Gala raises funds to provide complex care for children with life-threatening illnesses
Abbotsford, B.C. (February 23, 2023): Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is pleased to announce that the 9th annual Gift of Love Gala presented by MNP will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Abbotsford Centre. Donors, partners, sponsors, and supporters of Canuck Place from the Fraser Valley will come together for a spectacular night to raise funds for pediatric palliative care for children and families across B.C. and the Yukon.
Guests will come together in person for this year's Gift of Love Gala, hosted by Every Conversation Counts author, Riaz Meghji. The evening will feature an exceptional dinner, exciting live and silent auctions, incredible entertainment, including youth performers from the MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band, and dancing with DJ Marvel. Gala attendees will also be introduced to Canuck Place parents Erin and Federico Angel, who will share their family’s story and care experience at Canuck Place. A candle lighting ceremony will take place in honour of Erin and Federico’s son, Alejo, and all of the children at Canuck Place. Following the candle lighting ceremony, guests will be treated to a special performance by local singer, Tyson Venegas who just received the first Platinum Ticket to Hollywood on American Idol.
Guests and all residents across B.C. can enter an exciting raffle sponsored by Lanka Jewels, for a chance to win a beautiful one-of-a-kind 14K white gold blue zircon and diamond ring valued at $8,000. Deadline to purchase raffle tickets is February 25 at 9:30 p.m. and the winner will be drawn at 10 p.m. All raffle proceeds will benefit Canuck Place. Visit the raffle site for purchase details.
Guests and B.C. residents will also have access to bid on auction items from incredible donors around the province, including an escape to beautiful West Cracroft Island for an all-inclusive four-day kayaking retreat for two, courtesy of Spirit of the West Adventures, a Vancouver Canucks night out in the city, a three-night stay at La Casa Cottages in Kelowna, and more. All auction proceeds will benefit care at Canuck Place. Visit the auction site for more details.
Over the past eight years, Gift of Love has raised over $2.95 million to support care at Canuck Place. All funds raised at this year’s event will support complex medical care for over 830 children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families, across B.C. and the Yukon.
EVENT: Gift of Love Gala presented by MNP
DATE: Saturday, February 25
LOCATION: Abbotsford Centre
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
GIFT OF LOVE GALA CO-CHAIRS: Aprille Ferrario, Denise de Jonge, and Suzanne Adams
GIFT OF LOVE GALA COMMITTEE: Amy Badesha, Chrissy Nicholson, Christina Esposito, Jessica Summers, Kam Riarh, Leisha Wiens, Marcie Cyr, Miranda Hardy, Nikki Lundegren, Sarah Tremblay, and Tanya Georget.
About Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia and Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 830 children living with life-threatening illnesses and families from five provincial health regions receive Canuck Place inpatient and community care (in home/in hospital). Canuck Place operates 13 patient beds and 8 family suites through two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include in-hospice medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, provincial 24-hour clinical care line, music and recreation therapy, education and art, grief, loss, and bereavement counselling, as well as end-of-life care. With donors, research initiatives, our talented team, patient partners, and over 370 volunteers, we care for children with short lives and the families who love them. canuckplace.org