GLITZ & GLAMOUR: Richmond was party central for two of its venerable fundraisers. A capacity crowd gathered at the Radisson Airport Hotel for The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society’s 11th Heart & Soul soiree, sponsored by the Vancouver Courier. Vancouver’s top drag divas kicked up their stiletto heels at the cabaret style dinner yours truly emceed. Proceeds support the society’s multitude of services, including its grocery and HIV 101 student education programs. At River Rock Show Theatre, singer Chantal Kreviazuk headlined Richmond Hospital’s 15th Starlight Gala. The posh party raised a record-breaking $460,000.
SUITE RESULT: A TELUS suite for the upcoming Beyonce concert fetched a jaw-dropping $190,000 at the Gift of Time Gala. The live auction result catapulted party chairs Zahra Mamdani and Cathy Trimble’s Canucks Place Children Hospice fundraiser over the $1 million mark. Other highlights included a show-stopping performance by eight-year-old Elias Tyson Venegas and heartfelt words from 18-year-old Sadie Lourenco, who spoke of her twin sister who passed away from cancer.
GEARING UP: More than 400 luxury car enthusiasts converged at the Porsche Centre Vancouver for the grand opening of The Dilawri Automotive Group’s new state-of-the-art facility on Terminal Avenue. Yours truly hosted the impressive show and shine featuring Vancouver’s top chefs, Bella Electric and the dealership’s hot wheels.
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