CAN TOUCH THIS: The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) held its first-ever fundraising event, fronted by party chairs Paula Shackleton and Susan Knott, and emceed by yours truly emceed. More than 300 guests filed into the library’s downtown atrium for TOUCH, the digerati-luau benefiting the VPL’s Inspiration Lab, Canada’s first free digital creation space. The lab will house a digital recording studio and sound mixing equipment, video editing software and self-publishing support.
SWEET DUMPLINGS: More than a dozen media personalities and local darlings joined me for the sixth annual Celebrity Dim Sum, presented by Caya and sponsored by the Vancouver Courier. Notables, including Sophie Lui, Mary Zilba and Miss B.C. Ava Vanderstarren, pushed around dim sum carts filled with sweet and savoury dumplings for an appreciative crowd that gathered at Floata Restaurant for the AIDS Vancouver benefit. Since its inception, the event has raised $100,000 for the Asian Outreach project.
ART OF CARING: Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a charity that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income, and have few, if any, housing or support options. Kicking-off Homeless Action Week in the city, the non-profit hosted its annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala at the Imperial. Through circus, music, stories, dance and art, the gala highlighted the relief and hope a safe home provides. Proceeds support the ongoing operation of 19 locations in Metro Vancouver.
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