Canuck Place’s marquee event Gift of Time set a new fundraising standard when a reported $1.53 million was raised from the posh party. A caring community of generous supporters, sponsors and volunteers made the scene for the gala’s 15th staging. Gala co-chairs Karley Rice, Lee Rennison, Pippa Morgan and a 20-member committee welcomed 750 well-heeled and well-dressed guests to the charity dinner held at the Parq Vancouver ballroom and presented by Nicola Wealth.
Throughout the glittery evening, revellers placed bids on a unique and exclusive collection of live and silent auction items, contributing nearly $500,000 towards the event’s final tally. But as usual, the major gifts came after hearing from Canuck Place family members. Canuck Place father Emmanuel Domingo, whose teenage son, Kristian received expert clinical care at Canuck Place, shared a powerful speech bringing the captivated audience to its feet.
“Canuck Place gave us the gift of time … time to allow us to be a family,” said Domingo.
“After Kristian passed away, we reluctantly left Canuck Place feeling lost, empty and profoundly sad. But our journey with Canuck Place was far from over. They continued to care of us. They provided support for our grief, and still do. We are so grateful for the abundance of compassion and kindness they have given, not only for us, but for all the children and families they care for.”