Carmela Laurino, Two Worlds Cancer Gala chair; and Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration founder & president.

Carmela Laurino, Two Worlds Cancer Gala chair; and Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration founder & president.

Carol Ward, TWCC volunteer supporter; and Cavelti necklace model Rachel Kapsalis, Vetrina owner.

Carol Ward, TWCC volunteer supporter; and Cavelti necklace model Rachel Kapsalis, Vetrina owner.

Cliff Ronning, Base Hockey VP & co-founder, former Vancouver Canuck and raffle donor; and his wife, Ivana Ronning, Ivy and Dee Cake Couture principal.

Cliff Ronning, Base Hockey VP & co-founder, former Vancouver Canuck and raffle donor; and his wife, Ivana Ronning, Ivy and Dee Cake Couture principal.

Daniel Bosa, Nova Drywall Systems owner; Cliff Ronning, Base Hockey owner; and Bruce Jung, local businessman.

Daniel Bosa, Nova Drywall Systems owner; Cliff Ronning, Base Hockey owner; and Bruce Jung, local businessman.

Zahra Lalani, TWCC executive committee member and palliative care nurse; and Dr. Gillian Fyles, TWCC executive committee member.

Zahra Lalani, TWCC executive committee member and palliative care nurse; and Dr. Gillian Fyles, TWCC executive committee member.

TWCC committee members: Janet Holt; Katrina Disimo; Sandy Infanti, Two Worlds Cancer Gala vice-chair; Carmela Laurino, Two Worlds Cancer Gala chair; and Liana Fediuk.

TWCC committee members: Janet Holt; Katrina Disimo; Sandy Infanti, Two Worlds Cancer Gala vice-chair; Carmela Laurino, Two Worlds Cancer Gala chair; and Liana Fediuk.

Tahirih Manetta; and Piero Manetta, Van-Burn Construction principal.

Tahirih Manetta; and Piero Manetta, Van-Burn Construction principal.

Harv Opel, Fire-Tech Sprinklers owner; and Agnieszka Opel.

Harv Opel, Fire-Tech Sprinklers owner; and Agnieszka Opel.

Peter Van Hombeeck, Ensign Pacific lease manager; Jeanette Carusi, ICBC employee; Pete Pietramala, IBM account manager; Angelo Carusi, ICBC trainer; Cindy Van Hombeeck; and Paula Pietramala.

Peter Van Hombeeck, Ensign Pacific lease manager; Jeanette Carusi, ICBC employee; Pete Pietramala, IBM account manager; Angelo Carusi, ICBC trainer; Cindy Van Hombeeck; and Paula Pietramala.

Hildegard Cavelti; her husband Toni Cavelti, master jeweller; and Rachel Kapsalis, wearing Cavelti necklace up for raffle.

Hildegard Cavelti; her husband Toni Cavelti, master jeweller; and Rachel Kapsalis, wearing Cavelti necklace up for raffle.

Steve Darling, Global TV new anchor; Shelley Johnson, SLJ Productions principal; and Laura Serena, Serena PR managing director.

Steve Darling, Global TV new anchor; Shelley Johnson, SLJ Productions principal; and Laura Serena, Serena PR managing director.

Two Worlds Cancer Gala 2014
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle
October 2, 2014

More than 300 business and community leaders attended the inaugural Two Worlds Cancer Gala presented by Onni Group at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle and produced by SLJ Productions. A cocktail reception in the ballroom foyer was followed by dinner in the main ballroom. More than $565,000 was raised.

Minister of Environment Mary Polak spoke to guests followed by entertainment by Cole Page, a raffle draw by Toni Cavelti for a $24,000 necklace, remarks by Dr. Simon Sutcliffe of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and a live auction conducted by Tyler Olson of West Coast Auctions.    

Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration is a nonprofit organization that works to improve cancer outcomes in the developing world where children with cancer lack ready access to care, medications or pain control. Three-quarters of the world’s cancer occurs in the developing world. While it is becoming a chronic disease in Canada, cancer is usually fatal in these countries.