In the Bank: Thousands filed through the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre for the 26th annual CBC Food Bank Day and Open House. Fans toured the studios at 700 Hamilton St. and met some of their favourite CBC personalities, including George Stroumboulopoulos, Peter Mansbridge, Rick Cluff and Gloria Macarenko. The spirit of giving was alive and well as $535,000 was raised for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which does not receive government funding and relies solely on the generosity of individuals and organizations.
Power Lunch: On a dark stormy night nearly two decades ago, Diane Forsythe-Abbott locked herself out of her car. She sought refuge and a warm place to sit at the YWCA's Crabtree Corner, a shelter for single women and their kids in the Downtown Eastside. Touched by their stories of survival, Forsythe-Abbott vowed to help. Forsythe-Abbott's 18th charity luncheon at Hy's Encore picked up another $50,000 for the women's resource centre. The Hornby-off-Dunsmuir steakhouse welcomed 100 of the city's top society darlings to the annual ladies luncheon.
A Big Carat: Diamond dealer Colin Ferguson showed off his hard assets at a reception held at the Pan Pacific Hotel. High net-worth clients joined media personalities at the Rare Investment bling fling. Security was tight as the country's largest collection of rare, precious, coloured and white diamonds - one weighing in at 40 carats and valued at $3.8 million - were on display.