The auction saw intense bidding for art, travel and a lease on a BMW i8, donated by The BMW Store, which fetched close to its $70,000 value. New York drag performer Milk entertained to wild applause from the audience followed by DJ Loig who spun tunes on the dance floor for the after-dinner partygoers.

"It was a profound evening on many levels and I am very grateful for the support of sponsors, suppliers and all of my guests who I hold so dear,” said Cohen. “Because of everyone’s efforts and unwavering commitment, the Foundation is able to make a true difference in the community."

Face the World Foundation was started in May 1991 to provide the hands of hope to the less fortunate members of the Vancouver community. More than $15 million has been donated to hundreds of grassroots organizations.