PHOTOS: Vancouver Chinatown Foundation Autumn Gala and Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala

Big spenders come out for the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and Richmond Hospital Foundation’s biggest night.

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation Autumn Gala – November 9, 2023

The community comes out to help complete 58 West Hastings, a social housing project that will provide 231 homes along with integrated health-care facilities to serve the neighbourhood.

Angela Grossmann led the seven-artist initiative in support of Carol Lee’s 58 West Hastings project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Tassan and David Sung of Nicola Wealth were among 850 business and community leaders who attended Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s Autumn Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Yours truly along with Global TV’s Sophie Lui hosted Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s biggest night.

Novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland and his partner Jason McWhinnie. Coupland’s iceberg painting from his newest exhibition would fetch $130,000 in the live auction.

Gala chairs Darlene Poole and Sam Feldman would see $1.95 million raised from the charity dinner and art auction.

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation committee member Leslie Lee thanked Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun for his contributions to the art auction. An A-list group of artists donated works to the art auction, including Yuxweluptun, Dana Claxton, Angela Grosmann, Ken Lum, Douglas Coupland, Martha Sturdy and Stan Douglas.

Premier David Eby with art collector and gala committee member Tom Gautreau. Replicas of the seven artworks will also be displayed in the 10-storey 58 West Hastings housing project.

Philanthropist and art collector Michael Audain attended Martha Sturdy’s artist-led Vancouver Chinatown fundraising initiative to help revitalize and revive the historic neighbourhood.

Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala – November 4

The Richmond community rallies and raises a record-setting $1.3 million to purchase innovative state-of-the-art medical equipment for Richmond Hospital.  The game-changing technology will expedite diagnosis and ensure faster recovery for patients.

Dan-D-Foods COO Alan Law with Top Chef Canada judge and Starlight Gala master of ceremonies Mijune Pak. Dan-D-Foods Foundation matched donations at the black-tie benefit.

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix was welcomed by Richmond Hospital Foundation Campaign Director Spencer Gall.

Hospital supporters and Leadership Award recipients Pius and Cindy Chan spark-plugged the night of giving with a $200,000 gift towards the hospital’s greatest needs that included an echocardiography ultrasound machine and a hip table.

Fraser Roberts of the Greczmiel Family, the presenting sponsor of 2023’s Starlight Gala, with Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Senior Marketing Manager Yee Tak Lai. The evening of recognition and philanthropy would raise a record-setting $1.3 million.

Richmond Steveston MLA Kelly Greene joined CEO Natalie Meixner for the foundation’s biggest night.

Richmond Hospital Foundation Chair Chad Pederson escorted his wife Beverly Seto to the red-carpet affair staged at River Rock Resort and Casino.

Grateful for the care they received, breast cancer survivor Deanna Lawson and her husband Julius Simihag shared their patient story with gala-goers.

Richmond Hospital radiologist Dr. Ian Wong thanked supporters for the game-changing equipment they helped purchase following the successful night of fundraising.