Fred UnLEEshed: May 1, 2015

HEAVY MEDALS: The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. The Canadian Club of Vancouver recently staged its annual Order of Canada luncheon to celebrate the program’s recent B.C. honourees. For the first time, members were joined by recipients of the province’s highest honour of induction, the Order of British Columbia. More than 150 guests — some of the city’s top movers and shakers — filed into the ballroom for the royal affair. Yours truly presided over the event, presented by Lawson Lundell. Former prime minister Kim Campbell, a member of both orders, was the afternoon’s keynote. Among the luminaries feted were Order of Canada recipients Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Olav Slaymaker and Order of B.C. inductees Bob Rennie and Leslie Diamond.

LIFT OFF: New age guru, philosopher and author Deepak Chopra headlined Lift, the Children Foundation’s third annual gala. The charity’s founder John Volken welcomed nearly 400 guests, who paid up to $2,000 a-ticket to attend the fundraising event with the spiritual leader. Chopra first signed books and held an intimate discussion with VIPs at an exclusive reception staged at the Pan Pacific Hotel before making his way to the main ballroom for the humanitarian dinner emceed by Pamela Martin. A well-heeled crowd gathered to generate funds to assist more than 10,000 African children in 80-plus orphanages become self-sufficient through sustainable agricultural production and education.  

CARE GIVERS: Cause We Care Foundation is a Vancouver-based charitable foundation created by women for needy single mothers and their children. Founder Andrea Hill hosted the organization’s inaugural cocktail party at the Equinox Gallery. Opting to skip the televised Canucks playoff hockey game, 300 guests attended the Hawksworth-catered affair to learn more about the fledgling charity and support school programs at inner city schools.

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